Status: Full Time, Specific Term (through December 2020)
The American Friends Service Committee promotes a longstanding Quaker concern for the causes and impact of human migration. Since 1988, the Immigrant Rights Program based in New Jersey has worked to increase the protection of the rights of immigrants and refugees through legal representation, community education, community organizing, monitoring of rights, advocacy, and training.
Since 1996, the AFSC has provided legal counseling and representation to thousands of immigrants, including people in detention, youth, and survivors of domestic violence and other crimes. AFSC has also conducted training sessions and education to immigrant communities, social service providers and attorneys in New Jersey.
Summary of Principal Responsibilities
The Community Staff Attorney will work out of AFSC’s new office in Red Bank, New Jersey to provide legal representation to immigrants who are facing removal proceedings primarily before the Newark and Elizabeth Immigration Courts. The Attorney will meet with clients and counsel them on eligibility for relief under immigration laws. The Attorney will also prepare applications for submission to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Immigration Court and represent clients before the various agencies.
Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the Community Staff Attorney include the following:
- Provide in-depth individual consultations to low-income immigrants to determine eligibility for immigration status. Consultations and client meetings occur in AFSC’s Red Bank office.
- Provide full representation before USCIS, local Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and where appropriate, before Federal Courts.
- Manage caseload and maintain client files in good order, including photocopying applications, letters, supporting documentation, and follow up work. Maintain client and case information in LawLogix.
- Translate documents or secure translations as necessary; secure interpretation assistance, as necessary.
- Provide educational presentations to immigrant communities.
- Provide education and training to service organizations, government agencies, schools and other groups on immigration law and policy.
- Partner with AFSC staff and community groups in outreach, education, and engagement of immigrant communities to cultivate their leadership and civic participation.
- In collaboration with AFSC staff and other stakeholders, engage in policy and advocacy work concerning issues raised by clients and constituents.
- Participate in AFSC staff meetings and case reviews.
- Prepare and submit reports in a timely manner to AFSC supervisors and committees. Compile quarterly narrative and statistical reports regarding case consultation and case representation. Assist in the documentation of the project’s experiences and in the preparation of AFSC quarterly reports and reports to funding sources.
- Attend immigration law training sessions and conferences.
Experience: Admission to a state bar required.
- One-two years’ minimum experience with immigration law and procedures preferred, including in representing people in complex removal proceedings.
- Demonstrated success working with vulnerable populations.
- Fluency in written and oral English and Spanish.
- Experience and comfort with public speaking.
- Self-motivation; ability to be detail oriented, well-organized, and to prioritize assignments and work load.
- Ability to communicate effectively and build mutually respectful relationships with co-workers, clients, and the public.
- Familiarity with software applications in a Windows environment, including Microsoft Word and LawLogix.
- Drivers’ license and access to car preferred; position requires some travel within New Jersey.
Other Required Skills and Abilities:
- Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
- Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
For consideration, please complete the online application at www.afsc.org/job-center.