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We are hiring! Al Otro Lado is a binational legal services organization serving refugees and deportees in Tijuana, Mexico and Los Angeles, California. See the job announcements below for more details.

Al Otro Lado is a binational legal services organization serving refugees and deportees in Tijuana, Mexico and Los Angeles, California. The Operations Coordinator will be a full-time, salaried position with full benefits operating out of Al Otro Lado’s Los Angeles office.

Job responsibilities:

Coordinate bookkeeping tasks, including payment to vendors and subcontractors, payroll, benefits, and recordkeeping in QuickBooks Develop annual budgets and regularly analyze and evaluate those budgets; provide budgeting information for decision-making

Fulfill tax and insurance requirements; coordinate filing corporate tax documents and 990 documents for 501(c)3 Identify opportunities for cost savings

Produce quarterly, semi-annual and annual financial reports Recruit and coordinate interns and office volunteers General office management functions

Required Qualifications:

Strong commitment to working in social justice, experience working with immigrant communities a plus

Ability to work independently in a deadline-driven environment; successfully manage multi-functional projects, priorities and timelines with minimal supervision; follow-through and attention to detail is essential

Strong computer skills including ability to work with QuickBooks, Microsoft Office Suite; solid knowledge and comfort with word processing, spreadsheets, mail merge and advanced functions

Budgeting, tax preparation and payroll experience a plus Strong interpersonal and communications skills

Excellent time and project management skills

Fluency / proficiency in Spanish (listen, speak, read, write)

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, with three professional references to jobs@alotrolado.org, with Operations Coordinator 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, formerly incarcerated individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities.

Al Otro Lado is a binational legal services organization serving refugees and deportees in Tijuana, Mexico and Los Angeles, California. The Development Coordinator will be a full-time, salaried position with full benefits operating out of Al Otro Lado’s San Diego office, Los Angeles office, or remotely, with travel to different program sites quarterly.

Job responsibilities:

Produce donor appeals and other fundraising materials

Research and track grant opportunities including to produce letters of intents and applications, compile/update supporting materials, and provide any necessary follow-up documents

Develop and pursue new ways to fundraise including planned giving, annual fundraiser

Cultivate, strengthen, build, maintain and nurture relationships with donors

Attend networking, community and partner meetings/events to cultivate new donors

Update and maintain donation links on website

Create and update donation pages for events, emails and other campaigns

Prepare Thank You letters to donors and automatic email receipts for online donations

Maintain donor database

Recruit and coordinate fundraising interns and volunteers

Provide fundraising information for decision-making

Support Operations Coordinator with budgeting process

Required Qualifications:

Strong commitment to working in social justice, experience working with immigrant communities a plus

Ability to work independently in a deadline-driven environment; successfully manage multi-functional projects, priorities and timelines with minimal supervision; follow-through and attention to detail is essential

Nonprofit fundraising experience and/or familiarity with advocacy work from the perspective of a non-profit advocacy group, or similar organization, is preferred Strong computer skills including ability to work with Microsoft Office Suite; solid knowledge and comfort with word processing, spreadsheets, mail merge and advanced functions

Experience with and aptitude for relational databases; strong database skills, including high-level data entry, tracking and analyzing data and data forensics

Excellent abilities to build and maintain relationships Strong interpersonal and communications skills

Excellent time and project management skills

Fluency / proficiency in Spanish (listen, speak, read, write)

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, with three professional references to jobs@alotrolado.org, with Development Coordinator 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, formerly incarcerated individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities.

Staff Attorney – Los Angeles (Adelanto)

THE ORGANIZATION

Al Otro Lado is a binational legal services organization serving refugees and deportees in Tijuana, Mexico and Los Angeles, California.

THE STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION

The Staff Attorney will be based out of Al Otro Lado’s Los Angeles office and will primarily handle cases for clients detained in the Adelanto Detention Facility in Adelanto, California. The Staff Attorney will also handle cases for clients in removal proceedings in Los Angeles Immigration Court and affirmative filings with USCIS (U Visas, VAWA, family-based petitions, naturalization, adjustment of status). The overwhelming majority of cases handled by the Staff Attorney will be for individuals detained in Adelanto. Frequent travel to Adelanto will be required (estimated 2-3 times per week).

