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Job Posting: Bail Disruptor/San Diego Advocate

The Bail Project is a new non-profit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system ‒ one person at a time. Over the next five years, The Bail Project will work with local partners to open dozens of sites in high-need jurisdictions and pay bail for tens of thousands of low-income people, reducing the human suffering caused by unaffordable cash bail and building on the work of grassroots groups and movements for decarceration and racial justice.

Our organization is comprised of a central support team and a network of Bail Disruptors who work in local jurisdictions to identify community members in pretrial detention, pay their bail, and provide support throughout the legal process. Our model leverages the fact that bail money is returned when people make their court appearances, allowing us to maintain a revolving bail fund and maximize our impact.

In addition to posting bail, The Bail Project seeks to partner with local advocacy groups, collect stories and data from our sites and work with universities to measure the socio-economic impacts of unaffordable cash bail with the goal of informing legislative reform.

Through these efforts, The Bail Project will be the largest non-governmental decarceration of Americans in history—reducing human suffering, restoring the presumption of innocence, and adding to the growing momentum to end mass incarceration.

Position Summary:

Bail Disruptors are community members across the country committed to racial and economic justice. They are the core of The Bail Project, securing people’s release, disrupting the criminal legal system, and fighting mass incarceration.

Since August of 2018, we have posted bail for over 800 people in federal court in San Diego. Partnering with the Federal Defenders of San Diego and the CJA Panel Attorneys to combat the criminalization of immigration at the southern border of the United States, we disrupted Operation Streamline, an initiative that established an altogether separate court system designed to facilitate mass prosecutions of immigrants. In addition to the fight against Operation Streamline our site in San Diego has begun posting for any person with bail set in federal court in San Diego.

We are looking for a new Bail Disruptorto support our growing team on the ground!


The bail disruptor will be responsible for receiving and reviewing referrals from the defense attorneys in San Diego and posting bail for individuals facing charges in federal court in San Diego. The bail disruptor will also liaise with clients’ families and coordinate with local organizers and partners to support clients needs throughout the pendency of their case.

The bail disruptor will uphold our holistic model by working within the local community and collaborating with our central management team. This will entail collecting client and court data, providing clients an advocacy platform, and establishing local partnerships to expose the problems of the criminal legal system that make TBP so necessary.

We plan to share our work with partner organizations that are focusing on advocacy, litigation, and legislation. By capturing our data and empowering our clients to take center stage in the fight against mass incarceration, disruptors will allow us to expose the abuse of our current wealth-based system and fulfill TBP’s two-fold mission of providing immediate harm reduction and pushing us towards a better system.


You are driven, highly organized, and have a deep commitment to The Bail Project’s mission to eliminate race and wealth-based disparities in our criminal justice system. Applicants must be fluent in Spanish and English and based in the San Diego area. Applicants must also be willing to work independently as well as in collaborative teams. A sense of humor, innovative spirit, and willingness to adapt to the change inherent to a rapidly scaling startup are essential.

To excel in this role, you likely bring the following:

  • Excellent organizational abilities
  • Willingness and ability to do significant and repetitive administrative work required for posting bail in the federal system
  • Strong investment in the local community and in the fight for racial and economic justice
  • Ability to liaise with or experience working with families of immigrants in federal custody
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in racial and social justice and criminal/immigrantion defense
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and hard-working
  • Strong decision-making and communication skills
  • Basic ability in Excel or willingness to learn
  • Emotional intelligence and ability to handle multiple projects
  • Experience with the federal criminal legal system and U.S. immigration law
  • Experience in direct service / case management

How to apply:

Email: careers @ bailproject. org

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Interested applicants should submit a RESUME and COVER LETTER electronically to careers @ bailproject. org as soon as possible with “Bail Disruptor – San Diego” in the subject line. In the cover letter, please address the following:

  • Why do you want to work for The Bail Project?
  • Please share 1-2 experience(s) that highlights why you would be a strong candidate for the bail disruptor position.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and the start date for the position is as soon as possible. No faxes or phone calls please. Applicants will be notified regarding whether or not they have been selected for an interview. Applications without cover letters will not be processed.

The Bail Project is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of formerly incarcerated individuals, people of color, women, and LGBTQ people . We are committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.

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