|Job Title||Senior Associate, Refugee Protection (DC/NY)|
|Location||Washington, DC, 20002-5625|
|Other Location||New York, NY|
Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. Over its 35-year history, Human Rights First has earned a reputation for pragmatic, results-oriented advocacy that is politically astute, grounded in facts, and driven by sophisticated legal and policy analysis. Human Rights First is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a track record of success in delivering change that has made a meaningful difference in people’s lives.
The organization is led by President and CEO Elisa Massimino. A lawyer and activist with more than two decades of experience in the field, Massimino has been recognized as one of the top 20 public advocates in the country. Massimino leads a team of more than 70 talented and committed activists based in New York City, Washington, DC and Houston, TX.
PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
Conduct legal and policy research and analysis and advance advocacy efforts directed at the U.S. government to promote the protection of refugees, reform U.S. asylum law, policies and practices and bring immigration detention practices into line with international law standards.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 3, 2014. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Please complete the online application found at our website www.humanrightsfirst.org under ABOUT / CAREERS links.
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Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York, Washington, DC and Houston, TX. We build respect for human rights and the rule of law to help ensure the dignity to which everyone is entitled and to stem intolerance, tyranny, and violence.
Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff across all programs and departments from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTI people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.
|Required Skills||•Advanced degree in a discipline related to international human rights and at least 5 years of relevant human rights experience; law degree highly preferred
•Significant knowledge of international human rights and refugee protection standards including as they relate to asylum and immigration detention
•Fluency in Spanish required
•Significant knowledge of U.S. asylum and immigration policies and proceedings, as well as expertise on immigration detention, and experience working with refugee and immigrant populations in the United States
•Familiarity with international refugee protection challenges, mechanisms and strategies
•Prior policy advocacy experience, including with the U.S. government
•Strong research, writing and policy analysis skills, including ability to monitor and analyze relevant national and international legal, political and other conditions
•Good written and oral advocacy skills and a demonstrated ability to translate highly technical material for a variety of audiences, including the media
•Demonstrated capacity to take initiative, to finish assignments under pressure and to work collegially with others
•Ability to work comfortably in a variety of settings, including legal, academic, and governmental
•Ability to work successfully across organization lines and with a diverse team of colleagues
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