Attorney, Child Detention Project Fellow

Justice in Motion seeks a lawyer to design an innovative project to ensure that child migrants do not needlessly suffer in detention in the US. The main purpose will be to mobilize Justice in Motion’s Defender Network both to provide country-of-origin support for detained children by expediting their safe release from detention, and to develop the infrastructure to take on cross-border impact work for detained children, as it emerges. This position does not include client representation or direct services. 

The successful fellow will be a bilingual English/Spanish lawyer, a positive team-player, and an active problem solver who has been involved in representing migrant children in government custody or has first-hand knowledge of child detention conditions and the legal landscape. This position 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 child detention cases specifically. This is an incredible opportunity for someone motivated to work in a transnational context to maximize impact. The Child Detention Project Fellow will report to the Legal Director and will have the benefit of support from a Legal Assistant.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Develop child detention pilot project, which includes program budgeting, design, implementation, and management under the guidance of Justice in Motion’s Legal Director, with the ability to absorb foreseen and unforeseen challenges in the fast-changing immigration law and policy landscape. 

  • Travel both domestically and internationally for site visits and meetings with partner organizations in the US and with Defenders in Mexico and Central America. 

  • Manage cross-border cases. 

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

  • Maintain current knowledge of immigration law and procedure and US migration policy, particularly as it relates to immigrant child detention and child immigration law. 

  • Participate in Defender Network events, meetings, stakeholder convenings, and present at conferences throughout the region. 

Ideal Candidate Profile:

  • Connected to our work: Interest in migration, cross-cultural collaboration, or international work. Demonstrated commitment to justice for migrants and sustainable social change for marginalized communities. Ideally has participated in a Flores Settlement monitoring visit, and has a sense of what’s happening on the ground.

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

  • A natural builder. This person is a systems thinker who has gravitated toward roles that didn’t exist before, has a start-up mentality, creates things with minimal resources, and truly enjoys getting their hands dirty while figuring out the way forward. 

  • An organizational whiz. This person loves handling details and multiple projects running in parallel, methodically working through checklists (and creating them as well). This is the kind of person who might color-code their calendar or create a spreadsheet to plan a trip - and sets aside time to stay on top of emails.

  • Thrives with feedback and learning. This is someone who requests and learns from feedback, approaches conflict with creativity and humility, who seeks out the context and history of situations, and is dedicated to their growth and development. 

  • A proactive communicator. This is a person who has worked on dispersed teams before, and understands the value of overcommunicating, speaking up, and being direct, with the vision in mind as a guide. This person will take the lead in making conversations happen, and always makes sure the right people are at the table to give input.

  • Smart, patient, and curious problem-solver who takes the time to propose potential solutions. 

  • Sense of humor. This work is important and challenging, and we need to not take everything so seriously, to manage our energy effectively. 

Education and Experience: 

  • JD or LLM from accredited U.S. law school required.

  • At least 2 years’ experience either as an immigration lawyer or working with migrants and in the field of child detention or children’s immigration law. 

  • Fluency in English and Spanish (speaking and writing with comprehension at professional level) is essential. 

  • Experience with public speaking and delivering trainings or legal presentations; ideally, equivalent work in Spanish as well.

  • Experience in program development, project design, and project management a plus.

  • Experience using case management databases (Salesforce). 

  • Meaningful work, travel, or study in Mexico or Central America. 

Duration: This is a one-year, full-time fellowship role, running from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.

Location and Travel: Brooklyn, NY or Atlanta, GA. Will require 30-50% travel, nationally and internationally. 

Compensation: The salary for this fellowship is $70,000, negotiable depending on experience. 


Justice in Motion values diversity in our workforce and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply. Please email a resume and cover letter to; in the subject line, please write: “CD FELLOW -- [Your Name].” 

Work will begin as soon as possible. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls or personal emails 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 & Operations Manager

This year has seen tremendous financial and programmatic growth for Justice in Motion as we respond to the administration’s continuing attack on migrants. That has enabled us to hire the first HR & Operations Manager to support our growing team, and help existing team members better focus on their specialties.

The HR & Operations Manager is an great position for someone who loves the variety of being a generalist (and excels at wearing multiple hats!), who thrives behind the scenes, and has experience in start-up environments where lots of things need to be built.

The ideal candidate for this position:

  1. Has expertise in helping start-up organizations build HR and office systems. This is someone who loves the challenge of creating from (almost) scratch, who sees the gaps and knows just the solutions to fill them, who understands the dynamics of urgency and fast growth and how to move things forward quickly.

  2. Is a rock. When things get chaotic, this person is at their best. They are happy to jump in where needed to support the team, or find a solution.

  3. Loves working behind the scenes. This person gets the importance of running simple and effective systems that make everyone’s life easier, and loves making sure people are taken care of.

  4. Is an effective project manager. This is someone who regularly has several projects running in parallel (at home and at work!) and has developed tools to keep everything moving forward, and to involve the right people at the right times.

  5. Values human solutions over checking boxes. This is a person who has been frustrated by some traditional HR processes, and understands the value of clear communication and expectations, honest dialogue, and common sense approaches.

  6. Is comfortable with technology. While this person isn’t an expert, they often find themselves patiently helping others with simple IT tasks, and know how to troubleshoot (and when to call in the experts).

  7. Is connected to our mission: Interest in social justice, migration, cross-cultural collaboration, or international work. This person has meaningful work or travel experience in Latin America, and ideally is proficient in Spanish.


This is a new position, and the duties will evolve over time. The primary areas of responsibility include: 

Human Resources

  • Day-to-day management of HR functions and systems, including:

    • Full-cycle recruitment for staff and interns

    • Employee engagement, onboarding, and retention activities

    • Recordkeeping, evaluation, and policies

    • Compensation, payroll, and benefits

  • Development and improvement of HR systems and processes that can grow with the organization

  • Serving as a thought partner on personnel matters with Justice in Motion’s leadership 

Administration & Office Management

  • Assist Director of Finance with duties such as: 

    • Coordinating bank deposits and recordkeeping.

    • Payroll administration

  • Manage vendor relationships and contracts, such as property management, insurance, equipment, etc.

  • Develop, recommend and help establish efficient office policies and procedures.

  • Manage day-to-day office systems and functions

Limited IT Support 

  • Assist with basic IT support to staff as needed, approximately 3-5 times per month. This support typically includes:

    • Email, Google Apps set-up and troubleshooting

    • Onboarding new employees to the IT systems

  • Facilitate training for staff on technology solutions, including working with a Salesforce consultant

  • Support the development of IT strategy and purchasing decisions

Details: This is a full-time position, reporting to the Director of Finance, and begins as soon as possible. 

Location and Travel: Brooklyn, NY. May require occasional travel within the US; potential opportunity for international travel. 

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $65,000, depending on experience. Justice in Motion provides comprehensive employer-paid health insurance and a generous vacation leave package.


Justice in Motion values diversity in our workforce and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply. Please email a resume, cover letter, and three references to in the subject line, please write: “HR-- [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.

Communications Intern




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. 


  • 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

  • Previous graphic design experience preferred

  • Knowledge of HTML preferred

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus


Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via email to:

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.