Immigration Staff Attorney

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $50,000
Maximum: $55,000
Details: DOE

Published

10/18/2018

Start Date

01/07/2019

Address

1105 23rd Avenue
Seattle
Washington
98122
United States

Description

The Organization

Entre Hermanos is a Latino-based LGBTQ nonprofit organization in Seattle, Washington. Our mission is to promote the health and well-being of the Latino gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building. We have been aiding the Latino community since 1991. As an agency, we make it our mission to reflect our community, and we do so by hiring all Spanish speaking staff. Our immigration program provides a myriad of services to our community. We prioritize finding forms of relief for undocumented clients through asylum, U Visa, VAWA, Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal, and family petitions. As an organization we also encourage citizenship and civic engagement. In addition to direct representation, we partner with community organizations from around Washington on education and advocacy projects.


The Position

Entre Hermanos is seeking a Staff Attorney to represent Latino LGBTQ/Latino immigrants in immigration proceedings. The ideal candidate is an excellent advocate with strong writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills who works well in a fast-paced collaborative environment and has experience providing immigration services to low-income people along with a demonstrated commitment to the LGBTQ community. The Staff Attorney will report to the Immigration Manager and Executive Director.


Duties will include:

  • Represent low-income clients on wide variety of immigration matters before USCIS and the Immigration Court, including affirmative and defensive asylum applications, asylee family petitions, adjustment of status, consular processing, immigration effects of criminal convictions, and naturalization.
  • Conduct in-office immigration screenings for clients requesting our services
  • Train and supervise law students and our pro bono attorney partners
  • Work collaboratively with mental health professionals to complete psychological evaluations for clients’ cases
  • Conduct outreach, workshops, and presentations in the community
  • Participate in collaborative partnerships with other community and legal services organizations providing similar services
  • Assist in administrative tasks, such as those related to grant management and reporting
  • Participate in ongoing professional development to improve client services


Minimum Qualifications

  • J.D. required and in good standing with a State Bar
  • Fluency in Spanish required
  • Minimum 3 years experience providing immigration legal services (law school clinics and summer internships included).
  • A demonstrated commitment to the LGBTQ and Latino community
  • A demonstrated ability to build and manage an extensive and demanding caseload including excellent time-management, priority-setting, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including homeless people, immigrants, non-English speakers, people with mental disabilities, people experiencing domestic violence, law students, service providers, and community partners
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Familiarity in working with clients in crisis or who are trauma survivors
  • Willingness to conduct training and outreach activities in the community

Benefits

Medical and dental. Generous holidays and sick days. Professional development support includes membership in the relevant local, statewide and/or national associations, attendance at relevant conferences, as determined by Entre Hermanos’ professional development budget.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish required

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email only: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three professional references to Eric Holzapfel (eric@entrehermanos.org). Place these words in the subject line: “Staff Attorney.”


We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities, especially the LGBTQ and Latino communities, to apply. Entre Hermanos does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior contact with the criminal justice system, or any other basis prohibited by law.


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