Legal Assistant

Legal Action Program

DESCRIPTION

Justice in Motion seeks a bilingual (English/Spanish) candidate for our Legal Assistant position. The Legal Assistant will work closely with and report directly to the Legal Director. This position provides a unique opportunity to join a dynamic team of internationally-minded creative thinkers and change makers.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist with the execution of cross-border cases filed in the United States or Canada that require action by the Defender Network in Mexico and Central America, including but not limited to scheduling and conducting intakes with defenders and US and Canadian lawyers, making appropriate referrals, data entry, note taking, invoice processing, conducting evaluations, case metrics report generation, and writing case summaries

  • Provide administrative support to Legal Director, including but not limited to planning logistics for events, using new technology to streamline operations, encouraging fluid communication with defenders about cases and program policies, and communicating goals, operations, and successes

  • Maintain a basic knowledge of relevant laws, policies and trends related to migration in the Americas and access to justice affecting our target populations

  • Research and writing for publications, presentations, and special projects

  • Provide general support to legal action programs as necessary

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • B.A., B.S., or equivalent 4-year university degree

  • Fluent in English and Spanish (speaking and writing)

  • Excellent writer in both English and Spanish (impeccable grammar, spelling, and style; able to efficiently translate back and forth and edit quickly)

  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills

  • Able to understand, relate to, and communicate with people across a variety of backgrounds (educational, cultural, language, and geographic)

  • Familiarity with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, the suite of Google products, and Adobe

  • Able to manage deadlines on different projects with competing priorities

  • Able to work independently and collaboratively with remote supervision

  • Able to listen to and learn from critical feedback

  • Detail-oriented

  • Smart, patient, and curious problem-solver

  • Willingness to travel internationally

  • Sense of humor

Preferred

  • Skilled with using databases (Salesforce) and data entry, preferably in a legal setting where entering client or case-based information

  • Experience traveling, studying, or working in Mexico or Central America

  • Interest in migration or international work

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice 

BENEFITS

Compensation includes paid time-off and benefits package.

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Fluent in English and Spanish (speaking and writing)

HOW TO APPLY

Please email a cover letter, full college transcript, resume, and three professional (or academic) references to apply@justiceinmotion.org. In the subject line, please write: “LA-LA -- [Your Name].” We expect the new hire to begin work as soon as possible. No telephone calls please. Position will remain open until filled.

Justice in Motion values diversity in our workforce and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply. Justice in Motion is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.


Immigration Specialist

DESCRIPTION

Justice in Motion seeks a mid-level immigration lawyer to lead our legal action program’s focus on ensuring migrants have access to cross-border justice in humanitarian immigration cases. The Immigration Specialist will manage cases, develop new projects, and design improvements to ensure that the legal action program responds to the growing demand on our services in an effective and sustainable manner. We are looking for someone who will be a positive team-player and an active problem solver to help things run smoothly and in alignment with Justice in Motion’s theory of social change. The Immigration Specialist will report to the Legal Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage the execution of cross-border case facilitations with support from Justice in Motion’s Legal Assistant. These are cases for clients represented by lawyers in the United States or Canada that require action by the Defender Network in Mexico and Central America. Specific tasks may include: analyzing and screening cases with Defenders and US and Canadian lawyers; reviewing contracts; troubleshooting issues with communication; tracking challenges and their solutions, and creating systems to ensure success; and reporting on outcomes. This job does not include client representation or direct services.

  • Engage in special project program design, implementation, and management under the guidance of Justice in Motion’s Legal Director to address foreseen and unforeseen challenges in the immigration landscape. This includes strategic thinking about the role of international collaboration within civil society in advancing justice for migrants generally, and the added value of Justice in Motion’s model and Defender Network in immigration cases specifically.

  • Develop and sustain collegial working relationships with the Defenders in Mexico and Central America and with the Advocates in US and Canada who represent migrants needing the Defenders’ assistance. Deliver trainings (virtual and in-person) to both constituencies as needed.

  • Maintain knowledge of immigration law and procedure and US migration policy, particularly as it relates to immigrant detention, due process, removal defense, and humanitarian migration benefits (e.g., T/U/VAWA, asylum, SIJ).

  • Participate in Defender Network events, meetings, stakeholder convenings, and present at conferences throughout the region. This is expected to be about 3-4 trips (domestic and international) per year.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Education/Experience: JD from accredited law school. 3+ years working as a direct services and practicing immigration lawyer in applications for humanitarian migration benefits (e.g., T/U/VAWA, asylum, SIJ) and/or in removal defense proceedings.

  • Fluent in English and Spanish (speaking and writing with comprehension at professional level).

  • Experience public speaking and delivering trainings or legal presentations.

  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills. Ability to demonstrate tact and consistent professional demeanor in a variety of cultural settings.

  • Excellent organizational skills. Answers email timely and adept at managing follow up with little oversight.

  • Manages deadlines on different projects with competing priorities. Pays close attention to details.

  • Willingness and ability to travel nationally and internationally.

  • Work Habits: Self-starter attitude with the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to listen to and learn from critical feedback. Smart, patient, and curious problem-solver.

  • Sense of humor.

PREFERRED

  • Experience using case management databases (Salesforce)

  • Experience working, traveling, or studying, in Mexico or Central America

  • Experience public speaking in Spanish

  • Interest in migration, cross-cultural collaboration, or international work

  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for migrants and sustainable social change for marginalized communities

HOW TO APPLY

Please email a resume, cover letter, and three references to apply@justiceinmotion.org. In the subject line, please write: “IMMIGRATION SPECIALIST -- [Your Name].” 

