Houston, TX

Job Title: Court Observation Coordinator
Supervisor: Policy Manager

JOB DESCRIPTION


Since 2016, Tahirih has provided consultations and screenings to families in removal proceedings at the Houston Immigration Court on a weekly basis. Over the years, the project has morphed into what is now known as the “Immigration Help Desk” at the Court and is staffed by attorneys and advocates from four agencies serving a diverse population of individuals who are in removal proceedings. This work has allowed the Houston legal community to expand limited services in an innovative way but has also highlighted extreme disparity in treatment amongst the Immigration judges and the critical need to address the lack of due process. To address these complaints of bias and due process concerns, Tahirih launched a Court Watch Project which trains volunteers and ensures they are prepared to observe, record and track biased behaviors.

Tahirih is seeking a dynamic individual who is able to build upon the work of the Court Watch Project, and expand it in 2020. This individual will be responsible for recruiting and coordinating new volunteers to observe, assist in synthesizing data, and flag issues which might be ripe for advocacy with Houston’s Policy & Advocacy Manager. Additionally, the Coordinator will confer with outside stakeholders, such as community partners and academia to explore deepening the research by adding in interviews with respondents who have been before the Houston Immigration Courts.

The Coordinator would also become the point person for Tahirih within the cohort of local organizations staffing the “Immigration Help Desk”, ensuring the office is communicating regularly with the court assigned liaison to confirm logistics and to evaluate whether or not the experiences of individuals accessing the Help Desk are consistent with data provided by volunteers through Court Observations. The ultimate goal of the project is to increase transparency and accountability among local Immigration Judges and ensure impartiality, dignity and respectful treatment of all immigrants. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Regularly tracking and analyzing data from court observations.
  • Recruiting, supporting, and training volunteer observers in accordance with developed best practices.
  • Coordinating with a court assigned liaison to ensure scheduling of both weekly court screenings and court observations.
  • Collaborating with Deportation Defense Houston’s detained observation project to compare trends.
  • Identifying areas for improvement.
  • Serving as a thought partner and advisor to Houston’s Policy & Advocacy Manager, Managing Attorney, Executive Director and Deputy Director regarding proposed uses of gathered data.

 

DESIRED SKILLS
  • Spanish fluency a plus but not required

Houston, TX

Job Title: Court Observation Coordinator
Supervisor: Policy Manager

JOB DESCRIPTION


Since 2016, Tahirih has provided consultations and screenings to families in removal proceedings at the Houston Immigration Court on a weekly basis. Over the years, the project has morphed into what is now known as the “Immigration Help Desk” at the Court and is staffed by attorneys and advocates from four agencies serving a diverse population of individuals who are in removal proceedings. This work has allowed the Houston legal community to expand limited services in an innovative way but has also highlighted extreme disparity in treatment amongst the Immigration judges and the critical need to address the lack of due process. To address these complaints of bias and due process concerns, Tahirih launched a Court Watch Project which trains volunteers and ensures they are prepared to observe, record and track biased behaviors.

Tahirih is seeking a dynamic individual who is able to build upon the work of the Court Watch Project, and expand it in 2020. This individual will be responsible for recruiting and coordinating new volunteers to observe, assist in synthesizing data, and flag issues which might be ripe for advocacy with Houston’s Policy & Advocacy Manager. Additionally, the Coordinator will confer with outside stakeholders, such as community partners and academia to explore deepening the research by adding in interviews with respondents who have been before the Houston Immigration Courts.

The Coordinator would also become the point person for Tahirih within the cohort of local organizations staffing the “Immigration Help Desk”, ensuring the office is communicating regularly with the court assigned liaison to confirm logistics and to evaluate whether or not the experiences of individuals accessing the Help Desk are consistent with data provided by volunteers through Court Observations. The ultimate goal of the project is to increase transparency and accountability among local Immigration Judges and ensure impartiality, dignity and respectful treatment of all immigrants. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Regularly tracking and analyzing data from court observations.
  • Recruiting, supporting, and training volunteer observers in accordance with developed best practices.
  • Coordinating with a court assigned liaison to ensure scheduling of both weekly court screenings and court observations.
  • Collaborating with Deportation Defense Houston’s detained observation project to compare trends.
  • Identifying areas for improvement.
  • Serving as a thought partner and advisor to Houston’s Policy & Advocacy Manager, Managing Attorney, Executive Director and Deputy Director regarding proposed uses of gathered data.

 

DESIRED SKILLS
  • Spanish fluency a plus but not required