Employment Opportunities

Intern for the Women’s Gender-Responsive Jail Project

The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law is seeking a full-time law student intern for 10 weeks this summer to provide investigative, research, writing, analysis and administrative support for its Women’s Gender-Responsive Jail Project, an effort to improve life outcomes for incarcerated women and their families.

The Women’s Gender-Responsive Jail Project, formerly the Mira Loma Women’s Jail Project, was launched in 2018 to investigate, monitor, and make recommendations related to Los Angeles County’s plan to relocate the women’s jail from Century Regional Detention Center (“CRDF”) in Southern LA County to Mira Loma Detention Center (“Mira Loma”) in a remote region of Northern LA County. The Project has broadened to include advocating for gender-responsive changes for incarcerated women, increased use of diversion, and robust re-entry services. The Project’s long-term goal is to ensure the LA County women’s jail system is designed to be responsive to the unique needs and characteristics of incarcerated women and LGBTQ persons, incorporating methods which are trauma-informed and promote family reunification with the goal of reducing recidivism among women.

The intern will work under the supervision of the Executive Director and act as the Center’s representative for its policy positions. The work will include attending and maintaining a Center presence at standing monthly meetings with public agencies and private community organizations. The intern will also monitor developments in Los Angeles County’s jail replacement plan, specifically as it pertains to women. He or she will advocate for the Center’s policy priorities with public and private stakeholders as jail replacement plan developments occur. Additionally, the intern may have opportunities for other legal advocacy and education projects and case work with clients.

Required qualifications:

To be considered for this position the applicant must exhibit prior paid, volunteer, or academic work/research experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Impacts of incarceration on women or families
  • Policy advocacy
  • Systemic reform

Additionally, applicants must demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, an ability to relate to a wide range of individuals, and versatility in problem-solving methods and investigative techniques. Experience working with local government, law enforcement, or community organizing is a plus.

The intern must be available for training in April prior to the start date.

To apply contact Taryn May, Volunteer Coordinator, Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, volunteer@hbcfl.org. Please provide a current resume, cover letter, two references, and a relevant writing sample. School credit or fellowships will be considered.

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.