Rights Now! Policy Fellowship

The Rights Now! Policy Fellowship

2018-19 Rights Now! Fellow Program
October 2018-June 2019

Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund is the nation’s oldest civil rights advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls. Our targeted litigation, innovative public policy, and education in five areas—workplace equality and economic empowerment; violence against women; fairness in the courts; equality in education; and human trafficking—secure equality and opportunity for women and girls. For further information about our work, please see www.legalmomentum.org.

Legal Momentum’s Rights Now! is a peer educator empowerment program that trains young women of color to identify and respond to sexual violence and sex-based discrimination. We are seeking a policy fellow to spearhead this program into its third year. 


Legal Momentum’s Rights Now! Policy Fellow recruits and trains a cohort of young women of color to facilitate empowerment-based, activity-based, and dialogue focused workshops with other young women of color. Using Legal Momentum’s interactive curriculum, the Rights Now! Policy Fellow and Peer Educators work together to empower other young women to tackle and unpack topics impacting their day-to-day lives, such as: power, privilege, and oppression; cyber abuse; healthy relationships and teen dating violence; relationship violence in the school setting; and legal rights and remedies.

The incoming Fellow may be recruited from a variety of disciplines including social work, education, media, and the law. The Fellow will work with grass-roots organizations, community-based organizations, schools, and other advocacy organizations to promote Legal Momentum’s mission of gender equality, with a strategic focus on spreading rights awareness and parity in education to particularly vulnerable young women and girls.

The Fellow will work approximately 20 hours/week from October 2018 through June 30, 2019 at our New York City office to:

  • Build upon existing curricula to create workshops for girls and young women ages 16-24 on a variety of topics including gender oppression and discrimination; health relationships and teen dating violence; social media and cyber sexual abuse; and identifying legal rights;
  • Work with schools and community-based organizations to organize and plan workshops;
  • Recruit and train a diverse cohort of peer educators and accompany them to all workshops;
  • Use coalition building, media, and grass-roots advocacy to help spread rights awareness to girls and young women in New York;
  • Help design, implement, and support efforts to provide technical assistance to attorneys and advocates regarding federal and state protections for student victims of violence; and
  • Post materials on Legal Momentum’s website and/or social media outlets in conjunction with the Communications Department.
  1. A four-year college degree;
  2. 1-2 years of prior experience as a social justice advocate;
  3. Prior supervisory experience;
  4. Knowledge of women's rights and civil rights issues;
  5. Excellent writing skills;
  6. Ability to work well independently and as part of a team;
  7. Willingness to travel and to work extra hours and weekends when required;
  8. Computer and social media literacy;
  9. Ability to prioritize, organize, and be detail oriented.

Interested applicants should send: 

  • a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest for the position;
  • a resume,
  • three references; and
  • a writing sample

to fellowships@legalmomentum.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

This position remains open until filled. Early applications are encouraged.