SIFI Direct Services Attorney, Lumpkin (Stewart Detention Center)

Job Type

Full Time




United States



The Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) provides high-quality, holistic pro bono legal representation to immigrants detained in the southeastern United States. By ensuring that skilled attorneys are available to protect detained immigrants’ due process rights, the SIFI endeavors to win every meritorious deportation defense case arising out of Trump-era immigration enforcement actions.


SIFI was developed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and is a collaboration between SPLC, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the American Immigration Council (Council), and the Innovation Law Lab (Law Lab). The American Immigration Representation Project (AIRP) is supporting SIFI and is working with the Council to expand pro bono support.


The Direct Services Attorney provides direct legal representation to detained individuals in removal proceedings before the Stewart Immigration Court in accordance with the best practices and rules of conduct of the profession. The Direct Services attorney collaborates closely with the entire SIFI team, SIFI partners, allied organizations to support ongoing pro bono efforts, including developing potential federal litigation arising from removal defense work.


  • Provide, as the primary role, support, supervision, and mentorship to pro-bono attorneys who are preparing filings and appearing before the Immigration Courts on bond, master, motion, merits, and other related proceedings;
  • Provide support and assist volunteers, both at our Folkston office and those working remotely, in document collection, writing, and editing of motions;
  • Provide direct representation to SIFI clients seeking release from detention (generally bond or parole);
  • Provide direct representation to certain SIFI clients in removal proceedings and proceedings before the federal immigration agencies;
  • At times, provide on-the-ground support for civil rights litigation and other advocacy on behalf of individuals detained at the Stewart Detention Center;
  • Maintain accurate and complete case records through LawLab software for all SIFI clients at the Stewart Detention Center ;
  • Collaborate with attorneys, legal paraprofessionals, and interpreters, in furtherance of the representation of SIFI clients; and
  • Communicate with stakeholders, including the federal immigration agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services related to SIFI clients.

Qualifications (Education and Related Work Experience):

  • JD from an accredited university;
  • Membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
  • At least one year of experience practicing before immigration courts preferred;
  • Dedication to and experience working with low-income, immigrant clients;
  • Commitment to working long hours;
  • Strong proficiency (but not native language-level fluency) in written and spoken Spanish;
  • Willingness to spend considerable time meeting with detained individuals in the rural Deep South;
  • Willingness to live in the rural Deep South, or willingness to live in the Columbus, GA area and commute 45 minutes or longer; and
  • Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • While strong Spanish proficiency is required, proficiency in Creole/French/Arabic/Hindi/Urdu and other languages will strengthen the application; and
  • Experience working within volunteer-based projects preferred.

To Apply:

  • Along with a resume, please submit a legal writing sample, a cover letter, and three references. 

Other Special Considerations:

  • This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
  • In addition to a competitive salary & benefits, SIFI-Lumpkin/Stewart staff may accept a monthly housing stipend form SPLC or live free of charge in SPLC owned or leased housing in Lumpkin, GA.


  • 1 year, with the possibility of an extension.



The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of a person in this position.


An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required