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 Immigrant Rights Advocate

 

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Immigrant Rights Advocate. Comunidades Unidas (CU) is a non-profit organization based in West Valley City. CU is an organization dedicated to empowering the Latinx community in Utah to recognize and achieve their own potential and become a positive force for change in the larger community. 

 

For years CU has been mobilizing and organizing members of Utah’s immigrant communities to push for long-term systemic changes that will ensure that Utah’s immigrants can continue to call this home. Through it, we have pushed for immigration reform and other policies that can create a meaningful process for the 11+ million undocumented immigrants living in this country and all those with various immigration statuses like DACA, TPS, and Legal Permanent Residents. We understand that pushing for these policies is equally as important as providing safe and quality immigration services that prioritize the empowerment of our immigration clinic clients first and foremost. As a result, we are excited to announce that we are looking for a committed Immigrant Rights Advocate that is ready to work side by side with clients and support them in their journey as they learn how to navigate the U.S. immigration system. The Immigrant Rights Advocate will be a team member of CU’s Immigration Clinic working alongside our Accredited Representative and will provide case management, including preparation for case review, legal research, referrals to other immigration providers, and will simultaneously work towards earning their Department of Justice Accreditation so they too can, eventually, provide legal representation to clients. 

 

To find out more about DOJ Accreditation, you can visit: https://www.justice.gov/eoir/file/olap-ra-faqs/download 

 

The ideal candidate will:

 

  • Have a strong sense of social justice as a process, not an outcome

  • Have prior knowledge and/or experience working and understanding the needs and disparities of the LGBTQ+ community

  • Have a clear understanding regarding why they want to be part of CU’s Immigration Clinic and how they are personally connected to this effort

  • Have prior knowledge and experience working and activating individuals of different ages, immigration statuses, and backgrounds

  • Have prior knowledge and/or experience working with the Latinx community and understand the barriers to access needs, disparities, and intersectionalities within the community

  • Understands the intersectionalities between disparities and community organizing and mobilizing

  • Have the ability to work as part of  a team and the ability to get along with individuals representing multiple backgrounds

  • Have experience working in a cultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical ability is an essential institutional value 

  • Possess outstanding organizational skills and have experience maintaining records and files up to date

  • Be self-motivated, flexible, and driven.

  • Be resourceful, have the ability to utilize independent judgment, and balance multiple priorities effectively.

  • Computer proficient and skilled utilizing social media tools

  • Be proficient in verbal and written communication and be able to write, read, and fluently speak in both English and Spanish

  • Be able to work and communicate efficiently with other team members

 

Main Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Understands how accessible immigration services provided through CU Immigration Clinic are connected to immigration reform and how they impact each other

  • Ready and willing to learn how to navigate the U.S. immigration system 

  • Ready and willing to work towards earning Department Of Justice (DOJ) accreditation within the first year of joining the role 

  • Engaged in casework, including:

    • Advocating with clients to find meaningful solutions to challenges they experience due to the disparities created by the U.S. Inmigration system

    • Case management and client contact, including setting up appointments, following up with clients about their cases

    • Legal research 

    • Operating two online databases to help keep track of client interactions

    • Making referrals to other immigration service providers based on need

  • Provide Know Your Rights workshops and utilize social media platforms to ensure our community members understand their rights

  • Work with community members and stakeholders alike to advocate for systemic changes that can ensure more people have access to accessible and humane immigration services 

  • Support and organize campaigns that focus on uplifting the immigrant rights movement within the community we work with

  • Enforce community organizing practices within projects and CU members 

  • Assist with administrative duties when needed:

    • Scanning, filing, and organizing documents and uploading them to the CRM system.

    • Updating CRM system based on program needs

    • Supporting clients navigate the payment process

    • Rooted in the understanding that our community doesn't need a voice, we have one. What we need is to get comfortable using it and for those around us to listen.

  • Requires a minimum commitment of 2 years

 

Additional Information:

  • This is a full-time position (40 hrs/wk) with subsidized medical and dental benefits, paid time off, paid holidays, and retirement plan (simple IRA). CU’s work hours are Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 6 pm.

  • To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to maria@cuutah.org, yehemy@cuutah.org, AND mayra@cuutah.org. Please write “Immigrant Rights Advocate Position” in the subject line. 

Please answer these two questions in your cover letter: 

  • Why are you involved (or want to be) in the immigrant rights movement?

  • Tell us about a community organizing or social justice experience you have had. What was your role and why was it successful?

 

Expected timeline:

Applications accepted until May 30, 2021

Interviews will be conducted from June 1 - June 10, 2021

Ideal start date:  June 16, 2021. 


 

Comunidades Unidas is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to advancing equity in all we do. It is the policy of Comunidades Unidas to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or expression. Assistance and/or reasonable accommodations during the application process are available to individuals upon request. To request assistance or accommodation, please contact mayra@cuutah.org.