Sanctuary Long Beach Fellowship

The Sanctuary Long Beach Coalition is now accepting applications for the 12 month fellowship with the Long Beach Community Defense Network. The fellow will collaborate with member organizations to develop and implement the community-run deportation defense network. Learn more by reading the scope of work below or clicking here.

To apply, email a resume, cover letter, and 2-3 references to Applications received by the end of the day (11:59PM) on Sunday, December 8th will be prioritized. The fellowship is open until filled. People of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+, immigrant, and systems-impacted candidates are encouraged to apply.


Fellowship: Long Beach Community Defense Network Fellow
Compensation: $2,000 monthly stipend for 12 months  
Supervised by: Gaby Hernandez (LBIRC) and Marlene Montanez (LAANE)

About the Sanctuary Long Beach Coalition:


The Sanctuary Long Beach Coalition is a diverse group of individuals and organizations that empower migrants, immigrants, and refugees to dismantle oppressive systems while centering and building power to transform the Long Beach community for liberation. The coalition was created in January 2017 and has strengthened the immigrant rights movement in Long Beach by:


  1. Limiting city collaboration with ICE with the Long Beach Values Act;

  2. Establishing the Long Beach Justice Fund, a program to provide free legal representation to Long Beach residents facing deportation regardless of their background; and

  3. Establishing the Long Beach Community Defense Network (CDN) as a community-driven rapid response network to disrupt deportations.

Member organizations include Bienestar, Democratic Socialists of America - Long Beach chapter, Filipino Migrant Center, Gabriela South Bay, Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization, Housing Long Beach, Khmer Girls in Action, Latinos in Action California, the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, Long Beach Forward, the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, the National Immigration Law Center, and Sacred Resistance. Together, the participating organizations represent the rich ethnic and generational diversity of the immigrant community in Long Beach.

About the Fellowship:

As part of the long-term strategy to end deportations, the coalition established the Long Beach Community Defense Network (CDN) in April of 2018. As a raid rapid response network, the CDN is a unique collaboration of residents, community-based, and faith-based organizations that collectively coordinate activities and support community organizing with an emphasis on being led by undocumented residents and communities of color. CDN is intended to respond with legal support to any ICE enforcement actions in the City. The CDN is composed of the following: 24-hour hotline, site verification, attorney activation, legal observation, and accompaniment teams. The Community Defense Network Fellow will be responsible for the coordination of the network in collaboration with coalition and network members over the 12-month period. The Fellow will be co-supervised by lead organizers with LBIRC and LAANE with an expectation of 20 hours devoted to deliverables per week. 



  • Collaborate with the Sanctuary Infrastructure Committee to create and lead training modules for CDN dispatchers, including developing necessary training materials.

  • Recruit, activate, and manage 21 dispatchers and 50 observers by end of 2020.

  • Maintain and refer cases to the legal committee for legal representation.

  • Troubleshoot and coordinate technical problems on the CDN hotline.

  • Create and manage the CDN hotline schedule to ensure the hotline is active according to the structure plan.

  • Establish and manage volunteer program for the CDN hotline, including active recruitment and training of volunteers.

  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings as needed to ensure all activities are coordinated and carried out.

  • Prepare monthly reports on service deliverables and invoicing to funders.

  • Collaborate with the Sanctuary Communications Committee to develop information materials about CDN, as needed.

  • Communicate and respond to informational requests about the CDN hotline.

  • Take shifts on the hotline and provide translation for hotline calls as needed.

  • Work in collaboration with the Sanctuary Long Beach Coalition to support existing and future response efforts.

  • Develop sound organizing strategies with impacted communities and the Sanctuary Long Beach Coalition.

  • Conduct and/or participate in Know Your Rights workshops for individuals at risk of ICE enforcement and raids in coordination with the Sanctuary Education Committee.

  • Create, distribute, and facilitate popular education opportunities and materials while ensuring cultural and community relevance in coordination with the Sanctuary Education Committee.

  • Assist with intake, document coordination, filling out forms, and general paralegal duties to support clients’ immigration cases in coordination with legal partners and Sanctuary Coalition member organizations.

  • Establish and carry out protocols around raids response with coalition partners.

  • Mandatory bi-weekly check-ins with supervisors.

  • Identify 2-3 campaign cases for advocacy, policy change, or community base building.

Ideal Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bi-lingual in Spanish strongly preferred.

  • Minimum two years of experience with crisis intervention systems.

  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience managing volunteer programs.

  • Two years of program coordination/management or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Strong administrative background, attention to detail, and organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills.

  • Strong technical skills, ability to operate and navigate the Rapid Response Application.

  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently to manage priorities, and prioritize workflow with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to work remotely the majority of the time.

  • Able to work some evenings and weekends as needed to carry out program activities.

  • Experience and competency facilitating workshops, trainings, meetings, and other collective processes, especially with a popular education approach. Must be able to discuss race, class, gender, and other issues of power and identity with ease and comfort.

  • Strong communication skills via online and traditional platforms.

  • Experience and competency facilitating workshops, trainings, meetings, and other collective processes, especially with a popular education approach. Must be able to discuss race, class, gender, and other issues of power and identity with ease and comfort.

  • Experience working with poor and working-class communities of color.

  • Experience working with immigrant communities of color.

  • Experience in public speaking and/or teaching.

  • Commitment to social justice and anti-racism.

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