Job Posting: AALDEF Anti-Trafficking Community Organizer

Editor’s Note: The below is from our friends at the AALDEF in NYC.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Community Organizer, Anti-Trafficking Initiative

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a 38-year old New York-based national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy and community education. AALDEF has a 21-person staff and is supported by foundation and corporate grants, individual contributions, and special events. For more information about AALDEF and its activities, visit our website at http://www.aaldef.org.

AALDEF’s Anti-Trafficking Initiative provides legal assistance to trafficked Asian women and girls by giving immigration assistance, engaging in criminal justice advocacy, and filing civil actions pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

The Community Organizer will be involved in the following activities:

  1. Work with attorneys to enforce the rights of human trafficking survivors, and coordinate with case managers to secure a broad range of services;
  2. Develop and conduct community education trainings for workers’ organizations and groups, present at panel discussions and conferences;
  3. Interpret for intakes and client representation, and proofread translations.
  4. Participate in local and national anti-trafficking networks, and organize briefings on proposed federal, state, and local policies affecting trafficked persons;


  • Detail-oriented, independent, and focused.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Experience in community organizing or policy advocacy.
  • Knowledge of human trafficking, labor and employment rights, and human rights issues.
  • Familiarity with Asian American community issues preferred.
  • Ability to speak an Asian language.
  • Ability to travel and work on evenings and weekends.

Send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to:

Community Organizer Search
99 Hudson St Fl 12
New York, NY 10013-2815
fax: 212-966-4303
Email: (put “Anti-Trafficking Initiative” in the subject line)

DEADLINE: August 31, 2012. Applications will be read on a continuing basis and the position will be filled as soon as possible.

For more information, contact Ivy O. Suriyopas at 212-966-5932 or .

–AALDEF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer–

DCCC Field Organizer Training

Editor’s Note: The below is a reposting of Field Organizer Training from our friends at the DCCC. It stands for Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and not to be confused with the similar DNCC, Democratic National Committee Convention. That said, look for our upcoming coverage here of the DNCC!

Want to help turn the House blue? Interested in working on a campaign? Sign up for a DNCC Field Organizer Training!

2012 is here, and the time to win back the majority has arrived. We need to make sure that we turn the House blue so we can pass legislation that matters to middle class Americans. Building strong field programs in districts across the country is crucial in 2012. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is searching for top level Field Organizers to help in our efforts to win our most competitive congressional campaigns.

We will be hosting Field Organizer Trainings in all regions of the country throughout the month of May. This training is for applicants who are interested in gaining the skills to organize communities for Democrats in Congressional Districts around the county. If you are interested in participating, you must complete the application at http://dccc.org/field-organizer-training by Saturday, May 5th. Sign up now and help us win in 2012.

The training will cover:

Organizing Best Practices
Working with other departments on a campaign
Volunteer Management
Training on the VAN and other Field software

Field Organizers on a congressional campaign are the most important element of a successful field program. They are the prime point of contact between a campaign and prospective voters. Organizers are responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers, voter contact, and overall execution of the field program in a defined area. In addition, field organizers are responsible for recording results, cutting turf, and training volunteers on the field program. They are responsible for
coaching and motivating volunteers, who are the engine of the field program. Field Organizers must have strong leadership skills plus the ability and desire to work with people. Most importantly, they have to have the desire to win and do whatever it takes!

Please remember to complete your application at http://dccc.org/field-organizer-training by Saturday, May 5th for consideration. We will let applications know if we have a space by Sunday, May 6th. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.

Is Tech Racist?

The below came to our attention from multiple avenues:
Tech is Racist

An analysis of the infographic reveals the usual problem of statistics being (ab)used out of context to fit an argument. As always, we post this to promote thought & discussion, not to advance a particular firm rule or ideology. All responsible comments welcome.

SAALT: Hiring New Policy Director

The below is a re-posting of Policy Director. For more positions at SSALT, see here.

SAALT is Hiring!

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Policy Director

Priority Deadline:  April 30, 2012
(Applications will be considered and interviews conducted on a rolling basis) 


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SAALT is pleased to invite applicants for the position of Policy Director.  Our current Policy Director, Priya Murthy, who has been with the organization for six years, will be relocating to San Francisco this summer and continue to support SAALT’s policy work as a Strategic Policy Advisor. The incoming Policy Director will work closely with the entire SAALT team to advocate for policies that will improve the lives of South Asians in the United States. Please forward this announcement to all interested applicants. 

