We are hiring a Social Media Intern!



UnLocal, a non-profit organization that provides free immigration legal services and education to the undocumented immigrant community. We are looking to hire a Social Media Intern who will can take charge of developing a Social Media plan, implementing it to widen our reach and influence as well as cultivate our public image during this vital time in history for immigrants and their families.

To succeed in the role, the candidate must be self-motivated, creative, ambitious, organized, and have strong time management skills and a sense of urgency for critical deadlines. We are looking for a candidate who has the ability to work independently and as a member of our team. We strive to provide a collaborative environment where each member of the team is encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning, execution and culture.


Job Type: Internship



  • Have an interest or experience in immigration-related work. Must be informed on current events and topics related to immigration
  • Experienced in using Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram
  • Excellent writing skills in English and Spanish
  • Interested in expanding knowledge and use of social media in marketing
  • Committed to growing our social media following to aid in our organization’s success



  • Pitch ideas and create native content for Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat.
  • Pull and analyze reports on campaign and channel performance.
  • Structure and run A/B tests.
  • Attend monthly sporadic evening and weekend events


Interns will receive a small monthly stipend.


Application Due Date: February 1st, 2017


If you’re interested, please send a resume, cover letter, and sample piece of writing with the subject line: Internship Application 2017 —  to Tania Mattos at

Presentation on Advance Parole for DACA Recipients

If you are interested in learning more about how to qualify for Advance parole as a DACA recipient, please watch our presentation. Remember,  this presentation does not replace individual legal advice that you should get in submitting an application for Advance Parole, but it might help you gather some preliminary information.

Click on link below to watch presentation!

Advance Parole Presentation




The UnLocal Team

Discrimination for Undocumented Drivers in Arizona and Nebraska

While states like New Mexico, Washington,Illinois, Oregon, Maryland, Vermont, Connecticut, Nevada and Colorado are already granting driver licenses to undocumented drivers, other states such as Arizona and Nebraska are taking steps in the opposite direction, making undocumented drivers ineligible. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, among others, are suing both states for discrimination.

Please Support UnLocal in Continuing Our Work!

UnLocal has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for 2015. Our goals are simple: We want to double the number of staff lawyers, build new and foster exciting relationships with community-based partners and continue our pilot projects, including a new collaborative initiative in Long Island. Please donate to #IamUnlocal for your end of year giving. See our indiegogo campaign here !

The Federal Prison Population is Growing With Immigrants

The federal prison system added nearly 1,500 prisoners last year. Behind this growth is a sharp rise in criminal prosecutions of immigrant border-crossers over the past decade. Before the 2005 implementation of Operation Streamline, immigrants were typically processed through the civil immigration system. Now they are funneled, often en masse, into the criminal justice system. In fact, for the past four years, more people have been convicted of immigration offenses than any other type of federal offense.Taxpayers are on the hook for the bill. My organization estimated in a report last fall that the federal government now commits over $1.02 billion per year toward the criminal incarceration of migrants for immigration offenses.

What Can Be Done Right Now

In the absence of reform, the Obama Administration still has the power to stop deportations and take a more humane approach in enforcing immigration laws. The  vague and quite simply, unjust immigration laws as they currently stand have created a vicious incentive to detain and deport, wasting crucial resources that separate and punish families. We can push Obama to act on his calls for Immigration Reform by demanding the end to deportation right now.

Who Profits from the Immigration Bed Mandate?

An important post last week on The Hill’s Congress Blog analyzing the infamous immigration bed “mandate” and its costs. “The bed ‘mandate’ requires that each night a minimum number of people have to be detained in the system – at least that’s how some members of Congress interpret DHS appropriations language. Mandating what is effectively a quota of beds flies in the face of American values and best practices in the criminal justice system, and precludes a meaningful individualized assessment of the need to detain.”

Newark Police Department first in NJ to refuse detaining undocumented immigrant of minor crimes

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency enacted the “Secure Communities” program in 2011, which allows ICE to ask local police departments to detain suspects for up to 48 hours if their immigration status is called into question. It has been a controversial program, which many believe the ICE has misused to start deportation proceedings for small scale minor offenses.  Newark Police Department has opted out of detaining people accused of minor crimes who are suspected of being undocumented – the first in the state of New Jersey. The decision was made in collaboration with the city, ACLU, and immigrant activist groups.  “With this policy in place, Newark residents will not have to fear that something like a wrongful arrest for a minor offense will lead to deportation,” said Ofer, executive director of the ACLU New Jersey chapter. “It ensures that if you’re a victim of a crime, or have witnessed a crime, you can contact the police without having to fear deportation.”