DYEP Program Associate

Riverside, CA

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.



  • 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!


$15 - $17 per hour, commensurate with experience + generous benefits package, including health, dental, sick and vacation time, 11 paid holidays/year, and our office is closed between 12/25 and 1/2. 


Application Instructions:

Email resume, cover letter and at least two references to Jonathan Barrales, Program Coordinator for DYEP, at jobs@immdef.org. In the subject line please write FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_PROGRAM ASSOCIATE APPLICATION.


Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.  



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