Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $70,000
Maximum: $75,000



Application Deadline



511 E San Ysidro Blvd Ste 333
San Ysidro
United States


Al Otro Lado is hiring an attorney to serve as the Director of the Family Reunification Project. The Director will provide legal representation to parents separated from their children at the border, including parents that have been deported to their countries of origin. The Director will be charged with developing referral networks with partner organizations in Central America, Mexico and the United States in order to identify parents deported without their children, and other cases of family separation. The Director will represent parents’ interests in reunification, including determining if deported parents wish to pursue asylum in the United States or wish to pursue reunification in their countries of origin. The Director will work to develop referral networks with Southern California partner organizations including the Federal Defender Office in order to identify detained parents who have been separated from their children at the border.

The Director will represent detained parents in their pursuit of reunification and release from custody with their children, as well as represent detained parents in their bond and removal proceedings. Where necessary, the Director will pursue remedies in federal district court to obtain reunification of detained parents with their children, including motions for habeas and/or motions pursuant to the Flores Settlement Agreement.

This position is based at Al Otro Lado’s Tijuana office of the Border Rights Project (location confidential for security reasons), and services will focus on parents detained in Southern California, with regular travel to shelters in Tijuana, Mexico and the Otay Mesa Detention Center (estimated three times a week), and occasional travel to Central America.

This is a full-time, salaried exempt position, available for one year with potential to extend depending on need and funding. Competitive salary ($70,000-$75,000 DOE) and benefits.

Fluency in Spanish is required. The applicant must be licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction, with a preference for attorneys barred by the State of California, or eligible for admission to Southern California Federal District Court. We are seeking applicants with experience in representing asylum seekers, child welfare experience and/or federal court litigation experience, and supervisory experience strongly preferred. Applicants should be self-directed and self-reliant, highly organized, flexible, and able to work in a high volume setting with limited resources. This position requires regular travel to detention facilities, and the applicant must have reliable transportation and be able to cross the US-Mexico border.



Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish is required. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, with three professional references to Erika Pinheiro at, with Director of Family Reunification Project in the subject line. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Al Otro Lado values diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of under-represented communities.