The Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) of the Southern Poverty Law Center works to protect the rights of immigrants and their children to ensure they are treated with fairness and respect for their dignity. Our work is focused in three main areas: (1) defending against unfair deportation practices; (2) protecting immigrant workers from exploitation and (3) defending the civil rights of immigrants. In recent years, we have ended discriminatory practices that reduced immigrants’ access to driver’s licenses in Georgia and to register to vote in Louisiana. We have won millions of dollars in stolen wages and other compensation to migrant workers in states such as South Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi.
As part of IJP, this spring we launched the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (“SIFI”), an ambitious project to provide free legal representation to immigrants detained in southeastern detention centers. By ensuring that skilled attorneys are available, at no charge, to protect the due process rights of detained immigrants, SIFI endeavors to win every meritorious deportation defense case arising out of immigration enforcement actions. In addition to winning immigration cases for our clients, SIFI’s goals include public education that demystifies who immigrants are; challenging the deportation machine; and shutting down detention centers that cannot meet the basic constitutional requirements appropriate for civil adjudications. SIFI began at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, in collaboration with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Council, the Innovation Law Lab and the American Immigration Representation Project. It has since expanded to the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia and the LaSalle ICE Processing Center in Jena, Louisiana. In January, SIFI will expand to the Folkston ICE Processing Center in Folkston, Georgia.
IJP is seeking a Staff Attorney to focus predominately on litigation and other advocacy arising out of SIFI and to assist with some aspects of SIFI operations. The Staff Attorney will spend approximately two-thirds of her or his time on SIFI litigation, advocacy, and operations, and one-third on other IJP litigation and advocacy. A commitment to IJP’s goals, in addition to the ability to work long hours, including some weekends, is required.
SIFI Litigation, Advocacy, and Operations
Other IJP Litigation and Advocacy
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