Work will begin as soon as possible. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

Justice in Motion is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.


Human Resources Specialist

DESCRIPTION

Justice in Motion seeks a Human Resources Specialist (8 hours/week) to manage our full range of human resources functions and objectives. The Human Resources Specialist will manage our current human resources policies and procedures while making improvements and creating systems to support HR processes. This person will be responsible for staying up-to-date on compliance requirements, ensure that JiM’s policies and practices are in alignment with all legal expectations, and will act as a positive team-player and active problem-solver who will help Human Resources operations run smoothly.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Answer employee questions about HR policies, benefits and processes while escalating high level issues as appropriate. Coordinate staff communications about office closures, upcoming deadlines, and action items.

  • Direct JiM’s recruitment process and collaborate with hiring managers in sourcing, interviewing, and hiring candidates.

  • Coordinate with new hires and hiring managers to ensure compliance and completion of all onboarding paperwork. Create an efficient, engaging, and welcoming onboarding process, including the delivery of an HR/Benefits orientation.

  • Coordinate with exiting employees and their managers to ensure JiM’s data is accurate and complete, outstanding projects receive appropriate closure, and the employee has all the information they need for a successful transition out of the organization.

  • Monitor state requirements to ensure compliance of employment practices.

  • Support Human Resources administrative processes including Payroll administration, employment verifications, I-9 compliance, personnel record maintenance and other HR filing, and PTO tracking.

  • Oversee performance management functions including professional development tracking, employee relations, and performance appraisals.

  • Create, maintain, and update written resources and documentation around personnel policies and benefits.

  • Coordinate with the team on volunteer and intern systems, draft job descriptions, vet applicants, and build relationships with local universities.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Education/Experience: 2+ years working in the field of Human Resources. Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced Degree preferred.

  • PHR/SPHR and/or SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification preferred.

  • Ability to handle highly-sensitive information confidentially and demonstrate tact and consistent professional demeanor.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. Answers email timely and adept at managing follow up with little oversight.

  • Knowledge of HR regulations and legal issues; the ability and willingness to continually keep abreast of changes in the field.

  • Work Habits: Self-starter attitude with the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities.

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and three references via email to apply@justiceinmotion.org. In the subject line, please write: “HR — [Your Name].”

We expect the new position to begin work as soon as possible. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

Justice in Motion is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.


Social Media Intern (unpaid)

Communications

 

DESCRIPTION

Justice in Motion seeks an enthusiastic intern to provide support with its social media efforts. This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to get a behind-the-scenes look at how a growing non-profit develops online presence and shares information with its community via social platforms. The intern will work closely with our Communications Manager and Communications Assistant to develop and update social media content, reimagine the integration of social media tools, and build our supporter base via these channels.

The intern will have the opportunity to exercise his/her creative talents in this area and gain valuable experience in a dynamic, fast-paced non-profit environment.

Finally, the intern will be a team player, and contribute to meeting the day-to-day needs of the Justice in Motion office. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Commit to at least 10 weeks

  • Commit to at least 10 hours/week (flexible)

  • Enthusiasm for technology and developing new skills

  • Be motivated, have strong organizational skills, and the ability to multi-task

  • Possess high web and social media IQ

  • Proficiency with MS Office

  • Previous experience with content management systems (Preference for Squarespace and Drupal)

  • Previous graphic design experience preferred

  • Knowledge of HTML preferred

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via email to: apply@justiceinmotion.org

Justice in Motion is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.


Research Intern

Internship

DESCRIPTION

Justice in Motion seeks an enthusiastic, bilingual or highly proficient (Spanish-English) intern to join our team for the winter/spring semester! Justice in Motion is a 501(c)(3) organization that works to reduce the level of exploitation in the transnational migrant workforce through a cross-border network of advocates in migrant sending countries – the Justice in Motion Defender Network.

The organization is rapidly growing and we are looking for an intern to work with various programming departments. The primary role of the intern is to assist with research on issues surrounding transnational migrants’ sending/receiving money in Mexico, our educational outreach efforts, as well as providing general support with the Defender Network and various projects as they present themselves.

The intern will be a team player, and contribute to meeting the day-to-day needs of the Justice in Motion office.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Bilingual (English/Spanish)

• Commit to 10 hours per week (flexible)

• Have basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Office

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Excellent research skills

• Be motivated, have strong organizational skills, and the ability to multi-task

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via email to: apply@justiceinmotion.org


Legal Intern

Legal Action Program

Justice in Motion offers summer and in-semester internships, for law students. From our New York City office, interns will research issues related to portable justice for transnational migrants and assist in developing and managing a transnational advocate alliance. Spanish fluency is preferred, but not required. Unfortunately, Justice in Motion can not provide compensation.

Please note the following deadlines for legal internships:

  • Summer: February 15

  • Fall: September 1

  • Spring/Winter: November 15

We periodically take undergraduate and graduate interns, depending on our current needs and resources. Please inquire if you are an undergraduate or graduate student looking for internship possibilities.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, emails, and phone numbers of two references to apply@justiceinmotion.org. In your cover letter, please specify which semester or semesters you would like to be considered for. Please include "Legal Intern" on the title of your email.