SIFI Project Coordinator – Alexandria (LaSalle ICE Processing Center)
- Job posted by The Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) provides high-quality, holistic pro bono legal representation to immigrants detained in the southeastern United States. By ensuring that skilled attorneys are available to protect detained immigrants’ due process rights, the SIFI endeavors to win every meritorious deportation defense and custody case arising out of Trump-era immigration enforcement actions.
SIFI was developed and is directed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Innovation Law Lab and the Immigration Justice Campaign—an initiative of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Council, and the American Immigrant Representation Project—are collaborating with SIFI to provide technical assistance and to expand pro bono support.
The SIFI Project Coordinator works out of the SIFI-Alexandria office, managing daily operations for a team of full-time staff and pro-bono attorneys, in order to provide the highest quality legal case support to individuals detained in the LaSalle ICE Processing Center (“LaSalle”) in Jena, LA. The SIFI Project Coordinator will train the pro-bono attorneys in the administrative tasks necessary to provide legal support for all clients represented by the SIFI project. Along with the SIFI staff attorneys, the Project Coordinator will distribute tasks to pro-bono attorneys based on client need and pro-bono experience. The Project Coordinator will manage each case in the LawLab database and use LawLab to determine the necessary next steps for each case. The Project Coordinator role will ensure that all clients receive the attention and legal support they need to win their cases and to be released from detention through daily direct service in the detention center. The Project Coordinator also will assist with national advocacy leveraged through the organizational partners.
- Training pro-bono attorneys in how to use LawLab database;
- Managing cases through LawLab for all SIFI clients in LaSalle;
- Determining and coordinating daily and weekly task distribution based on client need and pro-bono capacity;
- Managing organization and consistent use of LawLab database;
- Working with pro-bono and staff attorneys to complete all necessary tasks;
- Communicating with partner organizations and participating in weekly calls to share project status, challenges, and successes;
- Maintaining communication and coordination with local ICE/EOIR officials and detention center staff to ensure optimal client access and conditions;
- Engaging in data collection, aggregation and compilation for case development, strategy, litigation, advocacy and other purposes;
- Working with remote teams on multi-strategy legal cases and advocacy campaigns; and
- Managing and maintaining routine client communication and routine client management.
Qualifications (Education and Related Work Experience):
- A Bachelor’s degree, its equivalent, or higher;
- 2+ years of experience in coordinating staff, students, or volunteers preferred;
- Bi-lingual, English/Spanish (conversational, speaking and writing);
- Demonstrated knowledge and skill in coordinating volunteer, case, and/or data management systems;
- Commitment to working long hours;
- Knowledge of immigration policy and procedure is helpful, though not required;
- Willingness to live in Alexandria, LA and drive approximately 45 minutes to Jena, LA to meet clients and attend Immigration Court proceedings in LaSalle; and
- Valid driver’s license.
Other Special Considerations:
- This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions; and
- In addition to a competitive salary and benefits, SIFI-Alexandria staff are provided a monthly housing stipend from SPLC.
- The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.
- These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
- 1 year with option to extend
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity:
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.
Minimum Education Required