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Start date: October 2022 

End date: June 2023

Application Deadline: Rolling Basis 

Location: Remote position, Must reside in California

About California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice 

The California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (CCIJ) supports innovative approaches to liberation and empowerment of detained immigrants and their communities. We envision a world where everyone’s right to a life free from fear, incarceration (physical or electronic), or family separation is respected. We strive to elevate the lived experiences of detained immigrants by centering their voices and humanity in all our work. We believe that no human should ever be caged, and we understand that true liberation will only be achieved when directly impacted individuals are empowered to demand freedom and respect for their human rights. 

We seek to empower immigrants in detention and their communities through technical assistance, education, and participatory defense strategies, while also advancing advocacy, policy and litigation initiatives consistent with the goals of abolition and freedom for immigrants in detention. Our work incorporates rapid response, detained representation, legal screenings, and data strategy. 

The Position 

CCIJ is searching for an Intake Specialist to support legal assistance for immigrants in detention centers and to provide support to our staff attorneys working on detention accountability issues during the current 2022-23 academic year. 

The Intake Specialist is responsible for assisting with CCIJ’s legal clinics for immigrants in detention, which take place by phone, video, and in-person at detention centers. The position includes conducting legal intakes and completing referrals and other follow-up. 

The Intake Specialist will also assist with gathering information regarding detention conditions for potential claims under AB3228, which allows certain immigrants harmed in detention to sue for damages. The Intake Specialist will also assist with developing AB3228 materials and making referrals, and will provide administrative support for the AB3228 Litigation Working Group. 

The position is fully remote with occasional travel to detention centers. Candidates must live in California. Hours are flexible up to 20 hours per week, and will be based on a schedule to be determined in consultation with the Senior Attorney. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

● Help coordinate CCIJ remote and in-person legal clinics and conduct intakes.

● Support legal assistance for detained immigrants. 

● Answer CCIJ’s legal services hotline for detained immigrants. 

● Manage the collection and entry of data through CCIJ legal clinics and other legal assistance by CCIJ and partners. 

● Participate in detention center visits, as needed. 

● Assist with referral of detained cases to pro bono partners and AB3228 Litigation Working Group. 

● Assist as an English-Spanish interpreter or translator for CCIJ, as needed.

● Support the reporting of grant deliverables and data reports for CCIJ. 


● AA degree or higher (or currently enrolled in a degree program); 

● Detail-oriented, responsible, and organized; 

● Accuracy and attention to detail an absolute must; 

● Must be fully fluent in Spanish (i.e. able to speak to clients in Spanish without an interpreter and able translate written materials in English to Spanish or vice-versa);

● Ability to prioritize and multitask; 

● Strong communication skills (verbal and written); 

● Proficient in all MS Office and Adobe Applications, including Excel; 

● Familiar with Google Workspace/G-Suite; and 

● Willingness to travel to California immigrant detention centers in Kern and Imperial counties. 


Compensation: $30/hour, 10-20 hours a week. This is a temporary position that will end in June 2023. 

To Apply 

Applications, including a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position and a resume, should be submitted online at:, with the subject line “Intake Specialist.” Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered. 

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants will be notified once they are selected for an interview or no longer under consideration. Please no inquiries or phone calls. 

California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work.

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