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Policy Associate

Req ID: 7247
Location: Washington D.C.
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
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National Immigrant Justice Center

Policy Associate, Policy Team

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) advances human rights and due process for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers through direct legal services, impact litigation, advocacy and public education.  Headquartered in Chicago with offices in Washington, DC, Indiana and San Diego, NIJC’s team of 100 attorneys, paralegals and professionals, along with 2,000 pro bono attorneys, is at the forefront of immigration reform. 


NIJC’s Washington, D.C. office develops policy priorities toward the advancement of human rights and due process for immigrant communities. NIJC seeks to advance fair and just policies.  Priority areas include: access to counsel and due process rights; ending immigration detention; combatting harsh immigration enforcement and the criminalization of migrants; and defending the right to asylum. The Policy Associate will support and further the goals of the Policy Team. Responsibilities will include working with legal service teams, coordinating strategic congressional tracking and outreach tools, coordinating and implementing a strategy for elevating detention conditions concerns to the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and supporting the team in research, writing, and coalition work. The Policy Associate will be directly supervised by the Associate Director of Policy in NIJC’s Washington, D.C. office.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate strategic approach to management of congressional outreach: Develop and maintain systems for coordinating congressional outreach and developing congressional target lists to support campaign work, coalition work, and policy work on appropriations and other legislation.  
  • Support and liaise with legal service teams to facilitate congressional support for NIJC clients: Work with legal services and litigation teams to develop case summaries and supportive materials seeking congressional support for NIJC clients.
  • Coordinating CRCL complaint hub for NIJC clients in detention: Conduct client interviews and support drafting of complaints with the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties for NIJC clients in detention.
  • Research and writing support for Policy Team reports and policy briefs
  • Administrative and managerial support for campaign and coalition work


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Education and / or Experience: Undergraduate degree required. At least two to three years professional experience required, preferably working on issues involving immigration law and policy
  • Language Skills: Spanish language skills required.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

  • Experience working on issues involving immigration law and policy 
  • Experience achieving results within a climate of change, where external forces remain uncertain and where stakeholders may have conflicting objectives
  • Exceptional communicator, ability to work with a diverse, talented group of legal professionals, building trust, collaboration and a culture that welcomes change
  • Exceptional research and writing skills
  • Subscribes to NIJC values, advancing due process and human rights protections for immigrants and refugees

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