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We are hiring for:

Regional Coordinator, Northeast (Washington, D.C. or New York City)

Community Accompaniment Coordinator/Social worker (Los Angeles or Bay Area)

Immigration Detention Bond Fund Coordinator (Los Angeles or Bay Area)

 

Regional Coordinator, Northeast

Start Date: February 2019

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until filled

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Exempt; Full-time

Location: The position is based in Washington, D.C. or New York City

About the Organization

Today, there are approximately 44,000 human beings locked up in for-profit prisons and municipal jails as part of the U.S. immigration detention system. While 46% of migrants are transferred at least twice away from family and friends, 84% lack attorneys. Many are denied adequate medical care, and human rights abuses have contributed to over 160 reported deaths.

Freedom for Immigrants’ highly dedicated team works to end U.S. immigration detention by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community-based alternatives to detention, and advocating for system change. The heart of our work is community-based volunteers who visit people in detention, building relationships that have the power to change lives and systems. Currently, Freedom for Immigrants supports a network of approximately 2,000 volunteers visiting at 55 immigration detention facilities through Freedom for Immigrants-affiliated visitation programs. Freedom for Immigrants is an award-winning non-profit whose founders have been recognized for their vision and leadership by Ashoka, Echoing Green, the Rockwood Leadership Institute, and the James Irvine Leadership Awards. Learn more at www.freedomforimmigrants.org.

About the Position

This is an exciting, full-time opportunity to help shape the U.S. immigration detention visitation movement and work toward a country without immigration detention. The Regional Visitation Program Coordinator will work from home, but may travel if necessary to different parts of the Northeastern region of the United States. This position will involve program coordination, human rights monitoring, community organizing, and policy advocacy.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

• Conduct trainings for visitation programs in the Northeastern region of the United States on what it means to work with people in immigration detention, what responsibility volunteers have to understand and respect the capabilities of people in detention, and what responsibility visitation programs have to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.

• Coordinate visitation programs to help them better support their volunteers and strengthen their local, statewide, and regional networks.

• Coordinate with staff members in charge of supporting new visitation programs to ensure new programs are developed in line with our overall mission and diversity goals.

• Train visitation programs on Freedom for Immigrants’ case management software and work with programs to ensure the integrity of data collected.

• Work with visitation programs to monitor detention conditions and write reports and file civil rights complaints on abuse inside

• Use the data and stories gathered from people in immigration detention to push for local policy changes, which may include organizing to support statewide legislation

• Educate Congressional legislators on immigration detention and the community-based alternatives to detention that exist

Qualifications:

• At least 2 years of prior relevant work experience.

• Experience managing a portfolio of clients, fellows, nonprofit members, or volunteers.

• Experience with community organizing, volunteer management, and/or facilitating community meetings.

• Experience interfacing with Congressional representatives or state legislators.

• Experience in policy campaigns around specific bills a plus.

• Excellent time management and organizational, multi-tasking skills.

• Excellent oral and written communication and strategic thinking skills.

• Strong interpersonal skills.

• Excellent computer and Internet research skills.

• Ability to work independently. Past experience working in a decentralized start-up nonprofit is a plus.

• A sense of humor, flexible nature, and willingness to be a bit of a jack of all trades at times.

• Fluency in Spanish or another language is a plus.

• Candidates who have been directly affected by immigration detention or the mass incarceration system are highly encouraged to apply.

Compensation:

Freedom for Immigrants offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package commensurate with experience.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Thair@freedomforimmigrants.org with “Regional Coordinator, Northeast" in the subject line. Applicants who fail to follow these instructions will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled.

Community Accompaniment Coordinator/Social Worker:

Start Date: As Soon As Possible

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until filled

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Full-time

Location: Santa Monica, CA (our office is a couple of blocks from the 17th Street Expo Line and multiple bus stops) or Oakland, CA (our office is a couple of blocks from the 12th Street BART station). This position will be based out of our Santa Monica or Oakland office, but working from home 1-2 days per week is possible.

About the Organization

On any given day, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds more than 40,000 people in a network of jails and prisons as part of the civil immigration detention system.

