The American Friends Service Committee promotes a longstanding Quaker concern for the causes and impact of human migration. Since 1988, the Immigrant Rights Program based in New Jersey has worked to increase the protection of the rights of immigrants and refugees through legal representation, community education, community organizing, monitoring of rights, advocacy, and training.
Since 1996, the AFSC has provided legal counseling and representation to thousands of immigrants, including people in detention, youth, survivors of domestic violence and other crimes, asylum seekers, and individual who have faced long struggles to obtain legal status. AFSC has also conducted training sessions and education to immigrant communities, social service providers and attorneys in New Jersey.
Summary of Principal Responsibilities
The Community Justice Attorney will provide legal representation to indigent immigrants, including immigrant youth and their immediate family members in immigration proceedings before the Newark and Elizabeth Immigration Courts. The Attorney will meet with clients, counsel them on eligibility for relief under the immigration laws, prepare applications for submission to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Immigration Court, and represent clients before both agencies. In addition, the Attorney will represent children in New Jersey Superior Court in matters related to Special Immigrant Juvenile petitions.
Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the Community Justice Attorney include the following:
- Provide in-depth individual consultations to low-income immigrants to determine eligibility for immigration status, including low-income immigrant youth and their immediate family members.
- Provide full representation before USCIS, local Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and where appropriate, before Federal Courts.
- Manage caseload and maintain client files in good order, including photocopying applications, letters, supporting documentation, and follow up work. Maintain client and case information in LawLogix.
- Translate documents or secure translations as necessary; secure interpretation assistance, as necessary.
- Work with AFSC’s Social Worker to meet clients’ social service needs.
- Provide educational presentations to immigrant communities.
- Support efforts for legal services clients to participate in organizing and leadership efforts.
- Provide education and training to service organizations, government agencies, schools and other groups on immigration law and policy.
- Partner with AFSC staff and community groups in outreach, education, and engagement of immigrant communities to cultivate their leadership and civic participation.
- In collaboration with AFSC staff and other stakeholders, engage in policy and advocacy work concerning issues raised by clients and constituents.
- Participate in AFSC staff meetings and case reviews.
- Assist in the documentation of the program’s experiences and compile and submit narrative and statistical information for inclusion in AFSC quarterly reports and reports to funding sources.
- Attend immigration law training sessions and conferences.
Education: Admission to the New Jersey state bar required or willingness to become admitted.
Experience: Two years’ experience with immigration law and procedures preferred, particularly in representing youth in complex removal proceedings.
Other Required Skills and Abilities:
- Two years’ experience with immigration law and procedures preferred, particularly in representing immigrants in complex removal proceedings.
- Understanding of and willingness to apply principles behind movement lawyering.
- Demonstrated cultural competency.
- Fluency in written and oral English and Spanish.
- Experience and comfort with public speaking.
- Self-motivation; ability to be detail oriented, well-organized, and to prioritize assignments and work load.
- Ability to communicate effectively and build mutually respectful relationships with co-workers, clients, and the public.
- Familiarity with software applications in a Windows environment, including Microsoft Word and LawLogix.
- Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
- Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
For consideration, please complete the online application at www.afsc.org/job center.