Staff Attorney, Racial Justice Program (RJP-14), NY
Title: Staff Attorney
Office: National Offices
Location: New York, NY
Posted: June 21 2019
ABOUT THE JOB
The Racial Justice Program (RJP) of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation seeks applicants for a full-time Staff Attorney position at its headquarters in New York, NY. This position will focus on building litigation to combat the criminalization of poor and low-income people of color through court fines and fees.
RJP is part of the ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality, which works to combat racial discrimination; to ensure that our criminal justice system is effective, fair, and free of racial bias; to advocate for humane and constitutional conditions of confinement; and to abolish the death penalty as a legitimate form of punishment. The Trone Center for Justice and Equality also includes the Criminal Law Reform Project, Capital Punishment Project, and the National Prison Project.
RJP is dedicated to the advancement of a country in which people of color have full access to the benefits of American society and live with dignity, opportunity, and freedom from discrimination. Through litigation in federal and state courts, advocacy, grassroots mobilization, and public education, RJP fights white supremacy and racial bias and seeks to dismantle barriers to equality for people of color in education, housing, the economy, and the criminal legal system. RJP challenges the school-to-prison pipeline, attacks on educational diversity and inclusion programs, discrimination in housing and lending, racial profiling, practices that criminalize poor and low-income people of color, and the violation of the rights of Native Americans.
The Staff Attorney will be a core member of a collaborative, dedicated team working to advance RJP’s campaign against the criminalization of poor and low-income people of color. RJP uses litigation in federal and state courts, advocacy with legislatures and court leaders, and public education to challenge policies and practices that criminalize poor people of color who cannot afford to pay monetary penalties imposed by courts, including debtors’ prisons, for-profit probation abuses, and wealth-based driver’s license suspensions. RJP has advanced systemic reforms against such practices in Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington. RJP has also secured national standards and guidelines guarding against the disproportionate punishment of poor and low-income people who cannot pay court fines and fees. The Staff Attorney will work with RJP staff to develop new and innovative litigation and advocacy to advance RJP’s campaign against court fines and fee practices that criminalize poor and low-income people of color.
Primary job responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
ABOUT THE ACLU
For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
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