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Casa Latina Workers Defense Committee Internships

Casa Latina’s Workers Defense Committee (WDC) was started in 2000 in response to the widespread wage theft among the participants in our programs and has been a key program since that time. It is a program that is almost completely driven by its volunteers, works in partnership with day laborers to organize strategic direct action campaigns to recoup wages owed workers. Volunteers are involved in every stage of the wage reclamation process: from intake, to drafting initial letters and making phone calls to delinquent employers and property owners. They also work in collaboration with workers and a Direct Action Coordinator to plan and implement direct actions.

Volunteer Advocate

Responsibilities:

  • Taking primary responsibility for 1-3 wage claim cases at any time
  • Weekly meeting commitment (Wednesday nights)
  • Weekly telephone calls, letter writing, worker communications (as determined by the needs of your cases)
  • Participate in regular trainings for advocates (an initial one to begin volunteering and a few others throughout the year

Requirements:

  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Ability to make a year-long commitment
  • Comfort and interest in employing a range of strategies to accomplish project’s aims
  • Commitment to working for just workers’ rights

Database Collection

Responsibilities

  • Input data from wage claim cases
  • Provide reports to the program coordinator based on the work plan needs
  • Work with the database creator occasionally

Requirements:

  • Ability to communicate in and read Spanish
  • Basic computer skills; specifically some excel, and access knowledge

Volunteer Interpreter

Responsibilities:

  • interpret at one or more Wednesday meetings per month
  • participate in trainings for advocates (an initial one to begin volunteering and a few others throughout the year)
  • interpret for other events such as meditation with the defendants and defendant’s attorney
    • Requirements:

    • Fluency in Spanish
    • Ability to make year-long commitment

    Volunteer Organizer

    Responsibilities:

    • Weekly meeting commitment (Wednesday nights)

    All of the following work will be done with the coordinator of the WDC and other members

    • Develop and facilitating workshops and activities, both within the WDC and in the community
    • Coordinate and participate in pickets, protests, and other public campaigns and direct actions
    • Participate in regular trainings for advocates (includes another meeting outside of the Wednesday meeting)
    • Leaflet at day labor corners

    Requirements:

    • Fluency in Spanish
    • Ability to make year-long commitment
    • Commitment to working for just workers’ rights

    Legal Observers

    Responsibilities:

    • participate in a training for legal observers (training might be formal or informal)
    • accompany the WDC to direct actions, protests and public campaigns to observe the action of law enforcement officers
    • provide feedback to the committee

    This is still being developed. Anyone with experience and or interest in helping develop this further, please mention it in your response.

    Research

    There are various upcoming research opportunities that have not been fully developed yet. If this is your interest, please mention this in your response to add you to the wait list

    If you’re interested in any one of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Cariño Barragán at carino@casa-latina.org.

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