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Coordinator, Center on Immigration and Justice(CIJ) - NY,LA, DC or Remote

About Vera and the Center on Immigration and Justice

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for all. Vera strives to secure equal justice, end mass incarceration, and strengthen families and communities.


Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice believes in the principle of zealous, universal representation: that all people, no matter their circumstances or past, when faced with detention and deportation – and the potential loss of family, freedom, and even life – must have an independent, effective, and zealous lawyer fighting for them at every step of the way.


The Vera Institute of Justice seeks a Coordinator who will report to the Operations Manger, and who, in collaboration with the CIJ Administrative Manager, and Program Director, will handle the administrative work of the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians (LOPC) and the Immigration Court Helpdesk (ICH). The Center on Immigration and Justice employs a diverse, interdisciplinary staff who work collaboratively across projects.


About our Programs:


The Legal Orientation Program for Custodians


The LOPC is a legal education program for the custodians of unaccompanied children in immigration court proceedings, who are, or once were, in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The LOPC educates custodians on their role and responsibilities, on the immigration court process, and on the importance of the child attending immigration court proceedings. Vera staff work with federal government partners at the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and nonprofit legal service agencies to provide legal orientations to custodians for unaccompanied children in 15 cities and nationwide through two national call centers.



The Legal Orientation Program

The LOP was created to inform detained immigrants about their rights, and the immigration court and detention processes. Vera staff work with federal government partners at EOIR and 18 nonprofit legal service agencies to provide detained people at 46 facilities nationwide with information about forms of relief from removal, how to represent themselves in immigration court, and how to get legal representation.

The Immigration Court Helpdesk

The ICH is a program that serves non-detained respondents who are scheduled for Master Calendar hearings at five EOIR Immigration Courts currently and is expected to federalize in the summer of 2021. The goal of ICH is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of immigration court proceedings by informing non-detained respondents appearing before the court about court practices and procedures, available legal options, and other relevant topics.


  • Process and track invoices and expenses relating to more than 40 subcontracts;
  • Coordinate staff and consultant travel and reimbursements;
  • Maintain electronic files for LOP, LOPC, and ICH;
  • Assist on other projects as requested.



  • At least one, and preferably three or more, years’ relevant office administrative experience;
  • Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills; 
  • Strong PC-based word processing and Excel skills; 
  • Ability to work effectively with, and without, close supervision;
  • Solid organizational skills and the ability to manage work on multiple projects efficiently;
  • An uncompromising commitment to immigrant justice and racial equity.

Ideal candidates will possess one or more of these additional qualifications:

  • Lived or affiliated experience with the immigration and/or criminal justice systems is a strong plus.
  • Knowledge of the immigration court and detention systems
  • Additional education or work experience in an administrative, managerial, accounting / finance, or related fields.



Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.


How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should outline the minimum and additional qualifications possessed by the candidate and address how the candidate will use those qualifications to excel at the position’s responsibilities.


Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Online submission of materials in PDF format is preferred.


If necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / CIJ Program Associate II Recruitment

Vera Institute of Justice

34 35th Street, Suite 4-2A,

Brooklyn, NY 11232

Fax: (212) 941-9407

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