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SIFI Advocacy Attorney

Company name

The Southern Poverty Law Center

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Atlanta, GA

Date Last Verified

Nov 21,2017

Posted on

Jun 18,2017
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
Immigration >> Immigration
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SIFI Advocacy Attorney Responsibilities: Capitalize on access and data to leverage SIFI’s direct representation of thousands of detainees to challenge the deportation and detention machine through a variety of methods, including litigation, advocacy, communications, storytelling, and documentation; Identify, coordinate, and lead advocacy and litigation opportunities in Article III courts and immigration courts (including civil rights violations during raids and other enforcement actions; practices that undermine right to counsel, language access, other due process in detention) under the supervision of Deputy Legal Director, SIFI Director, and/or senior supervising attorney; Assist SIFI leadership, staff, and collaborators to design and implement data collection, case story collection, and plaintiff identification strategies; Foster relationships with local NGOs and liaising with the local field office ICE, USCIS and immigration court staff. Collaborate with the Deputy Legal Director, SIFI Director, and the Policy Counsel and to identify and support the advancement of state and local policy priorities and testify to legislative bodies upon request; Collaborate with the Deputy Legal Director, SIFI Director, and the Communications Department to develop communication strategies around cases and campaigns; serve as spokesperson upon request. Communicate regularly with staff across the southern region about cases, campaigns, and strategies; Represent in various fora, including before community groups, legislatures, state agencies, and the media; Other duties that may be assigned to meet needs.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD Degree from accredited university Membership in good standing in the Georgia Bar or willingness to sit for the next bar exam if waiving in is not an option. Bi-lingual, English/Spanish (conversational, speaking and writing) preferred. 5+ years federal impact litigation, with a preference for experience representing detained immigrants, or comparable legal experience; Excellent research and writing skills; Experience leading public advocacy or mobilization campaigns preferred; Quantitative analytical skills preferred. Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies; Initiative, vision, and a strong commitment to the struggle for social justice; Ability to prioritize responsibilities and have fun in a high-energy, fast paced work environment; Excellent and consistent attention-to-detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; Aptitude for and willingness to be a team player.

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Req No. 2017-1143

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