Positions

(Remote) Central American Policy Internship

Justice in Motion protects migrant rights by ensuring justice across borders.

 

In the face of overwhelming legal and practical barriers, many migrants who have suffered exploitation or abuse at the hands of employers or government officials give up their rights after leaving the United States. Other migrants who flee abuse, violence, and persecution are unable to remain in safety due to lack of evidence to support their claims.

 

These migrants need “portable justice” - the right and ability to access justice across borders. Justice in Motion is dedicated to ensuring portable justice through legal, educational, and policy initiatives in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Essential to this transnational model is our Defender Network, a unique partnership of on-the-ground human rights organizations in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Justice in Motion makes sure that wherever migrants go, their rights will follow.

The Position: The Central American Policy intern will work under the supervision of the Policy Advocacy Manager on projects related to the Biden Administration’s strategy to address the root causes of migration in Northern Central America. Specifically, the intern will support the policy team’s advocacy to promote safe labor migration for workers from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador who obtain H-2A and H-2B visas to work temporarily in the United States. Justice in Motion is looking for a fluent Spanish speaker to research and write about labor and recruitment laws in Northern Central America and collate intel from our Defender Network partners to help us understand labor recruitment and worker protection efforts occurring in these countries, with an emphasis on Guatemala.

 

Ideal Start of June 1.
 

Duration:  8-10 weeks. 15- 40 hours a week (number of hours per week, as well as start and end dates, can be flexible based on candidate).

Details: This is an unpaid internship opportunity and we are seeking candidates needing to

fulfill an academic requirement for an internship.

 

Location and Travel:  Justice in Motion is a remote organization, and this position can be based anywhere in the U.S., with work hours aligned with the Eastern Time Zone. Candidates located in the DC Metro Area are preferred for specific Hill advocacy projects.


How to Apply: Justice in Motion values diversity in our workforce and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply. Please email a resume, a short writing sample (less than 5 pages), and a customized cover letter to apply@justiceinmotion.org in the subject line, please write: “Policy -- [Your Name].”

 

Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Requirements

  1. Has an interest in federal immigration policy and worker/migrant/immigrant rights

  2. Has access to a laptop and internet connection during work hours (core operating hours are 10 - 4 PM ET) for duration of internship 

  3. Strong research and writing skills and attention to detail

  4.  Ability to communicate effectively in English

  5.  Strong written and verbal communication skills

  6.  Ability to take initiative and work independently

  7.  Ability to maintain deadlines

  8.  Ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced work environment

  9.  Able to work remotely

  10.  Basic computer skills, Microsoft365, Google Drive, etc.

  11.  18+ years of agee

Preferred

  1. Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish, both verbally and in writing

  2. Previous experience on Capitol Hill as a congressional staff member or with an advocacy organization

  3. Resident of the DC Metro area

Responsibilities

This is an important position on a small team, and the duties will evolve over time. The primary areas of responsibility include:

Under the direction of the policy and advocacy manager, the intern will conduct research and writing projects on unique areas of work aligning with the Central American policy agenda, specifically focusing on the expansion of H-2 visas in the region.

​Activities will include:

  • Review and analyze labor laws and worker recruitment laws in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

  • Develop educational resources to support organizations in Justice in Motion’s Defender Network working to strengthen protections for workers being recruited for H-2 opportunities

  • Gather and collate information from Defender Network partners on recruitment activities in the region 

  • Support the policy team to develop policy recommendations to strengthen protections for workers on H-2 visas from the region

  • Collaborate with the policy team on related policy activities as they evolve policy priorities and achieve policy change

Depending on the semester and program priorities, the intern will have the opportunity to contribute to or spearhead the drafting of reports, manuals, handouts, and memos on the above topics.

Justice in Motion is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or any other applicable status protected by state or local law.