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Civil Rights Attorney in Washington, DC

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Company name

Amnesty International USA Refugee Program

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Civil Rights


Washington, DC

Date Last Verified

Sep 03,2017

Posted on

Sep 02,2017

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Advocacy Director, Europe/Central Asia Duties: Outreach to the public, including serving as a lead media spokesperson on human rights issues, collaborating with other NGOs, and training AIUSA’s grassroots membership; Participation in section-wide lobbying efforts and campaigns targeting the U.S. government (federal/state/local); Liaison with other AIUSA programs, other country sections of Amnesty International, and the International Secretariat. Other duties as assigned. Influencing the development of U.S. policy on human rights issues in the Europe/Central Asia region Lead AIUSA’s advocacy on human rights issues in consultation with relevant staff and membership structures. Advocacy priorities include refugee protection and defending human rights advocates. Influence US policy by advocating with and educating U.S. government officials. The effectiveness of the AD depends, to a large extent, on his/her leadership in coordinating congressional briefings, testifying before Congress, drafting and negotiating legislation, developing administrative policy recommendations, and educating government officials on human rights developments. Influence US policy by cultivating relationships with foreign government officials. Develop and maintain contacts with foreign government officials located in or visiting Washington, DC, as well as government lobbyists and representatives of official human rights commissions. Public Outreach Speak publicly on U.S. human rights policy in the Europe/Central Asia region, including at conferences and rallies. Working in close consultation with the media unit, represent AIUSA in interviews with the news media (TV, radio, print, social). Write materials advancing AIUSA advocacy agenda including letters, briefings, blogs, op-eds, action alerts. Disseminate AI’s publications, in cooperation with the Communications team and volunteer leaders, to Congress, U.S. Government, media, and non-governmental organizations. Coordinate with volunteer leaders and staff to provide training for relevant membership structures, including the regional conferences, Annual General Meeting, and issue-based networks local and student group meetings, and professional and issue-based networks. Coordinate with Section-Wide Campaigns and Lobbying Advise and collaborate with relevant member structures and participate in all country campaigns and special actions. Lead the U.S. Government component of global AI campaigns and actions. During major regional campaigns and crises, serve as the primary strategist for AIUSA, in consultation with the Country Specialists. Lead U.S. component of global AI advocacy efforts on human rights issues in the Europe/Central Asia region, in consultation with International Secretariat.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: M.A. or JD Degree in relevant/related field is desirable. Expertise and experience with human rights, refugee protection, and/or humanitarian development is required. Experience in lobbying and/or policy advocacy is required. Expertise and experience in Europe/Central Asia foreign policy issues is required. Experience with volunteers and grassroots organizing desired. Superb writing and research skills are required. Ability to produce high-quality work in fast-paced, quickly changing environment is essential. Ability to work in highly collaborative and consultative environment.

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Hiring Coordinator
Amnesty International USA Refugee Program
600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE,
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20003