(Remote) Defender Network Associate

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 and Central America. ​Justice in Motion makes sure that wherever migrants go, their rights will follow.

The Position: The Defender Network Associate plays an important role in providing a broad level of administrative support to the Defender Network, including managing the processes and systems, and building the infrastructure to grow and strengthen the membership of Defenders. The role will also require coordination of logistics for Defender Network events.

For this role, professional fluency in Spanish is essential, because this person will regularly be interacting with Defenders in Mexico and Central America to integrate them in the systems we’ve developed and will need to bring a service orientation to supporting Defenders’ individual and technological needs.

Details:  This is a full-time, non-exempt position, reporting to the Defender Network Director, and begins as soon as possible. This is a union position, and will be covered by Justice in Motion’s collective bargaining agreement.


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. When safe to do so, this position will require occasional travel within the US; potential opportunity for international travel (1-2 times per year).

Salary and Benefits: The annual salary range for this position is $50,000 - $56,000, depending on experience. Justice in Motion provides a comprehensive benefits package and a generous amount of leave.



Justice in Motion values diversity in our workforce and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply. Please email a resume and a customized cover letter to apply@justiceinmotion.org in the subject line, please write: “DN ASSC-- [Your Name].”  

Work will begin as soon as possible. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.


Justice in Motion is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.

Ideal Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate meets these requirements:

  1. Spanish fluency in a professional setting: This person is either a native speaker, or has significant experience using Spanish professionally, whether living and working abroad in a Spanish-speaking country or serving in a role where they engaged with Spanish-speaking migrant communities.

  2. Service mindset: Experience thriving in service-oriented roles, comfortable working with many different personality types and needs. Always works with the Defender Network in mind. Demonstrates a sense of urgency and offers solutions to accomplish the DN department goals.

  3. Tech-savvy: Can easily pick up and adapt to new technologies and systems. Work experience utilizing a database to streamline work and knows how to use video and chat apps to find the best way to connect. Familiarity with Salesforce is a huge plus.

  4. Love of event planning: Seeking an experienced individual with a minimum of 3 - 5 years of event planning experience. Must be proficient using a project/task management system to coordinate and accomplish multiple, simultaneous tasks.

  5. Autonomous: High level of autonomy to take ownership of event/project execution to the smallest detail. Confident in determining next steps and offering solid suggestions for problem solving.

  6. Patience and adaptability: Skilled at juggling multiple priorities and the needs of individuals with varied program needs.

  7. Proactive communicator: Demonstrated skills with communicating to a variety of audiences effectively, constantly looking for ways to solve problems before they occur. Takes ownership to confirm instructions are effective and appropriate, timely follow up as needed.

  8. Poise under pressure: Experienced person who adapts quickly to unexpected events and challenges.


This is a new position, and the duties will evolve over time. The primary focus of the role is to assist the Defender Network Director to ensure the network connects, communicates, collaborates, and convenes around its shared purpose: to protect migrant rights across borders.

  1. Event Coordination:

    • Deadline oriented planning with timelines to identify logical sequencing, priorities, and sense of urgency.

    • Coordinate all moving parts so everything works well together.

    • Project planning and engaging relevant team members in executing tasks, including upward management.

    • Proactive troubleshooting of issues and ownership to solve unanticipated challenges.

    • Key contact for all registrants regarding logistics and participation questions.

  2. Network Support:

    • Coordinate and synthesize Defender Network evaluations and surveys.

    • Help coordinate more complex messages to Defender Network.

    • Defender Network Onboarding process coordination: follow-up, gathering correct information and update using salesforce technology.

    • Support a core team of defenders such as scheduling meetings, taking notes and providing next steps and agreements.

    • Skilled at handling escalated Defender Network requests.

    • Professional Spanish-language conversations with Defenders.

    • Professional translation documents from English to Spanish and vice versa to benefit Defender Network and internal information sharing.

  3. Project Support:

    • 3-5 years of project experience owning tasks from beginning to end of project.

    • Be a thought-partner for current and new projects.

    • Support in developing relevant content for Defender Network internal website.

    • Prepare agendas and minutes to facilitate effective project meetings.

    • Schedule meetings proactively to keep projects moving forward.

    • Experience working with project/task online tools like Asana or similar, to build out tasks and projects.

  4. Training Coordination:

    • ​Help identify training and workshop needs for Defenders.

    • Ownership for all training event details in coordination with the Defender Network Assistant.