The Rights Now! Policy Fellowship

LEGAL MOMENTUM: The Rights Now! Policy Fellowship

 2017-18 Rights Now! Fellow Program
 October 2017-June 2018

For nearly 50 years, Legal Momentum has devised cutting-edge strategies and innovative legal arguments to achieve gender equality. Legal Momentum’s mission is to transform our society into one where all women and girls are economically secure, empowered to make their own choices, and live and work free of discrimination and violence. 

In 2017, Legal Momentum piloted its “Rights Now!” program to educate New York City girls and young adults between the ages of 16-24 about sexual assault, dating violence, and domestic violence prevention. Legal Momentum will expand this project in the upcoming year and seeks a fellow to join us from now through the end of June, 2018 to assist with the project’s implementation.


This non-legal Fellowship is designed to train the Fellow to become a leader and social justice entrepreneur for women and girls. The Rights Now! Fellow will be an ambassador for our work, particularly among girls and younger women who may not consider themselves social justice advocates.

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 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. The Fellow will also be fluent in various social media platforms used by persons of all ages, enhancing Legal Momentum’s ability to reach new audiences to make them aware of gender inequality and the legal remedies for this inequality.

The Fellow will:

  • Build upon existing curricula to create workshops for girls and young women ages 11-24 on a variety of topics including dating violence, consent, sexual assault, cyberviolence, and victim blaming;
  • Work with schools and community based organizations to organize and plan workshops;
  • Provide training, technical assistance, and supervision to girls and young women selected as “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 LM 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. Knowledge of women's rights and civil rights issues;
  4. Excellent writing skills;
  5. Ability to work well independently and as part of a team;
  6. Willingness to travel and to work extra hours and weekends when required;
  7. Computer and social media literacy;
  8. Ability to prioritize, organize, and be detail oriented.



Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest for the position; resume, including names of three references with phone numbers; and one significant writing sample to

This position remains open until filled.