Staff Attorney - Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project
- Job posted by Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc
Details: Salay depends on experience
1530 James M Wood Boulevard
Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, a program of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc., is a non-profit law firm which provides community education and legal representation to Southern California’s most vulnerable immigrant communities. Esperanza provides legal representation to immigrants who are in detention and/or removal proceedings, and focuses on particularly complex immigration cases which may involve unaccompanied minors, adults with mental health issues, and cases with past criminal or gang history. Esperanza also provides community education programming and pro se assistance to immigrants in removal proceedings both in detained and non-detained settings. Esperanza has proudly provided legal services to immigrants and their families in Los Angeles for over 10 years. More information can be found about Esperanza at www.esperanza-la.org.
Esperanza seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work primarily in our Representation Program, providing representation to recently reunited families who had been separated as a result of the zero tolerance policy.
The Staff Attorney will work under the supervision of a Managing Attorney or a Directing Attorney to provide legal representation to our clients in removal proceedings and before the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. Although the majority of the clients they will represent will be presenting asylum applications, the Staff Attorney will be tasked with representing them in other forms of relief including cases involving abused, abandoned and/or neglected children who are eligible to pursue Special Immigrant Juvenile Status visas.
- Juris Doctorate;
- Active, California State Bar License (preferred), but will consider license from another jurisdiction.
- Experience (including internships) in the practice of law, preferably in immigration and/or public interest law;
- Strong organizational, case management, legal research, and legal writing skills required;
- Experience working with vulnerable client populations, particularly with children, families, or clients with mental health issues is a huge plus;
- Demonstrated ability and willingness to take on challenging and novel legal issues and a readiness to pursue “outside-the-box” legal theories;
- A willingness to take the initiative;
- Spanish language proficiency required and will be tested at time of interview;
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure required;
- Willingness to be a team-player with an attitude and aptitude for collaboration;
- Passion for social justice for immigrants and vulnerable communities required.
Generous Benefits Package includes the following:
- Life Insurance
- 15 paid vacation days per year
- 10 paid sick days per year
- 12 paid holidays per year
- AFLAC Available
- Retirement plan contributions
Level of Language Proficiency
Spanish language proficiency required and will be tested at time of interview;
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Simultaneously email cover letter, resume, at least 2 references, and a brief writing sample (5 pages or less) to:
(1) firstname.lastname@example.org Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Human Resources Department; P.O. Box 15095, Los Angeles, CA 90015, and
(2) Patricia Ortiz, Program Director, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, email@example.com In email subject line please place your full name, and the position you are applying for. 1530 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.
Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please. Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer.