Program Associate - Detained Youth Empowerment Project (DYEP)

Los Angeles, CA


The Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef) is a next generation, social justice law firm that defends our immigrant communities against systematic injustices in our legal system. We provide legal representation and popular education classes to Southern California’s most marginalized immigrant communities. The leadership staff of Immigrant Defenders Law Center has been involved in providing pro bono legal services and education to immigrants and their families in Los Angeles for more than 15 years. Our website is

The Detained Youth Empowerment Project (DYEP) works directly with unaccompanied children and youth detained in Office of Refugee and Resettlement (ORR) shelters in the greater Los Angeles area. The majority of these minors have been recently apprehended by Border Patrol, and many have experienced serious trauma. The DYEP program coordinates legal services including Know-Your-Rights presentations, legal screenings, and nationwide legal referrals. The DYEP team is responsible for inputting, analyzing and reporting data using multiple data collection platforms.

This position is 40 hours/week.

Program Associate Responsibilities:

  • Provide weekly legal services for UCs placed in four local ORR shelters

  • Facilitate “Know-Your-Rights” (KYR) presentations to UCs, youth and teen parents using Popular Education and engaging techniques.

  • Conduct and document legal screenings to newly detained UCs.

  • Input, analyze and report data using internal data-tracking spreadsheets and web-based database.

  • Working collaboratively to coordinate initiating of representation and other legal services.

  • Other administrative and substantive task as assigned by DYEP Program Coordinator



  • Undergraduate degree, or 4+ years of relevant experience;

  • Meticulous attention to detail;

  • Advanced organizational skills;

  • Experience in managing high volumes of data;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, with an emphasis in Excel;

  • Spanish oral and written fluency required;

  • Experience with popular education pedagogy highly preferred;

  • Strong writing skills;

  • Experience working in a legal and/or non-profit start-up environment preferred;

  • Experience communicating and working with particularly vulnerable children, including pregnant and parenting teens, child victims of trauma, very young children, and children with developmental disabilities, preferred;

  • Ability to work independently a must;

  • Passion for social justice and commitment to immigrant community is REQUIRED.

  • DACA Recipients encouraged to apply!


Additional Requirements:

  1. Must have reliable transportation to travel locally around Southern California. Candidates must have access to a car, valid CA Drivers License and current auto insurance.

  2. Employment is dependent on background checks, including Livescan and Child Abuse and Neglect Index.

Location: This position is based in our Los Angeles office. The Program Associates will be required to travel to immigration detention facilities in Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties. Mileage is reimbursed.


Salary & Benefits


  • $17 - $22 per hour DOE

Holidays and Paid Time Off

  • 12 paid holidays including Indigenous Peoples’ Day

  • 1-Week paid winter break between Christmas and New Years

  • 15 vacation days per year

  • 12 Sick Days per year


Health, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • ImmDef offers a number of health plans that are 100% paid plans for staff starting on the 1st of the month following 30 days of employment.

  • Additionally, we pay 75% of the premiums for select plans for immediate family members, including registered domestic partners.


FSA and Dependent Care FSA

  • ImmDef offers FSA plans to help offset the costs of eligible health care expenses for you, your spouse, and your eligible dependents using pre-tax dollars

  • We also offer Dependent Care FSA to pay for eligible dependent care services, such as preschool, summer day camp, before or after school programs, and child or adult daycare.


401(k) Retirement Savings Plan

  • ImmDef staff are eligible to enroll in our 401(k) plans immediately upon hire, contributing pre-tax dollars towards their retirement goals

  • After six months on staff, ImmDef will match 100% of contributions up to 3%

  • Funds are vested immediately!


Public Service Loan Forgiveness

  • As a 501(c)3, qualified ImmDef staff are eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness


Email resume, cover letter and at least two references to In the subject line please write FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_PROGRAM ASSOCIATE APPLICATION. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

ImmDef believes in second chances. As an organization, we will rely on individualized assessments in the hiring of those with past criminal convictions. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for a position fighting for our immigrant communities!

Immigrant Defenders Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Find us:

634 S Spring St, 10th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Riverside, CA

(solo atendemos clientes con cita; by appointment only)

2121 North Tustin Ave.

Santa Ana, CA 92705

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Call us:

(213) 634-0999

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