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Safe Passage Project
Operations Assistant


About Safe Passage Project

Safe Passage Project provides free lawyers to 800 child refugees who are being deported.

Many children embark alone on the long and dangerous journey to the United States seeking protection. They are fleeing trauma such as gang violence and recruitment, abuse, and sexual assault. In 2017, the federal government reported apprehending over 40,000 immigrant children seeking entry to the United States. Closer to home, the New York Immigration Court has more than 15,000 cases involving children on its docket.

The courts have decided that immigrants are not entitled to court-appointed legal counsel. As a result, more than half of immigrant children must go through immigration proceedings without the aid of a lawyer. Unable to effectively argue their claim for the legal protections they may qualify for, more than 80% of these children are issued deportation orders. To many, this means returning to the danger from which they fled.

This is where Safe Passage Project steps in, providing free legal assistance to these refugee and immigrant children in the NYC-area who are facing deportation despite their strong legal claim to stay in the United States.

Check out recent press on our work in The New Yorker and Glamour.


About the role – Operations Assistant

We’re looking for an Operations Assistant to join as the calm center to a lot of moving pieces within our fast-paced team. You will ambitiously take on this critical role specifically supporting Deputy Executive Director, Desireé Hernández, but will also work across the organization, especially with the Legal Department. Working closely with the Deputy ED, you will actively plan and execute initiatives to help build strong systems to increase our efficiency and effectiveness.

You will be the grease that keeps the wheels turning, ensuring there are no loose ends, no pieces falling through the cracks, and no improvements left unmade. You will continuously take on new projects as you master responsibilities. To be candid, this is demanding work, but if you’re up to the challenge, then you will grow in ways that you couldn’t have imagined at this point in your young career.

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Please complete the following very simple application. Priority will be given to those applications submitted by Thursday, September 13th at 9am EST; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon! Candidates that meet the minimum experience will be invited to complete a set of short answer questions.

The overall hiring process will look to follow this anticipated timeline:

If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to email abe.taleb@rework.jobs

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