2801 Swiss Avenue
Essential Job Qualifications:
The successful candidate must be a passionate human rights advocate. The person must work to promote HRI’s mission and cultivate strong ties with the individuals, organizations, and funders key to the success of the Children’s Program.
- Juris Doctor Degree and licensed to practice law in Texas. (Qualified candidates who would be willing to seek to be licensed in Texas would be considered)
- At least two years of experience in Immigration and Nationality Law or 3+ years of pro bono experience with family law and immigration based cases. Because this attorney will be supervising volunteer lawyers, the position requires specific experience with vulnerable immigrant populations.
- Preferred knowledge includes experience with Texas family law – including conservatorship, Special Immigrant Juvenile “SIJ”, removal defense, and familiarity with ORR procedures for unaccompanied children.
- Other helpful knowledge includes VAWA, U-Visa, DACA, T-Visas, Asylum, and supporting immigration relief, such as employment authorization applications and adjustment of status applications.
- Desire to work with immigrant children survivors of domestic violence, neglect, or abandonment.
- Strong public speaking and interpersonal skills. Must be comfortable with public speaking.
- Desire to work in a team environment.
- Strong research, writing, and analytical skills.
- Ability to address complex legal problems strategically utilizing a variety of approaches, including litigation, policy advocacy, and communications.
- Must be a self-starter, motivated, and a good team player with a sense of humor.
- Must be highly organized, flexible, able to multi-task, manage a high-volume workload, and have excellent time management skills.
- Strong interpersonal, supervisory and communications skills, and the ability to understand and handle sensitive and confidential information.
- Proficiency using Microsoft suite products. Willingness to learn and use cloud-based case management software.
- Fluency in oral and written English.
- Fluency in Spanish Language is strongly preferred.
Pro Bono Program Support
- Support the program with cases placed with pro bono attorneys:
- Assist with drafting and maintaining training materials and samples for volunteer attorneys accepting cases in the Children’s Program.
- Assist in the recruitment and training of volunteers.
- Govern workflow and supervise all filings by volunteer attorneys.
- Guide volunteer attorneys with case strategy and legal research.
- Review all portions of cases prior to submission.
- Assist in preparing attorneys and clients for hearings and interviews before the local family courts and the Immigration Court, and USCIS.
Direct Client Representation
- Work collaboratively with other members of the legal staff.
- Direct representation of immigrant children and their guardians before USCIS, Immigration Court, and local family courts.
- Govern workflow for all aspects of in-house cases.
- Assist in intake and evaluation of new cases with the legal team.
- Responsible for maintenance and presentation of Know Your Rights presentations and legal screenings to detained unaccompanied minors.
- Review legal screening documents for foster children to determine local relief before the child’s placement in the DFW area.
- Responsible for regular provision of information to the Vera Institute of Justice including:
- Monthly narrative and data reports.
- Maintaining client and case information using cloud-based databases.
- Responding to requests from ORR on short time-lines.
- Coordinate annual Vera site visit.
- Maintain relationship with Vera and government stakeholders.
- Provide case data and program information for the Vera budgeting and contracting process.
- Maintain client and case information using the internal cloud-based case management system.
- Interview and supervise legal interns.
- Stay abreast of legal changes impacting HRI’s clients.
- Assist with HRI’s Advocacy plan and other outreach.
- Maintain and enhance legal expertise through participation in and presentation of educational programs and CLEs.
- Attend mandatory training and conference calls related to work with Vera.
- Maintain alliances with education entities, community groups, and other organizations.
- Make new partnerships with other social service providers who refer clients.
- Speak to various groups about HRI.
- Participate in fundraising for Children’s Program.
- Educate the staff and public about relief available for HRI clients via updates on immigration laws and policy.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency in Spanish Language is strongly preferred.
Minimum Education Required