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Detained Children's Paralegal or Legal Assistant

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Ayuda | Fairfax, VA
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ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

Ayuda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing direct legal, social and language access services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Ayuda envisions a community where all immigrants succeed and thrive in the United States. Since 1973, Ayuda has helped low-income immigrants achieve safety and stability for themselves and their families by providing legal services in in the areas of immigration law, domestic violence protection orders and family law, as well as social services and access to interpreters and translators. Ayuda has office locations in Washington, DC, Silver Spring, MD, and Fairfax, VA.

WHY YOU WANT THIS JOB?

Because, just like everyone at Ayuda, you believe:

  • In seeing communities where all immigrants succeed and thrive in the United States.
  • In the overall success of our organization and all our programs.
  • That families should be healthy and safe from harm.
  • That all people should have access to professional, honest, and ethical services, regardless of ability to
  • pay or status in this country.
  • That diversity and equality make this country better.

WHAT WILL THIS JOB ENTAIL?

  • Provide Know Your Rights presentations and consultations to children in ORR custody in Virginia under attorney supervision;
  • Assist with making referrals to legal service providers around the country for children released from ORR custody;
  • Assist attorneys in preparing and filing pro se court filings for children in ORR custody;
  • Provide administrative support to attorneys representing children in ORR custody and/or released to the Northern Virginia area;
  • Assist with preparation of grant applications, grant administration, and reports; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Note that this job requires frequent travel to ORR facilities and courts in or near Richmond, VA and Alexandria, VA. Ayuda reimburses such travel using the federally-approved mileage rate.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU CAN DO THIS JOB?

  • Bilingual Spanish skills required; Strong organizational and time-management skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team;
  • Experience working with immigrants a plus;
  • Experience working with children a plus;
  • Experience working with survivors of trauma a plus;
  • Availability to begin work as soon as possible (contingent on funder approval) preferred; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial and economic justice.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

The salary is commensurate with experience and consistent with Ayuda’s legal staff salary scale. Ayuda’s compensation includes a robust benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, long-term disability insurance, life and AD&D insurance as well as an employer-provided retirement match. All federal holidays are observed, and Ayuda offers paid leave for the week of Christmas through New Year’s Day in addition to generous sick and vacation leave, three personal days per calendar year, and three floating holidays to allow for flexibility in religious or cultural observances. This position is exempt for overtime purposes.

Temporary employees employed by Ayuda for at least 90 days are eligible for these benefits.

TO APPLY:

Please apply with resume and cover letter. Writing samples may be requested. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Apply early for full consideration. No phone calls, please.

Ayuda values an inclusive, diverse workplace and does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by law. Ayuda is also committed to equal employment opportunity. Employment decisions are made consistent with both Ayuda's organizational values and the law, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.

We value a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve.

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

Ayuda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing direct legal, social and language access services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Ayuda…

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  • Full Time Schedule

Location

2701 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA 22031

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