Detained immigrants, including people arrested in ICE raids and mothers separated from their children at the border, sometimes have the opportunity to be released on a cash bond — which is like bail — while fighting their cases.

In fact, 30 percent of people in detention in FY 2016 were granted a bond according to TRAC. Once released, they are eight times more likely to win their case. They also have a fighting chance to reunite with their children, some of whom are being detained at child detention facilities run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

However, many families cannot afford the high bond amounts set by ICE or by immigration judges. There is no upper limit for immigration bonds, but Freedom for Immigrants has documented immigration bonds ranging from $1,500 to $250,000, with a median of $4,250, and an average of $14,500.

Without the ability to pay a bond, longtime lawful permanent residents, asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants who may be eligible for relief from deportation are forced to languish in immigration detention while they fight their immigration case. This pushes families into poverty and creates tremendous emotional strain for both parents and children. Immigrants have lost housing, jobs, small businesses and custody of children as a result of not being able to pay a bond.

Today, the urgency to address this broken system in California and nationwide is unparalleled. Freedom for Immigrants’ highly dedicated team works to end U.S. immigration detention by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community-based alternatives to detention, and advocating for system change. The heart of our work is community-based volunteers who visit people in detention, building relationships that have the power to change lives and systems. Currently, Freedom for Immigrants supports a network of over 1500 volunteers visiting at 43 immigration detention facilities through Freedom for Immigrants-affiliated visitation programs. And we have been running a bond fund since 2010 to prove that neither immigration bonds nor the entire immigration detention system is necessary. Freedom for Immigrants is an award-winning non-profit whose founders have been recognized for their vision and leadership by Ashoka, Echoing Green, James Irvine Foundation, and the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Learn more at www.freedomforimmigrants.org.


About the Position

This is an exciting, full-time opportunity to coordinate Freedom for Immigrants’ Community Accompaniment Program, working closely with our National Revolving Immigration Bond Fund Program Coordinator. The is a new position. It is a year-long position with the possibility for extension, depending on funding. We are looking for someone who is creative and able to help shape this new role and the growth of our bond fund.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist people released from immigration detention with transportation and reminders about upcoming court dates, and track court dates through the Executive Office for Immigration Review

  • Refer people released from immigration detention to appropriate resources

  • Recruit and manage remotely a team of volunteers

  • Connect each person released from immigration detention to a Freedom for Immigrants community accompaniment volunteer and our directly impacted network

  • Manage a proprietary case management system, conducting intakes with each person released

  • Some fundraising for the actual bond payments may be necessary

  • Provide capacity building support to a growing network of directly impacted folks

Qualifications

You are driven, highly organized, and have a deep commitment to Freedom for Immigrant’s mission to abolish the U.S. immigration detention system. Applicants must be willing to work independently as well as in collaborative teams in a family-style office in Santa Monica or Oakland. A sense of humor and innovative spirit are essential.

To excel in this role, you will likely bring the following:

  • Demonstrated interest and experience in racial and social justice, immigrant rights or detention abolition work.

  • Experience in a position that requires social work skills, such as acting as advocates for your client, teaching clients new skills, linking clients to essential resource, researching social problems to look for remedies. 

  • Formal training as a social worker is a plus but not required.

  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers, preferably at a national level

  • History of being self-motivated and hard-working.

  • Excellent time management and organizational, multi-tasking skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication and strategic thinking skills.

  • Ability to work independently. Past experience working in a decentralized start-up nonprofit is a plus.

  • A sense of humor, flexible nature, and willingness to be a bit of a jack of all trades at times.

  • Access to a reliable vehicle is desired.

  • Fluency in Spanish is required.

  • Candidates who have been directly affected by immigration detention or the mass incarceration system are highly encouraged to apply.

  • Experience raising money is a plus.

Please note, we also are hiring for an immigration detention bond fund coordinator (see below). Please do not apply for both positions. Choose the one that fits your skill set and experience the best.

BENEFITS

We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package.

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Fluency in Spanish is required.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to CMansfield@freedomforimmigrants.org with “Community Accompaniment Coordinator" as the subject line.

