The Center for Democracy of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks a full-time Human Rights Researcher for a two-year period, with the possibility of renewal for an additional period.
The ACLU Center for Democracy works to strengthen democratic institutions and values, including the values of government transparency and accountability, and to reinforce the United States’ commitment to human rights and the rule of law. The Center for Democracy houses the ACLU’s Human Rights Program, which works to ensure that the U.S. government complies with universal human rights principles in addition to the U.S. Constitution. The Program uses human rights strategies to complement existing ACLU legal and legislative advocacy primarily in the areas of immigrants’ rights, national security, women’s rights, prisoners’ rights, criminal law reform and racial justice. It conducts human rights documentation and related advocacy to combat human rights violations in the U.S., and it engages in advocacy and litigation before U.S. courts and international bodies, including the United Nations and regional human rights bodies (such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights).
The Human Rights Researcher will be an integral member of the ACLU’s Human Rights Program, which currently includes a director, two senior human rights lawyers, one human rights researcher, and two legal assistants. The Researcher will have
primary responsibility for developing, researching, writing, and implementing human rights fact-finding reports. The Human Rights Researcher will work generally on human rights documentation and related advocacy, but will spend half of his or her time focusing on human rights abuses experienced by migrant and immigrant communities in the United States, including the impact
of both restrictive and pro-integration immigration laws and policies on those communities. The Researcher will be expected to work with affected communities, service providers, legal services organizations and other advocates to identify issues that should be priorities for ACLU fact-finding and advocacy. The Researcher will also work closely with the ACLU’s legal, legislative, advocacy, communications and state affiliate staff to develop domestic and international advocacy strategies to implement the recommendations set out in fact-finding reports.
The Human Rights Researcher is a non-litigating attorney position for a lawyer with exceptional strategic thinking, analytical, interviewing, writing, and advocacy skills. The position is for a two-year period, with the possibility of renewal for an additional period.
For additional information regarding qualifications, responsibilities and how to apply, please visit Job Posting #11354 on Symplicity.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.