Immigrant Justice Coordinator

August 31, 2021

Many Languages One Voice (MLOV) seeks a full-time Immigrant Justice Coordinator to lead our efforts to organize and advocate for full immigrant inclusion in the nation’s capital. The Coordinator also facilitates community-led campaigns against detention, deportation, incarceration and police-ICE collusion in the District of Columbia. Finally, the position collaborates with our membership and staff to engage in outreach, popular education, strategy and leadership development to advance all of MLOV’s work.

The person who fulfills this role will support currently and formerly detained individuals, asylum seekers, and undocumented and mixed status families and communities in Washington, DC that have been affected by local, state and federal immigration policies. The Coordinator will also advance priority immigrant justice campaigns to secure pathways to citizenship for TPS holders, DACA recipients, and other undocumented community members.

75% (30 Hrs)

  • Serving as the staff point person for MLOV’s active campaigns and programs related to immigrant justice, combating harsh immigration enforcement and racist policing, and detention and prison abolition
  • Engaging in creative direct actions, media advocacy, and public campaigns alongside individuals affected by detention, incarceration and unjust immigration enforcement
  • Providing orientation and support to detained individuals and their families and connecting them with legal and other resources
  • Developing the leadership of currently and formerly detained individuals and their families
  • Coordinating our members with qualified volunteers to train to accompany community members to court appointments and ICE check-ins
  • Along with our partners, coordinating a response network to quickly verify, document and intervene in reported incidents of ICE enforcement activity in Washington, DC
  • Providing in-depth KYR training to MLOV members, community base, and allies in the areas of immigrants’ rights, community deportation defense, and combatting detention and incarceration
  • Providing technical assistance and coordinating legal services for applications and cases for TPS holders, asylum seekers, DACA recipients, permanent residents, and citizenship candidates

15% (6hrs)

  • Working closely with the members of MLOV to plan and implement campaign goals and strategies in the area of immigrant justice
  • Collaborating with other MLOV staff and members on regular outreach visits, Know-Your-Rights workshops, and trainings for community members and allies in Washington, DC
  • Serving as MLOV’s liaison to other organizations, community groups, and coalitions addressing immigration enforcement, detention, policing and incarceration issues

10% (Administrative 4hrs)

  • Assisting with general administrative tasks such as organizing files, updating contact lists, etc.
  • Follow up calls with individual and coalition members
  • 1-1 meetings with ED, staff meetings

Requirements:

Our ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English, verbal and written communication
  • At least two years of grassroots organizing experience in a full-time position; background in immigrants’ rights and anti-detention organizing strongly preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, patience, humility and ability to relate to low-wage immigrant workers, currently and formerly detained and incarcerated individuals, and their families
  • Deep commitment to social justice, workers’ and immigrants’ rights; understanding of the interwoven nature of different struggles for black and queer/LGBTQIA+ liberation, economic justice, immigrants’ rights and other issues
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles of popular education, campaign-based organizing, and developing the leadership of directly affected persons
  • Candidates with existing relationships and roots in Washington, DC strongly preferred
  • Working knowledge of the laws, agencies, and processes that govern the deportation, detention and incarceration systems
  • Ability to work early and late hours when necessary, and occasional weekends; willingness to travel and to visit individuals in jails and detention centers
  • Highly organized and self-motivated

How to Apply: Please email your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in and qualified for this position to hiring@mlovdc.org with the subject line “Immigrant Justice Coordinator”