Jobs at AALDEF

AALDEF does precedent-setting litigation, advocacy, and policy work in the areas of economic justice for workers, immigrant rights, anti-trafficking, educational equity and youth rights, voting rights and redistricting, post-9/11 civil liberties issues, housing and environmental justice, and other major civil rights issues affecting Asian American communities.

Please check below for current job, internship, and fellowship openings. General volunteer and internship applications may be sent to info@aaldef.org. AALDEF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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2015 SUMMER LEGAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
(Deadline: January 30, 2015)

Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

Internships for the summer of 2015 are available in the following program areas:

  • Anti-Trafficking Initiative - legal research and writing on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as outreach, community education, and advocacy on the rights of exploited and abused workers.

  • Community Health Care Initiative - legal research, community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access;

  • Economic Justice for Workers - legal research, advocacy and direct representation on behalf of Asian immigrant workers experiencing wage-and-hour, retaliation, and workplace safety violations in the restaurant, nail salon, domestic worker, and other low-wage industries;  

  • Educational Equity and Youth Rights: legal services, policy work, community education, research and litigation concerning educational equity, juvenile justice, language access, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment;

  • Housing & Environmental Justice Project: community outreach/education, research, and litigation on gentrification and other land use issues affecting low-income and Asian immigrant communities;

  • Immigrant Access to Justice: litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities impacted by post 9/11 immigration and law enforcement policies. An additional emphasis on Asian communities' access to representation and education about immigration policies and practices that may impact them, including deferred action policies and administrative relief for undocumented youth and other immigrants, unconstitutional DHS stops, and collaboration between state/local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement, e.g., "Secure Communities" program; **Law students ONLY**

  • Voting Rights - legal research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballot, produce reports and organize public forums, and assist in organizing legal trainings.

Description of Summer Internship Program: The summer program is ten weeks, from approximately June 1 through August 7, 2015.  Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas.  Depending on the program area, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis.  Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding.  Academic credit can be arranged.

To Apply:

  • Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to be received by AALDEF on or before Friday, January 30, 2015 at the address below.  Please indicate in your cover letter the top three preferred program areas.  Only law students qualify for AALDEF's legal internships.  Applications may be faxed or emailed.

  • Any bilingual ability should be stated in the application.  Bilingual ability is helpful but not required.  Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Indonesian and Urdu-speaking applicants are especially urged to apply.

  • Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the January 30, 2015 deadline.  Interviewing will take place on a rolling basis.  Only applicants who have been granted interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process. 

Summer Internship Search (Legal)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, New York 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303  Email: info@aaldef.org

For more information, contact: Ken Kimerling at 212-966-5932 x203 or kkimerling@aaldef.org
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2015 SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIPS

Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The summer program is ten (10) weeks, beginning approximately June 1st through August 7th, 2015.  The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding and work-study funds may also be available.  Academic credit can be arranged.

Community Health Care Initiative Intern:  community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access;

Educational Equity Intern: Responsibilities include community outreach and presentations with Asian American youth groups, public education policy research, assistance with client intakes and general support for projects on educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment;

Housing & Environmental Justice Project Intern: Responsibilities include community outreach and research on land use, community planning, and anti-displacement issues; 

Office Assistant: Responsibilities include data entry, organizing press clippings, answering phones, doing mailings, assisting with fundraising and other events, and performing general clerical duties.  Other responsibilities include providing support for community education and outreach projects and acting as an interpreter/translator.  Computer experience with databases, graphics and web programs is helpful;  

Voting Rights Intern: research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings; conduct voter registration drives.

Requirements: Candidates must be detail-oriented and possess strong writing skills.  Spoken and written knowledge of Korean, Bangla, Chinese, or another Asian language is a plus. Qualified applicants should indicate which internship they are applying for and send a resume and cover letter by Monday, February 9, 2015 to:

Summer Undergraduate Intern Search
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor, New York, New York 10013
fax: 212.966.4303 or email: info@aaldef.org  

For more information, contact Jennifer Weng at 212-966-5932, ext. 212 or jweng@aaldef.org.

