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Boston, MA or Washington, D.C.
Job Title: Legal Associate – Migrant Rights
Supervisor: Private Sector Advocacy Manager
Five Oxfam country offices – El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the U.S. – are joining forces to tackle the ongoing migration crisis that has seen many Central American migrants suffer human rights abuses during their journey north. The Legal Fellow will collaborate with these Oxfam offices to create inventive legal strategies to confront this humanitarian emergency. This may include scoping out a variety of legal approaches to address different aspects of the crisis, including:
- Evaluating venues for legal recourse
- Can migrants file claims against the Mexican government for failing to protect them? Which jurisdiction(s) offer the most effective means of redress? Would claims most effectively be filed against the federal, state, or local authorities?
- Can migrants file claims in other jurisdictions, including the U.S. or international venues?
- Capacity-building and training
- How can Mexican civil society groups assist migrants to remain safe and access justice during their journey north? How can Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Honduran civil society groups disseminate training to local communities that are likely to migrate to the U.S. protect themselves?
- Strong research and writing skills
- Strong critical thinking skills
- Ability to work independently
- Creative, solution-oriented thinking
- Background in, or passion for, promoting migrant rights, human rights, and other related issues.
- Knowledge of Spanish a plus, but not required
- Knowledge of immigrant rights, Latin America, and international affairs a plus, but not required
Job Title: Legal Associate – Digital Rights
Supervisor: Senior Manager, ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) Program
A movement is underway around the topic of “human rights in a digital age”. Oxfam has been invited to join initiatives such as The Contract for the Web, but currently lacks the policy framework to allowing them to join, the capacity to participate or comment on the progress or adequately represent the interests of Oxfam’s constituents in the negotiations.
As a result of the Contract for the Web process, there will be derivative and related initiatives. The purpose of this proposed project would be to help define/refine Oxfam’s policies so that they are relevant to the digital age, and create new policies in response to the rapidly shifting governance framework that relates to data, access, privacy, openness of and access to technology. In addition, the Associate will help define the “digital rights context analysis template” which would help Oxfam to analyze and define their position on the tech/digital access policies of the countries in which they operate.
- Strong research abilities
- Strong communications skills – both written and oral
- Strong critical thinking skills, with a creative and solutionoriented approach
- Ability to work independently, but also to understand the need to consult and inform a wide and diverse network of stakeholders
- Background in, or passion for, promoting human rights, and other related issues
- Background in, or passion for, technology and in particular understanding the positive and negative impacts of its growing ubiquity and the differentiated capacity to benefit from its usage