Position Title: Policy Director

Job Status: Full-time position with benefits (including health, dental, vision, and transportation stipend)

Date of Posting: March 26, 2012

Location: Takoma Park, MD

Reports To: Executive Director

Last Date to Apply: April 30, 2012 (Applications will be considered and interviews conducted on a rolling basis)

Start Date: June 1, 2012


SAALT seeks an experienced policy professional with a background in immigrant or civil rights to serve as a full-time Policy Director as part of our team.

The Policy Director will develop, direct, and implement the organization’s legislative, administrative, and public policy activities. The Policy Director will report to SAALT’s Executive Director and work closely with programmatic and communications staff as well as local consultants. For more information on SAALT’s policy priorities, we encourage interested applicants to review SAALT’s three-year strategic plan and policy reports, available at www.saalt.org.

Primary Duties Include:

  • Tracking and analyzing relevant federal and state legislation and administrative policy, particularly related to immigration and civil rights
  • Developing and maintaining a broad network of contacts with key federal policymakers and staff (including at the White House, Congress, federal government agencies)
  • Developing organizational and coalition statements, Congressional testimony, and letters to policymakers to support SAALT’s policy goals
  • Organizing Congressional briefings and panel discussions on policy-related issues
  • Developing, researching, and writing policy-related reports, community education factsheets, newsletters, webinars, and action alerts
  • Developing and organizing policy-related programming for SAALT’s biannual South Asian Summit conference, including SAALT’s Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill and with federal government agencies
  • Working closely with programmatic staff to promote community mobilization around organization’s policy efforts
  • Integrating policy work into complementary social change strategies in a creative manner
  • Identifying and coordinating opportunities for National Coalition of South Asian Organizations members’ involvement in policy-related activities both nationally and at the state level
  • Organizing conference calls and webinars among National Coalition of South Asian Organization members and to discuss policy issues
  • Training National Coalition of South Asian Organizations and community members policy advocacy events lobbying events
  • Responding to requests from individual community members seeking assistance and requests for information
  • Engaging in coalition building and helps find opportunities to form alliances that help advance the mission of the organization
  • Speaking at conferences, briefings and meetings as well as with the media about policy issues
  • Coordinating and supervising consultants, including those located remotely
  • Being prepared to travel within the United States
  • Performing other duties, as assigned

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Law or public policy degree (J.D. or M.P.P.) required
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of policy advocacy, legislative, or government affairs experience required; background in immigration and/or civil rights policy strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of federal legislative and regulatory processes
  • Understanding of and experience using online advocacy tools
  • Skilled in working within coalitions and representing organizational interests
  • Experience working with a base of individuals and organizations to which one is accountable
  • Ability to think strategically while also ensuring successful implementation in fast-paced non-profit environment
  • Excellent writing, analytic, and verbal/presentation skills with the ability to summarize information and connect with a variety of audiences
  • Successful track record of articulating, evaluating, measuring, and reporting goals and successes/areas of improvement
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and handle and prioritize multiple tasks/roles
  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and in a collaborative team-based environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a rapid-paced setting, have a flexible approach to policy work, and quickly adapt and pivot to changing needs
  • Exceptional email management skills and ability to thrive in a high-volume email office
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and ability to quickly learn other basic programs
  • Commitment to and passion for social justice issues and to a career in the non-profit sector
  • Understanding of and commitment to advancing and enhancing SAALT’s mission
  • Commitment to a work environment where creativity and diversity are celebrated

A successful candidate will demonstrate a background in all required qualifications and present a balance of enthusiasm and dedication to social justice work with professional experience and skills in policy advocacy.


SAALT will provide compensation for this position, commensurate with experience. Health, dental, vision, and transportation stipend benefits will also be provided.

How to Apply:

Please e-mail your cover letter detailing your policy experience, resume, and an unedited policy-related writing sample (maximum 5 pages) to info@saalt.org and indicate “Policy Director” in the subject line. We are accepting applications and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis, and will give priority consideration to applications received by April 30, 2012. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.

SAALT is an equal opportunity employer.


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