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Staff Attorney, Immigrant Children & Youth Program

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Description

GHIRP is an immigration legal services organization with 501(c)(3) status that officially launched in October 2020, with a mission to build a resilient, diverse community by providing comprehensive representation and holistic legal services to immigrants in need. GHIRP is seeking a Spanish-speaking immigration attorney to provide high quality legal services to immigrant children and youth detained in HHS/ORR facilities or released to sponsors in the Houston and Galveston areas.

Duties /Responsibilities

•Provide child-friendly and trauma-informed legal services to children who have been designated as unaccompanied minors, including Know Your Rights (KYR) presentations, individual screenings, pro se assistance, Friend of Court assistance, legal and social services referrals, and direct legal representation.

•Work closely with external stakeholders at HHS/ORR facilities to maintain a positive working relationship and ensure that detained children’s needs are being met.

•Represent minors before the Houston Immigration Court and in appeals at the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

•Prepare and file applications for legal relief and represent clients before the Immigration Court, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), state courts, and related entities.

•Manage a heavy caseload with complex immigration issues.

•Organize and maintain hard copy and electronic client files; comply with deadlines.

•Ensure contract compliance, including helping to prepare monthly funder reports and ensuring that data is entered accurately and timely as required.

•Coordinate client services with paralegals, legal clerks, interns, and volunteers in the Immigrant Children & Youth program.

•Work collaboratively with GHIRP’s Social Services Coordinator to address clients’ non-legal needs in a holistic manner.

•Participate in trainings, calls, and meetings with funders and technical assistance providers to stay up-to-date with new legal and programmatic developments.

•Participate in regular peer and supervisor review meetings and legal trainings.

•Collaborate with other agencies, stakeholders, and service providers to procure client services and network with like-minded organizations.

•Provide mentorship and trainings in order to recruit and train pro bono attorneys.

•Support special events and donation drives, as needed.

•Perform all other duties as needed and/or as directed by supervisor.

Requirements

• J.D. from ABA certified law school or international equivalent.

• Current Texas bar membership in good standing.

• Fluent in Spanish and English.

• Experience in immigration law is preferred. Law school experience will be considered.

• Advanced legal research and writing skills, excellent organizational skills.

• Highly self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced environment, work under pressure, and handle a large volume of clients, cases, and data.

• Must demonstrate strong communication skills, trauma-informed and child-friendly interviewing abilities, and an appreciation of multicultural experiences.

• Commitment to serving immigrants and sensitivity to the needs of low-income, culturally diverse clients.

• Texas Driver’s License; clean driving record; own vehicle; applicable auto insurance.

• Federal government clearance is required for this position.

Description

GHIRP is an immigration legal services organization with 501(c)(3) status that officially launched in October 2020, with a mission to build a resilient, diverse community by providing comprehensive representation and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Compensation

At least USD 65,000

Benefits

GHIRP has outstanding benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, short-term leave, life insurance, and paid holidays.

GHIRP has outstanding benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, short-term leave, life insurance, and paid holidays.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish and English is required.

Fluency in Spanish and English is required.

Location

On-site
6001 Savoy Dr, Houston, TX 77036, USA
Ste 400

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