The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) provides high-quality, pro bono legal representation to immigrants detained in the southeastern United States. SIFI’s skilled legal teams focus on winning detained immigrants’ release from custody. In partnership with other SPLC legal teams and pro bono volunteers, SIFI teams also engage in other forms of advocacy, including: removal defense through merits; advocacy to redress harm from conditions of confinement; and federal litigation to challenge the deportation machine.
SIFI currently serves immigrants imprisoned at five major detention centers across the Southeast: the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA; the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, GA; the Folkston ICE Processing Center in Folkston, GA; the LaSalle ICE Processing Center in Jena, LA, and the Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center in Pine Prairie, LA. To promote greater client contact, SIFI’s four offices are located near the detention centers where our clients are confined. Each office has a Lead Attorney, one or two Direct Services Attorneys, and one or two Project Coordinators. Some have an Administrative Assistant. Pro bono attorneys, law students, and interpreters regularly volunteer remotely and at the offices to expand SIFI’s legal representation.
The SIFI Helpline is an important resource for detainees seeking legal assistance. Immigrant detainees in each of the five centers and others use the SIFI Helpline to request legal assistance and obtain updates related to the SIFI’s advocacy.
The SIFI Helpline Intake Specialist will help manage the daily operation of the SIFI Helpline. The Helpline Specialist will answer incoming SIFI Helpline calls, provide case updates to clients in detention and their loved ones, perform case intakes with first-time callers, and refer callers appropriately, keeping updated lists of referrals. The Helpline Specialist will also ensure that case intake information and call logs are accurately and timely updated in the case management database. The Specialist will also work with the SIFI staff to ensure proper workflow and consistent practices are implemented across the program to help further the SIFI’s advocacy.
Primary Job Functions:
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references.
Other Special Considerations:
This position is represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild.
This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
This is a permanent, full-time position.
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.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.
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