STAFF ATTORNEY, IMMIGRANT SURVIVORS PROGRAM-WESTERN PA
- Job posted by Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC)
Details: Competitive, based on experience
The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) is a non-profit agency that serves vulnerable immigrants through free legal services, education, and advocacy. PIRC’s Immigrant Survivors Project (ISP) offers victim-centered legal services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking through a mobile law office model of service delivery throughout Pennsylvania. The Staff Attorney will provide immigration legal assistance, direct representation, education, and outreach to immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in the western Pennsylvania region to ensure their access to critical restorative victim services.
Job Purpose and Activities
- Provide immigration legal assistance and representation to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking leveraging the protections allowed in law through VAWA, T-Visas, U-Visas, and related forms of immigration relief.
- Work in close partnership with local domestic violence/sexual assault agencies to ensure immigrant survivors have access to appropriate victim services.
- Provide referrals and individual advocacy for other community resources and benefits, as needed.
- Provide information to survivors about victim rights, victim compensation benefits, and the criminal justice system.
- Conduct outreach through participation in relevant community, task force, and stakeholder meetings; Maintain and cultivate relationships with program partners, governmental agencies, nonprofit providers, and other stakeholders.
- Participate in PIRC’s legal clinics within the community, as needed.
- Work closely with the ISP Managing Attorney and Executive Director to ensure compliance with contract and grant requirements for PIRC’s Programs.
- Other VOCA eligible tasks as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience
- Law degree and licensed to practice law or pending application before the bar of any state in the U.S. required.
- Experience with immigration law (particularly in VAWA, T-Visas, and U-Visas) preferred.
- Prior experience working with survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault preferred.
- Passion for PIRC's mission and demonstrated commitment to immigration issues and public interest law.
- Strong sense of personal initiative and ability to manage multiple tasks without extensive supervision.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent legal research and writing skills.
- Ability to travel within multi- county service area to provide services.
The staff at PIRC is its greatest strength. At PIRC, staff work in a collaborative environment that encourages the sharing of ideas and victories, no matter the how large or small. PIRC offers a comprehensive benefits package including simple IRA, health, vision, dental and life insurance, generous paid leave and flexible policies in a reflection of the organization’s commitment to self-care. Relocation assistance available through PIRC for those willing to relocate to help us advance our mission. Members of PIRC are passionate, intelligent, and hardworking individuals all committed to the common cause of providing access to justice for immigrants.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency in Spanish (both written and verbal) preferred.
Minimum Education Required