Employment Opportunities

Intern for Mira Loma Women’s Jail Project

The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law is seeking one or more intern(s) for 10 or more hours a week to provide investigative, research, writing, analysis and administrative support to its staff attorneys engaged in efforts to improve life outcomes for incarcerated women and their families.

The work will focus on County planning efforts to establish a new women’s jail facility at the Mira Loma Detention Center, scheduled to open in several years. The Center’s goal is to ensure the move is used as an opportunity to transform the women’s jail into a system that is trauma-informed, responsive to the unique needs and characteristics of women inmates, and designed to reduce women’s recidivism.

The Center is focused on advocating for programs, services and policies that 1) empower women inmates to end cycles of domestic violence that may lead to recidivism; 2) promote preservation of family relationships, including but not limited to transportation solutions to address the remote location of the new facility and creation of visitation programs in child-friendly settings; and 3) promote successful community reentry, including but not limited to basic education and job training. The Center is also expanding its Mother’s Behind Bar classes taught in the women’s jail to community settings. Project interns will continue work started during the summer of 2018.

Interns will conduct interviews and meetings with public and nonprofit personnel, help coordinate with interested groups, research evidence-based programs, gather input from formerly incarcerated women, and help modify the Center’s legal education program for community settings.

Recommended qualifications:

Experience working with incarcerated or formerly incarcerated women highly preferred. Experience meeting with a variety of stakeholders, including law enforcement, court officers, county department personnel, elected officials, and non-government organizations. This is a great interdisciplinary project for individuals interested in law, public policy, social work, public health and social justice. Experience in program development, implementation, and/or evaluation a plus.

To be considered for this position the applicant must exhibit prior work, volunteer or paid, utilizing investigative skills and analysis, preferably in an area of systemic reform. This individual must show evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills to relate to a wide range of individuals, be versatile in approach to problem-solving and be able to work creatively hampered only by limited resources.

To apply contact Taryn May, Volunteer Coordinator, Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, volunteer@hbcfl.org . Please provide a current resume.  School credit or fellowships will be considered.


Client Assistant

The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law seeks a Client Assistant who is hardworking, detail oriented, able to handle multiple tasks, has strong communication skills (both in English and in Spanish) and is able to work with a diverse group of people.

The Client Assistant will work closely with the Center’s clients and engage in a wide range of job functions related to screening prospective clients and maintaining the Center’s family law case files. The Client Assistant will regularly answer and screen prospective clients during New Client Phones. If appropriate the Client Assistant will schedule the prospective client with an appointment. When the prospective client comes for their first appointment the Client Assistant will be responsible for completing an intake and verifying that the prospective client meets the Center’s eligibility guidelines. In addition this position will provide assistance to an instructor in an incarcerated setting with female inmates. The Client Assistant must be able to travel to all parts of the County of Los Angeles to the Center’s outreach sites. Strong computer skills preferred. Understanding of public benefits preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree or Paralegal Certification from an accredited school.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish (both verbal and written)
  • Valid CA driver’s license, car and proof of adequate motor vehicle insurance.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background check.
  • Willingness to regularly work in a locked incarcerated facility.
  • Must be available to work Saturdays

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes health, dental, vision and long term disability insurance.

How to Apply:
Candidates meeting these qualifications should apply to jobs@hbcfl.org with a cover letter and resume. Please, no phone inquiries.

The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, color, creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or family status, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, pregnancy (including childbirth and breastfeeding), genetic information, disability or medical condition, military or veteran status or any other indisputable characteristic, or perception of protected status, in accordance with applicable law.