Senior Attorney - Detained Adult Program

Published 6 days ago

Who We Are:

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is the only non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area focused exclusively on providing free legal assistance to child and adult immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region.


Position Summary:

A Senior Attorney in the Detained Adult Program focuses on (i) the provision of direct legal services under a universal representation model to immigrant adults held in facilities in Virginia and Maryland, (ii) the supervision of staff attorneys and legal assistants (also including supervision of interns and fellows); and (iii) the mentoring of pro bono attorneys. This position is based in our Baltimore, Maryland office and will work primarily with our Maryland focused universal representation project/public defender model. This project provides legal representation to detained immigrants regardless of their criminal history and immigration procedural postures.

 Our Work Environment:

CAIR Coalition’s Detained Adult Program (DAP) is a highly collaborative work environment. We work in smaller focused teams around various direct representation and legal orientation projects, but all DAP colleagues are interconnected through, for example, case workshopping, appeals management, advocacy initiatives, and staff-run committees such as our Equity & Inclusion Committee.

DAP staff have been a source of expertise in the highly complex and ever-changing immigration system. We have persisted through administration changes, policy shifts, and attacks on the rights and freedoms of immigrants through collaborations that arise to address challenges or to brainstorm and implement affirmative strategies.

We center impacted people in our advocacy and media. We embrace the movements to bring universal representation, an end to detention, and meaningful due process to the U.S. immigration system in our work, which also staying focused on the practical work we are trained to do and where we are most useful in this space. We grow our reach and skill set when resources permit and there is interest!

General Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Manages caseload of direct legal representation of detained clients in removal proceedings primarily before the Arlington and/or Baltimore Immigration Courts. This includes representation types such as Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Protection under the Convention against Torture, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U-Visas, T-Visas, and Cancellation of Removal.
  • Provide direct supervision to staff attorneys on direct representation cases, including supervision and assistance of (i) case strategy, (ii) trial preparation, and (iii) case load management.
  • Provide expert mentoring to outside attorneys representing detained immigrants on a pro bono basis.
  • Manage a caseload of in-house direct representation case and pro bono mentorship cases to ensure timely completion and submission of all filings, forms, etc.
  • Preparation of Post Release Plans and social service plans, in coordination with social services staff.
  • Research, engage, and prepare experts on health, behavioral health, and country conditions.

Detention Facility Services:

  • Conduct client visits at government detention centers depending on case specific needs. Supervise and oversee staff participation at jail visits.
  • Conduct intakes with immigrants at the detention facilities or telephonically as needed. Provide necessary follow-up after intakes to ensure universal representation program eligibility, evaluate eligibility for relief, including performing research, securing criminal/juvenile delinquency records and obtaining additional information from family and community members.

Organizational Services:

  • Assists program management on the implementation of long-term program plans and strategy focused on increasing access to counsel under a universal representation model.
  • Ensures the inputting and accuracy of data and case information into shared databases in a timely fashion, including for supervised staff.
  • Assist other program staff in completion of their workload during high-work/low bandwidth periods.
  • Participates in stakeholder relationship activities, including in-person and telephonic meetings with community groups, governmental bodies and representatives, and other legal service providers.
  • Conducts trainings and stakeholder meetings with detention center staff.
  • Engages with internal CAIR Coalition committees and working groups to lend a voice to the growth and strategy of the organization.
  • Undertakes own administrative functions, including for casework (e.g., preparation of all aspects of filings). CAIR Coalition attorneys do not have dedicated paralegals for assistance on cases and non-attorney staff time is dedicated to client-facing tasks.

Program-Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Members of the Detained Adult program, in addition to the responsibilities above, also:

  • Coordinate with all internal DAP Programs (e.g., LOP, NQRP, Uni-Rep) to ensure all programs are kept abreast of developments and clients.

What Else You Should Know:


Commensurate with experience working in legal services. The salary range is $65,300-$80,750. 



This position may require travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with all CAIR Coalition safety protocols.


Position Location

Baltimore, MD or Washington, DC

 While local applicants are preferred, we will consider qualified non-local applicants to work remotely through September 2022.


This is a full-time in-person position. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all CAIR Coalition staff are currently working remotely. It is anticipated that staff will work from their respective offices on November 1, 2021. This date is subject to change.


Competencies Required:

Legal Proficiency

The Senior Attorney demonstrates a solid understanding of legal concepts at a level that allows them to provide services to clients with limited supervision. The Senior Attorney clearly and skillfully employs the law in written and oral presentations and assists junior staff in doing the same. The Senior Attorney has taken on multiple hearings or interviews for clients with limited supervision. The Senior Attorney is able to competently supervise Staff Attorneys on client interaction matters and legal strategy, research, and writing. The Senior Attorney demonstrates cultural competency and trauma-informed practices.


Client and Programmatic Proficiency

The Senior Attorney competently handles, and supervises, all required programmatic obligations (staff supervision, program reporting requirements, intake, follow-up, relief eligibility memos for pro bono placement, etc.). The Senior Attorney manages their supervision responsibilities and in-house and pro bono mentoring caseload to allow for proper prioritization and thoughtful use of time and resources. The Senior Attorney supervises junior staff to ensure programmatic efficiency and efficacy. The Senior Attorney exercises sound judgment and decision-making skills and identifies when issues must be elevated to management.



The Senior Attorney ensures that all administrative aspects of their position (and of their supervisees’), attendant to the provision of services to clients, are carried out without managerial intervention, including timekeeping, file upkeep, database upkeep, etc.).


Qualifications Required:

  • JD and relevant experience in immigration law.
  • Must be licensed to practice law and in good standing with a state bar.
  • Written and oral Spanish fluency is mandatory.
  • Driver’s license required.

To Apply:

Complete the application in its entirety. Be sure to upload a cover letter, resume, and writing sample focused on an immigration related legal issue. 

Who We Are:

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is the only non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area focused exclusively on providing free legal assistance to child and adult immigrants detained by the government…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Application Deadline
    October 15, 2021


USD 65,300 - USD 80,750Commensurate with experience working in legal services. The starting salary is $65,300.



CAIR Coalition’s benefits package includes (a) subsidized health, dental insurance, and vision insurance (CAIR Coalition pays a very high rate of the insurance package, for which we can provide additional information); (b) life insurance valued at $50,000, as well as long and short term disability; (d) the option to set up a Flexible Spending Account (beginning January 1, 2021); and (d) the option to set up a 403(b) account (the equivalent of a 401(k) account for nonprofits) which the organization has the option, for all employees on an annual basis, to match at a certain percentage after one year of continuous employment.


Paid Time-Off:

  • 23 personal days per calendar year
  • Up to 20 days of sick time per calendar year
  • 7 hours of volunteer time
  • Federal holidays
  • Winter break closure

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with anti-discrimination law, it is the purpose of this policy to effectuate these principles and mandates. CAIR Coalition prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. CAIR Coalition conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.


CAIR Coalition’s benefits package includes (a) subsidized health, dental insurance, and vision insurance (CAIR Coalition pays a very high rate of the insurance package, for…

Level of Language Proficiency

Written and oral Spanish fluency is mandatory.

Written and oral Spanish fluency is mandatory.


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Baltimore, MD
Associated Location
Baltimore, MD, USA

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