The Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef) is a next generation, social justice law firm that defends our immigrant communities against systematic injustices in our legal system. We provide legal representation and popular education classes to Southern California’s most marginalized immigrant communities. The leadership staff of Immigrant Defenders Law Center has been involved in providing pro bono legal services and education to immigrants and their families in Los Angeles for more than 15 years. Our website is www.immdef.org.
The Detained Youth Empowerment Project (DYEP) works directly with unaccompanied children and youth (“UC”), including pregnant and parenting teens, detained in Office of Refugee and Resettlement (ORR) shelters in the greater Los Angeles area. The majority of these minors have been recently apprehended by the Border Patrol, and many have experienced serious trauma. The DYEP program coordinates legal services (facilitating Know-Your-Rights presentations and conducting legal screenings) to UCs detained in 3 local ORR detention facilities, identifies free and/or low-cost legal representation for UCs reunifying with sponsors throughout the US, coordinates “Friend of Court” services for unrepresented minors appearing on the Detained Juvenile Docket and manages our Long Term Foster Care (LTFC) legal referrals. The DYEP team is responsible for inputting, analyzing and reporting data using multiple data collection platforms.
Responsibilities: Popular Education & FOC Coordination
The “Program Associate” position is responsible for conducting our weekly legal services to 3 local ORR shelters. This includes facilitating our Know-Your-Rights (KYR) presentation and legal screenings using Popular Education pedagogy. In addition, our Program Associate will also work with our Children’s Representation Program (CRP) to (1) ensure that unrepresented detained minors appearing on the Detained Juvenile Docket receive court preparation services by one of our “Friend of Court” attorneys and (2) manage our local and nationwide Long Term Foster Care (LTFC) relief determination requests and referrals.
Scope of Work:
Hours: 40 hours/week per position.
Salary:$15-17 per hour, commensurate with experience + generous benefits package, including health, dental, vision, sick and vacation time, 11 paid holidays/year, and one paid week off between Christmas and New Years.
All applicants should include a cover letter that addresses:
1) Why are you interested in working with immigrants? 2) Why do you think ImmDef would be a good fit for you? 3) What skills make you particularly suited for the position described?
Email resume, cover letter and at least two references to Sofia Castrejon-Teodoro, Program Manager for Detained Youth, Immigrant Defenders Law Center.
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