The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI), a pro bono immigrant detention center-based deportation defense project, is seeking a Senior Staff Attorney to be SIFI’s point person for analyzing advocacy and litigation opportunities arising out of SIFI’s work. Based on data gathered from SIFI representation, this attorney will develop and coordinate impact litigation and multi-strategy advocacy campaigns on behalf of detained immigrants. A commitment to SIFI’s goals, in addition to the ability to work long hours, including some weekends, is required.
SIFI is part of the Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which works to protect the rights of immigrants and their children to ensure they are treated with fairness and respect for their dignity. Our work is focused in two main areas: (1) protecting migrant workers from exploitation and (2) defending immigrants against unlawful government action, including challenging harsh anti-immigrant laws and practices; protecting the due process rights of detained immigrants facing immigration enforcement; and accessing education for immigrant children. In recent years, we have ended discriminatory practices that reduced immigrants’ access to driver’s licenses in Georgia and to register to vote in Louisiana. We have won millions of dollars in stolen wages and other compensation to migrant workers in states such as South Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi. We have recently launched an ambitious project to provide free legal representation to immigrants detained in southeastern detention centers, the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (“SIFI”).
By ensuring that skilled attorneys are available, at no charge, to protect the due process rights of detained immigrants, SIFI endeavors to win every meritorious deportation defense case arising out of immigration enforcement actions. In addition to winning immigration cases for our clients, SIFI’s goals include public education that demystifies who immigrants are; grinding the deportation machine to a halt; and shutting down detention centers that cannot meet the basic constitutional requirements appropriate for civil adjudications. SIFI has begun at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, in collaboration with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Council, the Innovation Law Lab and the American Immigration Representation Project. It will then be expanded to other immigrant detention centers throughout the Southeast.
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This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions. All applicants should submit cover letter, resume, references, and legal writing sample.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
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