Policy Research Intern

Justice in Motion is a non-profit advocacy organization with the mission of protecting migrant rights across borders through litigation support and policy advocacy. At the core of this mission is the belief that all migrants should be treated fairly and should have access to justice, and that in today’s globalized world, cross-border partnerships within civil society are essential to realize fair treatment and justice for migrants. Justice in Motion’s innovative programming includes managing a network of human rights defenders in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

The Position: The Policy Research Intern will work under the supervision of the Policy Advocacy Manager on projects that will support policy advocacy to promote justice across borders, achieve greater transparency in the temporary foreign worker visa system, and create educational materials on transnational justice for a wide audience. Justice in Motion is looking for a candidate who is seeking research and writing experience in the dynamic fields of transnational litigation and labor migration policy advocacy throughout Mexico and Central America. 

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

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via email to: apply [@] justiceinmotion.org


In the subject line, please write: “RI --[Your Name].”

Specific Responsibilities Include:
  • Conducting research on federal visa regulations and statistics to update Visa Pages, the national resource on nonimmigrant work visas in the U.S.

  • Actualizing visa specific reports, check references, and for relevant case developments

  • Assisting with research, editing and proofreading of all visas in the Visa Pages

  • Documenting the abuses and human trafficking that take place under temporary (nonimmigrant) work visas. Justice in Motion is currently spearheading federal legislation to protect workers from trafficking—read more in our Press Statement.

  • Exploring policy developments in Mexico and Central America with the potential to affect migrants’ cross-border rights.

  • Conducting research to support our legal casework, in which we partner U.S. advocates with human rights defenders in Mexico and Central America to ensure that migrants have access to justice.

  • Supporting other policy department projects 

Relevant Experiences and Qualifications

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

  • Has access to a laptop and internet connection during work hours for duration of internship

  • Strong research and writing skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to take initiative and work independently

  • Ability to maintain deadlines

  • Ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced work environment

  • Able to work remotely

  • Basic computer skills, Microsoft365, Google Drive, etc

​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.