Legal Manager

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 Legal Manager position is ideal for a lawyer with 3-5 years of experience, someone who is a positive team-player, and an effective project manager who will help the Legal Action program run smoothly and in alignment withJustice in Motion’s theory of social change and Legal Action program work goals, with the guidance and supervision of the Legal Director. The Legal Manager will manage case collaborations, develop projects, and design improvements for maximum impact so that migrants have access to cross-border justice through international collaboration.

Note: Justice in Motion does ​not​ represent clients directly. This position does not include client representation or direct services.

Details: The Legal Manager is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the Legal Director and begins as soon as possible, ideally in April. This is a union position, and will be covered by Justice in Motion’s collective bargaining agreement.

Location and Travel:  This is a remote position and 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 approximately six trips per year, to Central America, Mexico, and within the U.S.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is based on a union scale, with a starting salary of at least $66,000, negotiable 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 cover letter that describes how you meet the requirements of this position to ​apply@justiceinmotion.org ​in the subject line, please write: “Legal Manager-- [Your Name].”   

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

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.

Ideal Candidate Profile

  1. A lawyer ready to move away from representing clients: We are looking for someone who has a JD or LLM from an accredited law school in the US, and 3-5 years of experience practicing law, including in immigration or asylum proceedings. Relevant experience can also include law school clinics focusing on immigration, asylum, or federal civil litigation, including employment and civil rights cases on behalf of migrant clients. This is someone who has appreciated their time representing clients but is eager to “zoom out” to work on broader issues related to access to justice and migration policy at a project-level.

  2. Spanish fluency in a professional setting: ​This person is either a native speaker, or has significant experience using Spanish professionally, especially in writing. Can easily switch back and forth between English and Spanish with comprehension nearing 100%

  3. A natural builder: This person is a curious systems thinker who has a start-up mentality, is able to get creative and make a big impact with minimal resources, truly enjoys getting into the weeds when necessary, and wants to pitch in on a small team.

  4. An organizational whiz: This person actually loves the administrative side of running a program - preparing for and handling lots of details and multiple projects running in parallel, methodically using task management systems to keep track of projects, and to help their colleagues to know what the priorities are so deadlines are met.

  5. Thrives with feedback and learning: This is someone who wants mentorship, requests and learns from constructive feedback, approaches conflict with humility, and seeks out the context and history of situations.They are highly self-aware and dedicated to pushing themselves to improve, grow, and learn.

  6. Proactive communicator: ​This is a person who has excelled working on dispersed and remote teams before and understands the value of over-communicating, with the organization’s theory of change and vision as a guide.This person takes the lead in making conversations happen, and always strives to have the right people at the table to give input.

  7. Cross-cultural experience: ​This is someone who has lived or worked with people from many cultures and within diverse communities and thrives in those environments. They enjoy connecting with a wide variety of people, and easily demonstrate curiosity, empathy, and tact.



  • Case Collaborations

    • Manage the execution of cross-border case collaborations, including case facilitations, with support from Justice in Motion’s Legal Assistant:

      • Initiating relationships with Advocates and their organizations

      • Analyzing and screening cases with Defenders and Advocates

      • Reviewing contracts and agreements

      • Troubleshooting issues with communication and task completion betweenAdvocates and Defenders

      • Ensuring timely payments to Defenders and invoices to Advocates

      • Tracking challenges and solutions through regular check-ins and evaluations

      • Reporting on outcomes

  • Relationship Management

    • Management:Develop and sustain collegial working relationships with members of the Justice in Motion Defender Network in Mexico and Central America and with the Advocates in US and Canada who represent migrants needing JiM Defenders’ assistance.

  • Legal Training and Writing

    • Develop and deliver training (virtual and in-person) in Spanish and English to constituencies as needed and draft legal practice and advisory publications in both Spanish and English regarding migrants’ employment and civil rights, immigration, and access to justice.

  • Relationship Management

    • Maintain knowledge of immigration law and procedure, solutions to cross-border legal issues, US migration and labor policy towards migrants from Mexico and Central America, particularly as it relates to immigrant detention, due process, removal defense, and humanitarian migration benefits for migrants seeking protection. Share knowledge with the team as needed.

  • Legal Training and Writing

    • Engage in special project program design, implementation, management, and evaluations, as needed resulting from successful funding requests. Special projects address cross-border challenges in the migrant rights and immigration landscape and will involve strategic thinking about the role of international collaboration within civil society in advancing access to justice for migrants generally, and the added value of Justice in Motion’s collaborative model and Defender Network in specific cases.

  • General Support for the Organization

    • Support JiM’s Policy program initiatives throughout the region related to migrant rights and protection.

    • Support JiM’s Defender Network program capacity building related to cross-border collaboration serving migrants who need access to justice

    • Participate in Communications, Development, and Justice in Motion administration activities.

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