Family Reunification Coordinator
Al Otro Lado is a binational legal services organization serving refugees and deportees in Tijuana, Mexico and Los Angeles, California. Al Otro Lado runs several programs, including the Border Rights Project working with asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico and asylum seekers detained at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, the Litigation Program which engages in impact litigation on behalf of asylum seekers whose rights have been violated by US immigration authorities and corporate subcontractors, and the Family Reunification Program, which has been successful in reuniting the most deported parents with their children in the United States who were separated under the Zero Tolerance Policy and its preceding pilot program.
THE FAMILY REUNIFICATION PROJECT COORDINATOR POSITION
Al Otro Lado is hiring a Family Reunification Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating daily operations for Al Otro Lado’s Family Reunification Project. The project represents parents that were separated from their children under “Zero Tolerance,” and the pilot program that preceded it, and deported without them. Currently, Al Otro Lado represents families that have been granted legal permission by the United States government to return for the purposes of reunification and seeking immigration relief, as well as families that were denied that right. The Project Coordinator will prioritize ensuring all families granted return have sponsors and paperwork in place as well as other crucial logistics. The Project Coordinator will be the point of contact for all non-legal questions that Family Reunification Program clients may have. Once families have returned to the US, the Project Coordinator will ensure that parents and/or families are able to reunite with their children from whom they were separated by reaching out to hosts of each parent/families’ child or children and developing a reunification plan. It is critical to the success of the project that the Project Coordinator be in regular contact with both sponsors and our clients to ensure that they attend all ICE check-ins and court hearings in their ICE and EOIR jurisdiction, have access to community resources (i.e. school enrollment, medical care, etc.), and to coordinate with Al Otro Lado’s Pro Bono Coordinator to ensure all families have legal representation secured.
This position may be based at Al Otro Lado’s San Diego office, but Al Otro Lado will consider a remote candidate for this position if their qualifications are exceptional.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Establish contact with all Family Reunification Project clients in home countries preparing to return to the United States, as well as those families who have already been reunified in the States.
- Assist with coordination of travel logistics and humanitarian assistance for families
- Collaborate with Al Otro Lado’s pro bono coordinator to help clients find legal representation in the United States.
- Find sponsors in the U.S. for families (as needed) and maintain regular contact with them.
- Maintain regular communication with Al Otro Lado’s partners such as Justice in Motion and KIND.
- Assist attorneys with tracking ICE check-ins and court dates.
- Manage case information in the LawLab database and use LawLab to determine the necessary next steps for each case.
- Connect clients to necessary community resources, including therapy.
- Help Managing Attorney with electronic and other filings, such as FOIAs, Motions to Change Venue, Humanitarian Paroles and Asylum Applications, as needed.
- Work with Al Otro Lado’s Communication Manager in coordinating media interviews for families, as needed.
- Certain administrative duties.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. The ideal candidate will be flexible, adaptive, and enthusiastic about responding to needs as they arise.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Spanish fluency is required. Some of our clients speak indigenous languages, and the Project Coordinator will have access to phone interpreters as needed. Applicants should be self-directed and self-reliant, highly organized, motivated, flexible, and able to work in a high volume setting with limited resources. Candidates with case management experience and/or experience working with immigrant populations are strongly encouraged to apply.