Temporary Legal Associate

The Organization: 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 Temporary Legal Associate will work closely with the Legal Director for a 12-month period to continue our crucial work for families who suffered separation, as they seek reunification, justice and healing. We believe that nearly 1000 families remain separated and at least several hundred parents who were deported without their children still need to be located and connected with available relief.


The Temporary Legal Associate is a great opportunity for someone with 3-5 years of office-based work experience who will enjoy working in a key administrative role to keep everything moving behind the scenes. Because the Temporary Legal Associate will regularly interact with lawyers in the U.S. and with members of the Justice in Motion Defender Network in Mexico and Central America, the candidate we seek must have professional-level Spanish ability (written and spoken), which will be assessed as the first step of our process.


Note: Justice in Motion does not represent clients directly.

Details: The Temporary Legal Associate is a full-time, non-exempt position that reports to the Legal Director and begins as soon as possible, ideally sometime in June 2021 and will run for a twelve month period. This is a union position, and will be covered by Justice in Motion’s collective bargaining agreement. Union employees are represented by theAssociation of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW Local 2325.

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, travel to Central America/Mexico and occasional travel within the U.S. will be likely.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is based on a union scale, with a starting salary of at least $50,000, with placement commensurate with 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: “Temporary Legal Associate-- [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.

The ideal candidate for this position meets these requirements:
  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 3-5 years professional work experience

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

  3. Experience managing confidential information: This person has excellent judgment and has references who will attest to their high level of maturity, professionalism, trustworthiness, integrity, and experience working with sensitive information.

  4. Tech-savvy: This is someone who easily picks up and adapts to new technologies and systems, can quickly figure out their way around a database, and knows how to use video and chat apps to find the best way to connect.Must be great with Excel and Word, GSuite, Adobe Acrobat, and basic document management. Salesforce, Relativity, and/or comparable database experience is a plus.

  5. Excellent attention to detail and time management: This is someone who is obsessed with details and has experience staying organized independently. Must be able to listen carefully and retain and act on information learned during conversation. This person is able to stay on top of frequent communications with a variety of people, including via email, phone calls, text messages, etc., process detailed case notes, and write memoranda.

  6. Natural collaborator: This person demonstrates emotional intelligence, self-awareness and patience, and is able to work with stakeholders from a variety of cultural backgrounds, with different paradigms and visions for how social change happens.

  7. Proactive communicator: This person excels at confirming what’s being requested, checking for understanding, communicating progress regularly, and raising potential issues before they become major problems. They welcome feedback, and are oriented toward the larger success of the work.

  8. Patience and adaptability:This is someone who knows people operate in different ways, and takes the time needed to work with each individual, and follow up appropriately. They are able to adapt to and thrive amidst changing circumstances, and have a demonstrated ability to learn new concepts.This person appreciates creative planning and adjusting to meet new needs.

  9. Cross-cultural awareness: This is someone who has lived or worked with people from many cultures and within diverse communities and thrives in those environments. They enjoy being able to connect with a wide variety of people, and easily demonstrate curiosity and empathy.



The primary areas of responsibility include supportingJustice in Motion’s collaborative work to ensure families who have suffered separation have access to reunification, justice and healing. This is an important position on a small team, and the duties will evolve as the project needs to shift.

The types of responsibilities may include:


Case Management

  • Engaging in collaborative work with lawyers in the US and members of the Justice in Motion (JiM) Defender Network in Central America and Mexico on cases for families who were separated during the Trump era and need on the ground outreach efforts and access to any available avenues for reunification and reparation of harm

  • Making recommendations to the Legal Director on referrals, assignments, and project management

  • Using case management systems to enter information, update records regularly, run reports, and complete tasks on deadline

  • Maintaining organized collaborative databases and consistently ensuring that records and information are easily accessible

  • Scheduling, leading, and participating in meetings and calls, taking notes and writing memoranda

  • Reviewing and processing detailed case data from multiple sources, including database systems, and from JiM Defender written reports, texts and phone calls

  • Drafting and responding to email and text messages, with an eye towards troubleshooting communication issues so that desired case outcomes are met

  • Editing and completing forms, including case assignment forms and foundational documents germane to collaborations


Project Implementation

  • Developing and implementing training protocol

  • Presenting to a wide variety of audiences from the USA and our program countries

  • Running logistics for JiM team travel, activities and events related to family reunification and access to justice and healing

  • Assisting the Communications team with media requests

  • Interfacing with JiM Defender Network and Policy Advocacy programming