JOB DUTIES

Representation of individuals detained in Adelanto Detention Facility (Adelanto, CA) in relief before the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals; Representation of individuals in removal proceedings in the Los Angeles Immigration Court; Representation of individuals before USCIS and ICE (post-order supervision); Administrative duties as needed. This is a full-time, salaried exempt position, available for one year with potential to extend depending on need and funding. Competitive salary and benefits.

QUALIFICATION AND REQUIREMENTS

Fluency in Spanish is required. The applicant must be licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction; California Bar preferred. We are seeking applicants with a minimum of 1-2 years of immigration experience; we will consider immigration paralegal experience, organizing experience, and/or law school clinic experience. Applicants should be self-directed and self-reliant, highly organized, flexible, and able to work in a fast-paced setting with limited resources. This position requires regular travel to detention facilities.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, with three professional references to jobs@alotrolado.org, with Los Angeles Staff Attorney 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, formerly incarcerated individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities.

Staff Attorney or Fully Accredited BIA-Accredited Representative – San Diego/Tijuana

THE ORGANIZATION

Al Otro Lado is a binational legal services organization serving refugees and deportees in Tijuana, Mexico and Los Angeles, California. The Border Rights Project of Al Otro Lado works with asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico and asylum seekers detained at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, California. In addition to direct representation and community education, the project also engages impact litigation on behalf of asylum seekers whose rights have been violated by US immigration authorities and corporate subcontractors. Current litigation includes Al Otro Lado v. Kelly and Gonzalez v. Core Civic. The project conducts human rights monitoring at the San Ysidro port of entry and its reporting on human rights violations by US border authorities has been cited in reports of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, as well as many national news publications and media outlets.

THE POSITION

The Staff Attorney/BIA Accredited Representative will be engaged in organizational work in both Tijuana, MX and San Diego. In Tijuana, the Staff Attorney/BIA Accredited Representative will conduct “know your rights” clinics for asylum-seeking families in migrant shelters, engage volunteers to conduct legal screenings at clinics, accompany families to the border, and track for new cases of family separation.

In San Diego, this position will regularly meet with clients and potential clients detained at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, prepare motions for bond and parole, and coordinate volunteers to meet with detained asylum seekers and refugees. The Staff Attorney/BIA Accredited Representative will also engage with the San Diego Federal Public Defender and our nonprofit partners to receive referrals of asylum seekers. In helping separated families, s/he will coordinate with Office of Refugee Resettlement-funded legal service providers to coordinate reunification with children detained outside of California, and represent parents detained in or released to Southern California. The Staff Attorney/BIA Accredited Representative will also assist on cases of mentally incompetent detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility and Theo Lacy.

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

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

❖ Create/update “Know Your Rights” presentations, workshops, and materials specifically for asylum seeking families in Tijuana, providing information on parent’s rights and children’s rights while detained.

❖ Screen parents at detention facilities for relief and possible representation.

❖ Provide direct representation to parents separated from children. This may include representation in credible fear and reasonable fear interviews, representation in immigration proceedings and custody redetermination hearings before the Immigration Court, representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals, representation in applications before USCIS, and other related services.

❖ Coordinate return to home country, if desired by the client, to ensure parents and children are returned together. This will include extensive interaction and relationship building between different government agencies and stakeholders.

❖ Representation of other detained asylum seekers and mentally incompetent detainees. This is a full-time, salaried exempt position. Competitive salary and benefits.

QUALIFICATION AND REQUIREMENTS

Fluency in Spanish is required. The applicant must be licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction (California Bar preferred) or be fully accredited by the BIA. We are seeking applicants with a minimum of 1-2 years of immigration experience; we will consider immigration paralegal experience, organizing experience, and/or law school clinic experience. 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, occasional travel to Central America and other parts of Mexico, and the applicant must have reliable transportation and be able to cross the US-Mexico border.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, with three professional references to jobs@alotrolado.org, with San Diego Staff Attorney/BIA Rep 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, formerly incarcerated individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities.