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Virginia Immigration Staff Attorney

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Ayuda | Fairfax, VA
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ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

Ayuda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing direct legal, social and language access services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Ayuda envisions a community where all immigrants succeed and thrive in the United States. Since 1973, Ayuda has helped low-income immigrants achieve safety and stability for themselves and their families by providing legal services in the areas of immigration law, domestic violence protection orders and family law, as well as social services and access to interpreters and translators. Ayuda has office locations in Washington, DC, Silver Spring,MD, and Fairfax, VA.

WHY YOU WANT THIS JOB?

  • Because, just like everyone at Ayuda, you believe:
  • In seeing communities where all immigrants succeed and thrive in the United States.
  • In the overall success of our organization and all our programs.
  • That families should be healthy and safe from harm.
  • That all people should have access to professional, honest, and ethical services, regardless of ability to pay or status in this country.
  • That diversity and equality make this country better.

WHAT WILL THIS JOB ENTAIL?

  • Provide direct legal representation to low-income immigrants in a variety of matters before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), with a focus on serving immigrant survivors of intimate-partner violence, human trafficking, and vulnerable children and youth
  • Provide legal representation to children either in ORR custody or formerly in ORR custody released to custodians in Northern Virginia, including representation in removal proceedings, state court custody matters in Virginia, and applications for other forms of relief before USCIS
  • Where necessary, advocate on behalf of clients who have been victims of crimes, including human trafficking, in interactions with law enforcement
  • Attend local and regional stakeholder, coalition, and advocacy meetings as a representative of Ayuda and on behalf of Ayuda’s client population
  • Stay current on relevant laws and policies by attending trainings and conferences and reviewing new laws, regulations and court rules
  • Assist with preparation of grant applications, grant administration, and reports
  • Other duties as assigned.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU CAN DO THIS JOB?

  • Member in good standing with the VA bar or immediately eligible for admission upon motion to the VA bar strongly preferred, license to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction required;
  • Bilingual skills required, with Spanish language skills strongly preferred (other languages commonly spoken by Ayuda’s clients include Tagalog, French, Ixchil, other indigenous languages spoken in Central America, Portuguese, Arabic, and Amharic);
  • Strong legal, organizational and time-management skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team;
  • Experience in immigration law, with litigation and removal defense experience a plus;
  • Experience working with children and/or child custody or guardianship petitions a plus;
  • Experience working with survivors of trauma a plus;
  • Availability to begin work as soon as possible (contingent on funder approval) preferred; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial and economic justice.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

The salary is commensurate with experience and consistent with Ayuda’s attorney salary scale. Attorneys with one full year of relevant experience, for example, would start at $60,000. Ayuda’s compensation includes a robust benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, long-term disability insurance, life and AD&D insurance as well as an employer-provided retirement match. All federal holidays are observed, and Ayuda offers paid leave for the week of Christmas through New Year’s Day in addition to generous sick and vacation leave, three personal days per calendar year, and three floating holidays to allow for flexibility in religious or cultural observances. This position is exempt for overtime purposes.

TO APPLY:

Please apply with resume and cover letter. Writing samples may be requested.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Apply early for full consideration. No phone calls, please.

Ayuda is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, native language,protected veteran status, or any other protected ground and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

We value a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented communities.


ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

Ayuda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing direct legal, social and language access services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Ayuda…

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  • Full Time Schedule

Location

2701 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA 22031

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