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Statewide Immigrants’ Rights Organizer

About the Position   Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a statewide immigrants' rights community organizer to lead and support various strategic campaigns including our De-ICE Virginia initiative, a statewide effort to keep ICE out of our communities and protect immigrant families. This is achieved via outreach, legislative and policy change, working in coalition, and building power in directly impacted communities. The work addresses important intersections of race, immigration, and criminal justice that disproportionately impact Black and Brown low-income communities of Virginia. The ideal candidate can work successfully at both a grassroots and grass-tops levels. While the initiative has a statewide reach, we are looking for this position to be based out of one of our Central Virginia offices (Charlottesville or Richmond) . Job Duties   • Relationship building with individuals, organizations, and coalitions to keep a finger on the pulse of immigrant communities • Build leadership and power with those directly impacted by the realities of immigration enforcement and detention • Lead and support existing initiatives including De-ICE Virginia and build new ones from the ground up • Use multiple forms of media to educate community members on their rights and relevant policies • Mobilize for policy changes related to immigration enforcement and detention • Work with a team to develop and implement strategies incorporating impact litigation, direct representation, policy advocacy, and community organizing • Refer individuals to other community resources and legal services as appropriate


Required Qualifications   • Strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice • Experience with community organizing, advocacy, or strategic campaigning – knows how to identify an issue, bring a community together, and achieve lasting change • Demonstrated experience working with individuals and/or communities directly impacted by economic and racial injustice • Ability to work in teams and own or delegate tasks as defined by the team roles • Access to reliable transportation and willingness to occasionally travel to other parts of the state and to LAJC’s other offices • A high level of Spanish language proficiency, sufficient to meet with community members without an interpreter present   Preferred  Qualifications   • Lived experience in communities historically marginalized due to race, immigration status, gender, etc. • Experience using media to amplify needs of a community • Ability to use a variety of tools to reach the community, account for accessibility needs, and keep people engaged (ex. online tools, door-knocking, social media)
To Apply: 
Application Instructions   Email a cover letter or advocacy writing sample and resume to Luis Oyola at If you’re able, please submit your application as a single PDF titled “[date submitted in format][last name][first name][position sought].” Please include “Immigrants’ Rights Community Organizer” in the email subject. Applicants are encouraged to highlight experience in working with low-income individuals and communities, connections to immigrant communities, and any experience in organizing for change and reform and/or coalition building. Please also highlight any specialized skills, such as fluency in a second language or technology skills.   Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Questions about the role? Contact Luis Oyola at or The Legal


Submission Deadline: 
March 28, 2021
Organization Information: 
Legal Aid Justice Center
626 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23803
United States
Phone: 434-328-0716