Fields: law, outreach, childhood, paralegal, education
Location: Miami Florida
Details and Requirements: The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a leader in the fight against hate and bigotry in the United States. SPLC seeks an outreach paralegal for its Children’s Rights team in Florida. The Florida Children’s Rights team is committed to ensuring that all schools in the state have the resources necessary to educate all children, no matter the child’s race, sex, national origin, religion, disability status, or poverty status. This may include, but is not limited to: addressing disproportionality and discrimination in school discipline, referrals to alternative school, expulsion, and school-based arrest; curbing seclusion and restraint; pushing back against school-imposed fines and citations; addressing a variety of equity issues (school funding, deregulation, privatization, vouchers, segregation/re-segregation); and improving children’s access to Medicaid and other vital health services. The advocate will perform extensive outreach to current and prospective clients and community organizations and assist with mobilization, field investigation, and advocacy. The advocate will also assist the Center’s attorneys with case management and support, conduct research, and organize information. Outreach and organizing will involve substantial overnight travel. Qualifications: College degree or relevant work experience; Experience working with and for socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, including at-risk youth, children with disabilities, and individuals involved in the juvenile justice systems; Experience with community organizing, mobilizing, or outreach; Fluency in Spanish or Creole preferred but not required.