The Prisoner Advocacy Network (PAN) is a volunteer network of California activists, family members, formerly incarcerated people, legal workers, law students, and attorneys. We provide non-litigation advocacy, primarily in the form of mail correspondence, for incarcerated people experiencing discrimination, retaliation, and rights violations. Our volunteers and interns are trained in strategies to assist with: requesting C-FILE and medical records; performing basic legal, medical, or similar research; assistance with internal appeals; writing letters to the Warden, Ombudsman, medical staff, and Inspector General; classification issues especially related to solitary or ad-seg status; overturning wrongful 115s; property issues; help preparing for parole; psych reports; making copies; calling prison officials; keeping copies of documentation of prison abuses; and supplying resources and information. We prioritize advocating for jailhouse lawyers and those engaged in political activity. We gather evidence documenting conditions and trends of treatment in the exceptionally repressive prison environments of solitary and other forms of segregation.
We are seeking an administrative intern to volunteer at the National Lawyers Guild Office 558 Capp Street, San Francisco. Ideally, the intern will be in the office two to three days per work, working alongside the PAN Administrative Coordinator.
Additionally, the intern may be asked to attend meetings via Zoom as scheduled.
The total obligation of hours would not exceed 20 hours per week.
Support PAN’s correspondence program, including sorting and scanning mail, replying to correspondence with resources, and maintaining paper and electronic files
Utilize Clio to upload files, communicate with advocates, and assign tasks
Practice legal research and writing
Print and send mail to incarcerated correspondence on behalf of advocates
Maintain confidential paper legal case files and electronic files
Support work on grant applications and other fundraising
Manage social media platforms:
Create and design social media content through
Develop and research content for Instagram and Facebook
Synthesize communications from PAN leadership team into social media content
Engage and respond to messages, requests and inquiries on social media appropriately
Promote fundraising efforts through Social Media platforms
Oversee website updates
Support outreach efforts for PAN advocates and volunteers
Assist in the development of trainings and resources
Twice a year half day training to onboard new volunteers
Subject Specific Training
Strong technology skills. Experience with remote email and electronic communication. Strong organizational skills, and attention to detail. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of issues related to a progressive political agenda, including: support for civil liberties, workers' rights, social justice; opposition to government repression, racism, homophobia and sexism. Self-motivated, able to implement and complete projects in a timely manner. Able to manage multiple priorities; flexible, comfortable in an open office environment with many projects and activities. Able to adapt to a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
Experience working with incarcerated people. Interest working with individuals in the legal profession and in legal offices. Experience working in grassroots, membership organizations. Layout and design skills. Experience with constituent relationship management tools, including databases.
How to apply:
Position starts May / June 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and current resume to ------------ with the subject line “Administrative Intern.”
Please send resume and cover letter to ------------.
Prisoner Advocacy Network is an affirmative action organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, disability or sexual orientation. Formerly incarcerated people, women, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.