Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000
Maximum: $65,000



Application Deadline



511 E San Ysidro Blvd Ste 333
San Ysidro
United States


Al Otro Lado is hiring a team to serve immigrant parents and children separated at the border, with a focus on assisting parents who have been deported without their children and parents detained in Southern California. The Family Separation Staff Attorney will conduct “know your rights” clinics for asylum-seeking families in Tijuana migrant shelters, and engage volunteers to conduct legal screenings at clinics, accompany families to the border, track for new cases of family separation, and prepare parole requests for detained parents. The Staff Attorney will engage with the San Diego Federal Public Defender and our nonprofit partners to receive referrals of separated families, coordinate with Office of Refugee Resettlement-funded legal service providers to coordinate reunification with children detained outside of California, and represent parents detained in Southern California.

This position is based at Al Otro Lado’s Tijuana office of the Border Rights Project (location confidential for security purposes), and services will focus on parents detained in Southern California, with regular travel to shelters in Tijuana, Mexico and the Otay Mesa Detention Center (estimated three times a week).

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Create “Know Your Rights” presentations, workshops, and materials specifically for asylum seeking families in Tijuana, providing information on parent’s rights and children’s rights while detained.
  • Create practice advisories and educational materials for attorneys and other community groups working with separated families, including the criminal defense bar serving parents in Operation Streamline/1325 or 1326 proceedings.
  • Screen parents at detention facilities for relief and possible representation.
  • Provide direct representation to parents separated from children. This may include representation in credible fear and reasonable fear interviews, representation in immigration proceedings and custody redetermination hearings before the Immigration Court, representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals, representation in applications before USCIS, and other related services.
  • Coordinate return to home country, if desired by the client, to ensure parents and children are returned together. This will include extensive interaction and relationship building between different government agencies and stakeholders.
  • Administrative duties as needed.

This is a full-time, salaried exempt position, available for one year with potential to extend depending on need and funding. Competitive salary ($60,000-$65,000 DOE) and benefits.

Fluency in Spanish is required. The applicant must be licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction; California Bar preferred. We are seeking applicants with a minimum of 1-2 years of immigration experience; we will consider immigration paralegal experience, organizing experience, and/or law school clinic experience. Applicants should be self-directed and self-reliant, highly organized, flexible, and able to work in a high volume setting with limited resources. This position requires regular travel to detention facilities, and the applicant must have reliable transportation and be able to cross the US-Mexico border.



Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish is required. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, with three professional references to Erika Pinheiro at, with Director of Family Reunification Project in the subject line. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Al Otro Lado values diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of under-represented communities.