Paralegal

Legal Action Program

DESCRIPTION

Justice in Motion is a non-profit organization with the mission of protecting migrant rights across borders. At the core of this mission is the belief that all migrants should be treated fairly and should have access to justice, and that in today’s globalized world, cross-border partnerships within civil society are essential to fair treatment and justice for migrants. To this end, Justice in Motion has designed an innovative model which partners US and Canadian lawyers with members of Justice in Motion’s Defender Network to collaborate on concrete legal cases for migrants. The Defender Network is comprised of human rights lawyers and community-based organizations in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  Justice in Motion’s legal action, capacity building, and policy programs provide advocates throughout the region with the necessary skills, knowledge, and connections to ensure migrants have access to justice wherever and whenever they need it.

POSITION

Justice in Motion is currently seeking a bilingual (English/Spanish) candidate for a new paralegal position. The paralegal 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

SALARY AND BENEFITS

This is an entry level non-exempt position. The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Compensation includes paid time-off and benefits package.

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-PA -- [Your Name].” We expect the new hire to begin work as soon as possible on or after July 1, 2018. 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.


SOCIAL MEDIA  INTERN (unpaid)

 

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

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.