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Immigration Staff Attorney

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Haitian Bridge Alliance
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San Diego, CA
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Published 4 days ago

Haitian Bridge Alliance, Inc. (HBA) also known as “The BRIDGE” is a 501(c)(3) grassroots nonprofit community organization that advocates for fair and humane immigration policies and provides migrants and immigrants with humanitarian, legal, and social services, with a particular focus on Black migrants, the Haitian community, women and girls, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and survivors of torture and other human rights abuses. HBA works to elevate the issues unique to Black migrants and build solidarity and collective movement toward policy change. 

HBA is made up of, and collaborates with, diverse people from different backgrounds, cultures, languages, classes, and education levels. HBA is committed to extending the values it fights for to its working environment and relations, and expects its staff and volunteers to be committed to the core values of integrity, honesty, fairness, openness, respect, and responsibility.  

IMMIGRATION STAFF ATTORNEY

HBA is looking for an immigration staff attorney who is highly motivated and self-directed, and can manage a caseload of asylum and other types of immigration cases. The attorney will collaborate with the managing attorney and legal director on their cases as well as other staff attorneys, legal assistants, fellows, interns, and/or volunteers. The immigration staff attorney will provide support for TPS holders and those eligible for TPS, work with asylum seekers in detention, and help manage a pro bono legal referral project with the National Bar Association and AILA. Working environment is fast-paced but flexible.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal screenings and intake interviews with asylum seekers across the United States;
  • Provide legal consultations and direct representation to immigrants including asylum seekers in detained and non-detained cases;
  • Provide remote, limited scope legal assistance to asylum seekers in removal proceedings, including assisting with credible fear interviews, bonds and parole requests, and filing motions to change venue, asylum applications, and notices of appeal;
  • Provide legal consultations and direct services to TPS holders and those eligible for TPS;
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with legal services providers around the country;
  • Assist in placing cases with legal service providers, including helping manage a pro bono legal referral project with the National Bar Association and AILA;
  • Strategize and collaborate with other legal service providers on how best to meet the needs of the Black immigrant population and improve access to legal representation, particularly in detention centers near the U.S.-Mexico border;
  • Maintain client communication;
  • Identify, analyze and advocate for fair immigration policy that affect asylum seekers and other immigrants, and lead immigration policy advocacy campaigns; 
  • Attend national and international coalition policy meetings; 
  • Provide trainings and outreach to Black immigrant communities, partner organizations, and allies in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Haiti;
  • Assist legal director in research and preparation of white papers and legal/policy reports; 
  • Other duties as requested based on the team and/or organization’s need.

This is a full-time, salaried exempt position. Competitive salary and benefits.

Qualifications

  • English fluency is required; French or Haitian Kreyol fluency is strongly preferred;
  • Must have a J.D. and be licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction;
  • Minimum 1-3 years of asylum or immigration law experience is required (salary will reflect experience);
  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Strong oral communication skills, including in both legal advocacy and client communications;
  • Applicants should be self-directed and self-reliant, highly organized, flexible, able to juggle multiple projects at once, and able to work in a fast-paced and often stressful environment;
  • Willingness to live and work in Southern California is strongly preferred;
  • Ability to travel within the United States and Mexico is preferred.

HBA is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from Black immigrants, Indigenous people, people of color (BIPOC), Latinx people, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ people, women, and members of underrepresented communities.

Haitian Bridge Alliance, Inc. (HBA) also known as “The BRIDGE” is a 501(c)(3) grassroots nonprofit community organization that advocates for fair and humane immigration policies and provides migrants and immigrants with humanitarian, legal, and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    November 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    October 31, 2021
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

Competitive salary and benefits.

Benefits

Competitive salary and benefits.

Competitive salary and benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency

English fluency is required; French or Haitian Kreyol fluency is strongly preferred.

English fluency is required; French or Haitian Kreyol fluency is strongly preferred.

Location

On-site
San Diego, CA, USA

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