Border Rights Fellow - Brownsville Area
American Civil Liberties Union of Texas - Houston, TX

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The Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network is a collaboration of ten community-based organizations representing more than 30,000 clients in the region. In response to the extraordinary conditions experienced by immigrants living along the border, the Network created an Immigration Working Group, a task force dedicated to improving the lives of immigrant families in the Rio Grande Valley.
The Immigration Working Group offers a one-year fellowship to a justice-minded individual to support the work of the Equal Voice Network. The duties of the fellow include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Provide administrative support to the Immigration Working Group.
• Assist in organizing and conducting community meetings for know-your-rights trainings and other community conversations related to immigrant and refugee rights.
• Coordinate an abuse documentation project, in which the member organizations and ally organizations of the Immigration Working Group will use a new secured online system to document abuse of immigrants by federal immigration officials. In order to coordinate this project, the fellow will be conducting trainings and offering support for participating organizations.
• Answer a toll-free abuse tip line and document stories of abuse resulting from interviews with callers.
The fellow will be supervised by Astrid Dominguez, Advocacy Coordinator of the ACLU of Texas and Mike Seifert, Executive Director of the Equal Voice Network. Please review the Equal Voice Network website http://rgvequalvoicenetwork.blogspot.com/ and the ACLU of Texas website http://www.aclutx.org for an understanding of the organizations.
Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree or two years of relevant experience;
• Excellent speaking and writing skills;
• Experience with public speaking and/or conducting presentations;
• Ability to work in a professional environment;
• Strong familiarity with online forms of communication, including social networking, blogging, and teleconferencing;
• Familiarity with immigrant rights issues;
• Experience working with diverse communities in the county;
• Experience in organizing and/or community education preferred;
• Experience in data gathering and/or training in a social science (sociology, anthropology, ethnic studies, psychology, etc.) preferred;
• Spanish language fluency (both spoken and written) is required; please do not apply if you cannot speak Spanish;
• Available to work some evenings and weekends;
• Must have reliable transportation.

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