The Sunita Jain Anti-Trafficking Policy Initiative (Sunita Jain Initiative) at LMU Loyola Law School (LLS) is a collaboration of the Loyola Social Justice Law Clinic (LSJLC) and the LLS Anti- Racism Center (LARC). The Sunita Jain Initiative builds upon LSJLC's legacy of system transformation through on the ground best practices representation of trafficking survivors, and connects this clinical work to LARC's research and policy innovation, focused on anti-racism, equity and inclusion in the law. The Sunita Jain Initiative will guide the next generation of survivor advocates, to enact anti-trafficking law and policy at the local, state, and national levels that grapples with the root causes of human trafficking such as the systemic subordination of poor communities of color, further marginalized by the intersections of gender, gender identity, sexuality, disability, national origin, religion, and/or immigration status. This first of its kind initiative, housed within LLS whose mission is dedicated to the delivery of educational excellence with a deep concern for social justice, aims to overcome the myriad injustices that subvert trafficking survivors' access to self-determination and empowerment.
The Sunita Jain Initiative seeks A State Policy Director. The Sunita Jain Policy Directors and Policy Associate will collaborate with LLS faculty, staff and students, to develop anti-trafficking local, state and national policy strategies, that promote survivor-informed and evidence-based public health and community-based alternatives to the dominant carceral approach human trafficking which often retraumatizes survivors, especially survivors with their own criminality. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Strategic planning, leadership and involvement in anti-trafficking and related coalition work on criminal and immigration system change, racial and gender justice, workers' rights, immigrants' rights, LGTBQI+ rights, disability rights, homelessness advocacy, and youth justice.
Cultivate and sustain partnerships with community groups, grassroots advocacy campaigns and lawmakers.
Facilitate continuous dialogue with survivors, activists, service providers and thought leaders to capture data and research that informs their drafting legislative proposals and bills, agency comments and guidance, and strategic litigation.
Teach and supervise law students enrolled in courses and practicum associated with the Sunita Jain Initiative on legislative lawyering skills in the anti-trafficking context.
Collaborate with and receive support from the Sunita Jain Initiative faculty leadership, Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion, Prof. Kathleen Kim and RISE Clinic Director, Prof. Stephanie Richard.
The Sunita Jain Policy Director positions are full-time exempt for a term of 24 months, subject to renewal based on the availability of continued funding.
JD with active membership in a state bar and/or graduate degree in public policy or related field (those with other experience will also be considered)
Demonstrated abilities and commitment to creating program infrastructure, budgeting, and accountability mechanisms.
Demonstrated ability for long-term strategic planning to create systemic impact
At least five years' experience working within the anti-trafficking movement including direct work with trafficking survivors and/or litigation experience.
Commitment to and experience in serving the needs of vulnerable populations.
Commitment to social justice, anti-racism, equity and inclusion.
Knowledge of and ability to critically examine the structural impediments to access to justice for trafficking survivors due to intersectional subordinating factors and the operation of punitive law enforcement regimes in the human trafficking context.
In-depth understanding of California state legislative processes and experience enacting policy reforms and/or appropriations including research and drafting of statutory language, regulatory comments and agency guidance.
Track record in maintaining partnerships with legislators and agencies.
Experience working with local, state and/or national policy coalitions.
Experience with movement building and/or community organizing.
Commitment to and proven track record in supporting survivor leadership and engagement with diverse partners including community-based organizations, grassroots advocacy campaigns, pro bono attorneys, and government agencies to implement policy priorities.
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to devise and execute communications strategies to advance policy initiatives including the delivery of written and oral presentations to diverse audiences and use of technology and social media platforms.
Innovative self-starter who excels both in team collaborations and independently and can nimbly adapt to shifting priorities.
Demonstrated ability to teach and supervise law students engaged in policy work.
State Policy Director must be based in Los Angeles, CA or be able to travel regularly to LLS in Los Angeles, CA for in-person team-work with faculty, staff and students.
Salary and Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. LLS offers competitive benefits packages.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
As part of Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit, Carnegie-classified R2 institution, LLS seeks outstanding applicants who share its commitment to inclusive excellence and the promotion of justice. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment as defined by federal, state and local law. We welcome and invite all persons of diverse and intersectional identities, life experiences, and beliefs to apply.
COVID Vaccination Requirement
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Founded in 1911, LMU is a premier Catholic university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. Our enrollment includes 5,962 undergraduate, 2,129 graduate and 1,278 law school students. Our 142-acre bluff-top campus is located in West Los Angeles and is among the nation's most beautiful and green campuses.