August 29, 2022
August 29, 2022

Campaign Organizer

Status:
Part time, 10+ hours/week

Location:
Remote, with some travel (e.g., to detention centers, press conferences and local
actions). We encourage applications from across Florida; some priority will be given to
applicants in the vicinity of Jacksonville or Gainesville.

Application Deadline:
Until position is filled.
For consideration, please send your Cover Letter and Resume to:
bud@immigrantactionalliance.org

Background
Immigrant Action Alliance (IAA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides direct support to
our immigrant community, including hundreds of people detained at Broward Transitional Center
in Pompano Beach, Krome Service Processing Center in Miami, and Baker County Detention
Center in Macclenny. We have been leaders in the fight to shut down the Glades County
Detention Center in Moore Haven; currently, ICE has ceased detaining people there as of
March 2022.

Summary of Principal Responsibilities:
The Campaign Organizer will work closely with the Executive Director and the Monitoring Fellow
to monitor conditions at local detention centers, document abuses, support detained people and
their families, collaborate with formerly detained activists, and lead IAA’s efforts at the forefront
of the campaign to shut down the Baker County Detention Center in Macclenny, Florida.

Specific Responsibilities:
1. Regularly coordinate with detained people to monitor facility conditions.
2. Supervise and collaborate with the Monitoring Fellow, who has lived experience with
detention and who will monitor, document, and expose abuses and human rights
violations inside Baker County Detention Center, as well as develop strategies and
actions to support the movement to abolish detention.
3. Facilitate bi-weekly strategy meetings among 20+ coalition partners; conduct
background tasks to support success of these meetings (e.g., onboarding new coalition
members and researching and soliciting agenda items).
4. Collaborate with coalition members to persuasively and thoroughly document patterns of
abuse through reporting to oversight agencies.
5. Respond rapidly, strategically and innovatively to reports of abuse, human rights
violations and retaliation, in coordination with coalition members.
6. Administrate coalition listservs.
7. Serve on coalition working groups (flexible based on strengths and experience).
8. Speak to media to offer information and commentary; speak at and help organize press
conferences; connect detained and formerly detained people with press.
9. Work in solidarity with detained people, following their lead in how they want to be
supported–whether through research, public reporting, connection to legal or financial
resources, etc.
10. Occasionally lead or collaborate on individual release campaigns.
11. Conduct additional short-term projects to support the organization as needed.
12. Meet regularly with the executive team.

Required Qualifications:
1. Works collaboratively in multicultural contexts and in solidarity with detained people and
their families.
2. Communicates well, including solid writing, speaking, listening and facilitation skills.
3. Embodies IAA’s core values (see below).
4. Thinks strategically about both the success of the shut down campaign and the needs of
the coalition.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Speaks a foreign language (Spanish preferred) in addition to English.

Compensation: $25.00 per hour

Benefits and Perks: Paid time off; flexible schedule; remote work; motivated, passionate, and knowledgeable team; respect for non-
working hours. This position does not include health insurance at this time.

Immigrant Action Alliance is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified
persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender
identity, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Immigrant Action Alliance Core Values

1.) We are dedicated to abolishing immigration detention while supporting the organizing
and power-building initiatives of those of us who are most impacted.  We support
policies that advocate for improved conditions of confinement provided that they do not
conflict with our goal of ending the detention system in its entirety.
2.) We are a coalition of people who have directly suffered the injustices of immigration
detention and people in solidarity.  We are guided by the experiences and leadership of
those who are or have been on the inside. Forging meaningful person-to-person
connections is transformative and foundational to our movement.
3.) We know that the immigration detention system is built upon a long history of white
supremacy, capitalism, and imperialism. It intentionally functions to dispossess
marginalized communities and peoples of their homes and their histories.

4.) We understand that our service and advocacy efforts, including visitation, can never be
politically neutral. We reject any framework that is purely charitable and replicates
structural power inequalities at the interpersonal level.
5.) We recognize that the U.S. immigration detention system is the largest in the world and
that the U.S. government and prison-industrial complex have played an active role in the
development and infrastructure of detention systems in other countries.  By changing the
ways that immigrants are treated here, we are part of an international movement to
transform state and community responses to migration so that immigrants are no longer
caged but welcomed.

March 27, 2022

For Immediate Release

March 28th, 2022

Contact
Rebecca Talbot
Email rebecca@immigrantactionalliance.org

Immigrant Action Alliance Celebrates Pause on Detaining Immigrants at Glades County Detention Center, Vows to Fight for Full and Permanent Closure

Activists with Immigrant Action Alliance are celebrating Friday’s news that federal immigration authorities will stop detaining immigrants at the Glades County Detention Center due to “ongoing and persistent” complaints of inadequate medical care for detained people. ICE also announced on Friday that they would not extend their guaranteed minimum beds provision, and any future use of the detention center would be contingent upon the facility meeting minimum detention standards.

For the past year and a half, Rebecca Talbot of Immigrant Action Alliance has led a powerful coalition of directly impacted individuals, community and nationwide partner organizations in an effort to shut down Glades once and for all. Our powerful Shut Down Glades Coalition includes Freedom For Immigrants, Detention Watch Network, Americans for Immigrant Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Southern Poverty Law Center, American Friends Service Committee Florida, Doctors for Camp Closure, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Detention Kills, Black Lives Matter Palm Beach County, Community Hotline for Incarcerated People, United We Dream, Food Not Bombs Lake Worth, The Grey Tea Kettle Chaplaincy Community Care & Support, The Farm Worker Association of Florida, University of Miami School of Law Immigration Clinic, Human Rights Defense Center and QLatinx.

“These steps in the right direction come as a relief for all those who have been fighting long and hard to have this abysmal detention center shut down. But the job is not finished. The Biden administration must end the human rights abuses at Glades by committing to closing the facility fully and forever. It must also release those who have been transferred from Glades to other facilities, because of the immeasurable harm they have suffered at Glades.”

Our coalition fought for the closure of Glades on all fronts by constantly communicating with people detained inside Glades and elevating issues of abuse and neglect in the public eye. Over the past two years we fought to shut down Glades by organizing demonstrations outside of the detention center, in front of the Miami ICE Field Office, by attending Glades county commission meetings to speak out about poor conditions, by working alongside Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and other legislators, and by filing dozens of Civil Rights Complaints on behalf of individuals enduring abuse.

Erickson Martinez, who spent three years detained at Glades and has since been deported, was essential in the fight to shut down the facility plagued with human rights abuses. As part of the Shut Down Glades Coalition, Erickson texted with dozens of people imprisoned at Glades on a regular basis, offering support and invaluable information to the coalition based on his first-hand experiences facing abuse there.

“The prayer from men, women, families and children has been heard: Glades has closed its doors for immigration detainees. But until they bring those walls down, injustice and cover-ups by ICE and the Glades County Sheriff’s Office will continue. Glades is just one of many places they hold immigration detainees like prisoners, and abuse authority against resident detainees that have lived in America for 2-3 decades. I am glad Glades is closed, and I hope those doors never open again.”

As we celebrate Friday’s news, our Shut Down Glades Coalition remains vigilant and continues the fight to ensure Glades is closed – fully and forever. 

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