Migrant Children and Families Advocacy Officer

Baltimore, Maryland
Apr 25, 2018
May 30, 2018
Nonprofit, Other
Full Time

Migrant Children and Families Advocacy Officer


Protecting, Embracing and Empowering | Service and justice | Advocating for migrants and refugees

If you are passionate about transforming communities for migrants and refugees with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), is seeking a Migrant Children & Families Advocacy Officer who will work as part of a fast-paced advocacy team by helping LIRS to advance its public policy and regulatory efforts in support of migrant children and asylum-seekers impacted by US Government immigration policy.


  •  Expanding the reach of LIRS’s mission by engaging in legal, policy and political advocacy to hold the US Government accountable for harmful policies impacting migrant children and their families, and strategizing on tactics that will promote and ensure family unification.
  •  Conducting research, as assigned, on a variety of legal and policy issues pertaining to civil and human rights violations impacting migrant children and their families.
  •  Engaging in non-litigation advocacy, including preparing and following up on FOIA requests, affidavits, advocacy materials, and educational campaigns.
  •  Working closely with and providing political landscape, policy and legal analysis to coalition partners and other relevant stakeholders in support of LIRS’s public policy agenda and programs.
  •  Collaborating and supporting the work of other LIRS functions.
  •  Building and deepening relationships with partners, coalitions, and stakeholders.
  •  Serving as a registered federal lobbyist on behalf of LIRS.
  •  Responding to third-party inquiries and referrals related to his or her portfolio.


  •  A master’s degree, law degree, or equivalent in a related field such as international relations, public policy, and/or social work, in combination with 4-6 years of relevant work experience.
  •  Hill experience preferred.
  •  Expertise on children rights, immigration, appropriations, civil rights, homeland security, and/or other relevant issues strongly preferred.
  •  Ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding research, and to forecast legislative and regulatory trends.
  •  Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  •  A high degree of familiarity with the Central American region, including the political landscape, migration patterns, and US- Central America relations.
  •  Familiarity with child welfare principles and practice, as well as with immigration laws relevant to child migrants, and asylum law, policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Understanding of social services delivery by the nonprofit sector.
  •  Proven ability to maintain strict standards of confidentiality.
  •  Ability to work both independently and within a team.
  •  Experience with and commitment to working in a very diverse workforce.
  •  Deep commitment to LIRS’s core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationship with colleagues, and partners.
  •  Willingness and ability to travel 5-10% annually.

Organization Summary:

Headquartered in Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor, with offices in Washington, DC, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with a 77-year history, a budget of approximately $70 million per year, and over 100 headquarters staff.

LIRS is widely-recognized for its expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants living within the borders of the United States. Working with and through partners across the country, LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and pursues humanitarian alternatives to the immigration detention system.

Application Instructions:

To be considered, please apply online and submit a resume and cover letter by close of business Friday, May 4, 2018 via http://lirs.iapplicants.com/ViewJob-767799.html. For more information about LIRS, please visit www.lirs.org.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service provides equal employment opportunities to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.


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