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Overview: 

The Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center 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, starting at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia.

Our Project is growing and we are seeking to add to our dedicated and talented team. We are seeking an Outreach Paralegal who is passionate about creating justice for immigrant communities and believes in building strong teams. The Outreach Paralegal will work under the direction and supervision of SPLC attorneys to perform extensive outreach to current and prospective clients and community organizations; conduct field investigation and advocacy, including know-your-rights presentations; provide case management and support; conduct research; and organize information. Substantial overnight travel will be required. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Work with a team of attorneys and outreach paralegals on multi-strategy legal challenges and campaigns
  • Manage and maintain routine client communication (by phone and in person)
  • Assist in case/campaign investigation and development
  • Assist with developing, organizing, and supporting cases including administrative tasks, document management and review and trial preparation
  • Develop and execute organizing and outreach strategies to current and prospective clients and community partners
  • Support community partners to advocate for policy changes affecting their community
  • Conduct community outreach and education including but not limited to Know Your Rights presentations, door-to-door canvassing, and facilitating or supporting community meetings
  • Research, investigate, and document facts of case, including conducting detailed intake interviews and tracking down and obtaining documents
  • Prepare and organize research, notes and legal documents
  • Perform discovery information management and trial preparation
  • Assist with settlement administration
  • Work with parents/guardians and immigrant youth to access education
  • Willingness to travel and work long hours, including weekends, as needed 

Qualifications (Education and Related Work Experience): 

  • College degree or relevant work experience
  • One to two years’ experience working with and for socioeconomically disadvantaged populations including low-wage and immigrant workers, detained immigrants, or immigrant children
  • One to two years’ outreach experience
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Haitian Creole 

Knowledge, skills and abilities: 

  • Initiative and ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced work environment
  • Strong organizational skills, follow-through and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to develop new campaigns and legal initiatives
  • Ability to work on several cases or campaigns at once and take direction from several attorneys
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Commitment to and passion for social justice
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to problems faced by immigrants and immigrant communities
  • Commitment to a client-centered approach to advocacy and ability to work on delicate issues in a compassionate and sensitive manner
  • Experience working with diverse groups of partners
  • Willingness to learn and use internal computer systems and databases 

Other Special Considerations: 

  • This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions. 

Disclaimer: 

  • 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 and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

  Metro Area Miami FL
  Job Location City Miami
  Job Location State Florida
  Job Location Country United States
  Job Category Legal
  Prefered Experience 1 year(s)
  Job Type Full time
 
  Language 1 English ( Speak )  
  Language 2 Spanish ( Speak )  
  Language 3 Creole ( Speak )  
  Job Posting Date Jun. 22, 2017
 

Organization Details

  Organization Name Southern Poverty Law Centger
  Organizational Focus Law and Legal Assistance
  Contact Person Derrick Carr
  Contact Phone (334) 956-8436
  Contact Fax none posted
  Contact Email humanresources@splcenter.org
  Web Address https://www.splcenter.org/

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