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The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) supports people who have lost or left their homes. For over 100 years, the unwavering commitment of our leadership, team, network of service providers, and advocates has helped redirect the destiny of countless vulnerable lives. In neighborhoods, in Washington, and around the world, we break down barriers and demand justice for refugees and immigrants as they successfully integrate into new communities. We provide essential social and legal services to rebuild productive lives, turning tragedy into prosperity. We are a purpose driven organization with a mission to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supporting their transition to a dignified life. To learn more about our work, please visit our website at www.refugees.org.

 

OVERVIEW

 

Each year federal immigration authorities detain thousands of unaccompanied minors (UCs) who have no adult to support or advise them through the immigration process. USCRI provides direct representation for these minors and recruits, trains, and mentors pro bono attorneys to represent UCs in the immigration process. The Staff Attorney will oversee the activities of the Legal Services Program, provide direct representation for UCs in the immigration process, and maintain a network of pro bono attorneys in Virginia and Maryland.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Conducting intakes and providing legal consultations to determine eligibility for legal relief;
  • Preparing and submitting immigration applications for the following:
  • Family reunification petitions;
  • Consular processing;
  • Temporary Protected Status;
  • DACA;
  • Adjustment of Status;
  • Asylum;
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status;
  • Waivers of inadmissibility; and
  • Additional benefits such as employment authorization documents, travel documents, renewal of permanent resident cards, Certificates of Citizenship, and FOIAs;
  • Making appropriate referrals to other service providers and relevant community partners;
  • Representing clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Board of Immigration Appeals, including attending immigration interviews, immigration court hearings, and Infopass appointments;
  • Assisting in the development of grants or contract proposals and reporting;
  • Conducting outreach, leading trainings, and participating in networking activities; 
  • Providing functional supervision of the Legal Assistant;
  • Maintaining bar membership through continuing legal education; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Managing Attorney.

 

All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job duties indicated is not to be an exhaustive statement and other job-related duties may be assigned as required by the supervisor(s).

 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

 

  • J.D. with a valid license to practice law, member of the Virginia or Maryland bar preferred;
  • At least two (2) years of experience practicing immigration law;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong writing and demonstrated intercultural communication ability;
  • Spanish fluency;
  • High-level of proficiency in MS Word, MS Access, MS Excel and database programs;
  • Flexibility for occasional evening and community-based work required;
  • Previous supervisory experience is preferred;
  • Positive attitude and willingness to be part of a team and also work independently is desirable; and
  • Demonstrated support of USCRI’s values by exhibiting respect for others, maintenance of confidential information and an appreciation of a multicultural workplace. 

 

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Satisfactory completion of USCRI’s Orientation and Training;
  • Complete additional training as identified by supervisor or Human Resources.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

 

  • Use of manual dexterity, tactile, visual, and audio acuity;
  • Use of repetitive motion, prolonged periods of sitting and standing, and sustained visual and mental applications and demands;
  • Occasional lifting (up to 25 pounds), bending, pulling, and carrying; and
  • Quantitative/mathematical ability (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, standard measurements).

 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

 

Please submit a resume with cover letter describing your interest and qualifications with your online application.

 

References will be required at time of the final interview.

 

No telephone calls please. Position will remain open until filled. 

 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

 

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants is an equal opportunity employer.

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) supports people who have lost or left their homes. For over 100 years, the unwavering commitment of our leadership, team, network of service providers, and advocates has helped redirect the…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 8, 2021
  • Education
    J.D. Required

Location

On-site
Washington, DC, USA

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