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STAFF ATTORNEY, EDUCATIONAL EQUITY PROGRAM


DESCRIPTION: 

AALDEF's Educational Equity Program provides legal assistance to K-12 public school students, parents, and teachers and does policy advocacy on such issues as English Language Learner (ELL) programming, language access, school discipline, racial profiling, anti-Asian harassment, affirmative action in higher education, and juvenile justice.


The Staff Attorney will work with other program staff on the following activities:

1. Develop and conduct policy advocacy and potential litigation on behalf of Asian American and immigrant students in K-12 public education and higher education; 


2. Conduct legal intakes and provide direct representation to students in such matters as school discipline, ELL programming, language access, anti-Asian harassment, and racial discrimination;   


3. Collaborate with Asian American community-based groups across the country on public education and youth-related issues, and participate in local and national education advocacy coalitions; 


4.  Develop youth rights community education trainings and outreach;


5.  Provide technical assistance to community-based organization staff.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • One to three years of experience in civil rights and public interest law;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, including experience and familiarity with Asian American communities and issues;
  • Strong interest in education policy and youth rights;
  • Detail-oriented, independent, and focused;
  • Strong organizational and communication skills;
  • Bar admission in New York or another state in the Northeast/ Mid-Atlantic Region;
  • Willingness to travel and attend meetings on evenings and weekends, as needed.


THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:

  • At least one year litigation experience; 
  • Experience in and familiarity with:
    • Education and/or youth law; 
    • Working directly with youth; 
    • Conducting policy advocacy;
    • Collaborating with community-based organizations; 
    • Ability to speak an Asian language.


TO APPLY: 

Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to:


Educational Equity Attorney Search

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, NY 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303

Email: info@aaldef.org (please put "Education Attorney" in the subject line)


DEADLINE: The position will be filled as soon as possible. Starting date: Fall 2014.


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COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Responsibilities:

-Write media releases, print and online newsletters, emails to media professionals, letters to the editor, op-eds, and other documents as needed. 

-Write fact sheets, backgrounders, and position papers on AALDEF campaigns.

-Work closely with the executive director and attorneys in crafting messages for press spokespeople. Recommend and develop new story angles and pitches for the media.

-Manage AALDEF's website and online communications, including social media posts, action alerts, and other vehicles to engage constituencies and key audiences.

-Develop and update media lists; monitor media coverage of AALDEF and Asian American issues.

Qualifications:

-2+ years of print/online journalism or communications experience in a nonprofit organization.

-Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills, with attention to details and a commitment to quality control.

-Demonstrated ability to operate in high-pressure situations with quick turnaround for written products.

-Strong understanding of civil rights issues and the Asian American community.

-Experience in managing websites. Knowledge of Movable Type, WordPress, and Photoshop preferred.

-Ability to translate legal concepts into accessible language for press materials. 

-Ability to develop story angles in a creative manner, seize media opportunities, identify media trends, and successfully pitch and place stories. 

-Self-starter, with ability to manage multiple tasks to meet deadlines.

Salary:

Commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits package, including health and dental benefits and TransitCheks for public transportation.

About the organization:

AALDEF does precedent-setting litigation, advocacy, and community education in the areas of economic justice for workers, immigrants' rights, anti-trafficking, educational equity, voting rights, and post-9/11 civil liberties issues.  Website: aaldef.org. Facebook: bit.ly/aaldef. Twitter: @aaldef

To Apply:

Candidates should submit a letter of interest (including a desired salary range, if any), resume, three unedited writing samples, and three references. The position will be filled as soon as possible. No phone calls. Please send to:

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12F
New York, NY 10013-2815
Attn: J. Weng
info@aaldef.org (please put "Communications job" in the subject line)



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