 

Program Coordinator, Immigration Detention Bond Fund

Start Date: As Soon As Possible

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until filled

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Full-time, 1-year position

Location: Los Angeles or the Bay Area

About the BOND FUND

On any given day, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds more than 40,000 people in a network of jails and prisons as part of the civil immigration detention system.

Detained immigrants, including people arrested in ICE raids and mothers separated from their children at the border, sometimes have the opportunity to be released on a cash bond — which is like bail — while fighting their cases.

In fact, 30 percent of people in detention in FY 2016 were granted a bond according to TRAC. Once released, they are eight times more likely to win their case. They also have a fighting chance to reunite with their children, some of whom are being detained at child detention facilities run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

However, many families cannot afford the high bond amounts set by ICE or by immigration judges. There is no upper limit for immigration bonds, but Freedom for Immigrants has documented immigration bonds ranging from $1,500 to $250,000, with a median of $4,250, and an average of $14,500.

Without the ability to pay a bond, longtime lawful permanent residents, asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants who may be eligible for relief from deportation are forced to languish in immigration detention while they fight their immigration case. This pushes families into poverty and creates tremendous emotional strain for both parents and children. Immigrants have lost housing, jobs, small businesses and custody of children as a result of not being able to pay a bond.

Today, the urgency to address this broken system in California and nationwide is unparalleled. Freedom for Immigrants’ highly dedicated team works to end U.S. immigration detention by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community-based alternatives to detention, and advocating for system change. The heart of our work is community-based volunteers who visit people in detention, building relationships that have the power to change lives and systems. Currently, Freedom for Immigrants supports a network of over 1500 volunteers visiting at 43 immigration detention facilities through Freedom for Immigrants-affiliated visitation programs. And we have been running a bond fund since 2010 to prove that neither immigration bonds nor the entire immigration detention system is necessary. Freedom for Immigrants is an award-winning non-profit whose founders have been recognized for their vision and leadership by Ashoka, Echoing Green, James Irvine Foundation, and the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Learn more at www.freedomforimmigrants.org.

About the Position

This is an exciting, full-time opportunity to coordinate Freedom for Immigrants’ National Revolving Immigration Bond Fund.  The is a new position. It is a year-long position with the possibility for extension, depending on funding. We are looking for someone who is creative and able to help shape this new role and the growth of our bond fund, while posting bonds on a daily or weekly basis and providing direct support to people being released from immigration detention. This position can be based out of our Oakland office, but the coordinator will be posting immigration bonds in downtown San Francisco more than once a week, or our Santa Monica office, but the coordinator will be posting immigration bonds in downtown Los Angeles more than once a week.

Responsibilities

  • Post immigration bonds for those who cannot afford to pay for their freedom

  • Train visitor volunteers and law students on how to advocate for lower bonds for people in ICE custody under the case, Hernandez

  • Coordinate with our visitor volunteers, attorneys, and family members a plan for the safe release of each person we bond out

  • Recruit and manage accompaniment volunteers to assist people released from immigration detention with getting their first meal out of detention, getting a clean set of clothes, and getting transportation to their home back to their loved ones

  • Manage a proprietary case management system

  • Some fundraising for the actual bond payments may be necessary

Qualifications

You are driven, highly organized, and have a deep commitment to Freedom for Immigrant’s mission to abolish the U.S. immigration detention system. Applicants must be willing to work independently as well as in collaborative teams in a family-style office in Santa Monica or Oakland. A sense of humor and innovative spirit are essential.

To excel in this role, you will likely bring the following:

  • Demonstrated interest and experience in racial and social justice, immigrant rights or detention abolition work.

  • History of being self-motivated and hard-working.

  • Excellent time management and organizational, multi-tasking skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication and strategic thinking skills.

  • Ability to work independently. Past experience working in a decentralized start-up nonprofit is a plus.

  • A sense of humor, flexible nature, and willingness to be a bit of a jack of all trades at times.

  • Access to a reliable vehicle.

  • Fluency in Spanish is required.

  • Candidates who have been directly affected by immigration detention or the mass incarceration system are highly encouraged to apply.

  • Experience raising money is a plus.

Level of Language Proficiency

Excellent English writing and editing skills. Fluency in Spanish is required.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to info@freedomforimmigrants.org with “Bond Coordinator" as the subject line.