Status: Full-Time, Specific-Term through October 31, 2021
Number of Openings: Multiple
Location: Newark, NJ
Application Deadline: December 6, 2020
For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume in the application.
Summary of Principal Responsibilities
The Senior Detention Attorney will be part of the Detention and Deportation Defense Initiative, a project that provides representation for immigrants who are detained by ICE at immigration facilities in New Jersey and facing removal hearings at either the Newark or Elizabeth Immigration Courts. The Senior Detention Attorney is responsible for: direct legal representation; mentoring detention attorneys and staff; and participation in statewide and nationwide detention-related advocacy activities.
Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the Senior Detention Attorney include the following:
- Provide in-depth individual consultations and representation to indigent, unrepresented immigrant detainees before the Elizabeth and Newark Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals.
- Provide support and mentorship to AFSC Detention Attorneys and Legal Assistants on substantive legal issues.
- Provide expertise in a specialized area (e.g. federal litigation, crim-imm issues, mental health issues) and serve as a resource to AFSC staff for this area of law, including providing trainings and case consultations.
- Manage caseload and maintain client files in good order, including photocopying applications, letters, supporting documentation, and follow up work. Maintain client and case information in Law Logix.
- Participate in meetings with Department of Homeland Security representatives, jail staff and service providers on detention issues.
- Monitor conditions and access at the detention center and jails for use in reports and advocacy activities.
- Compile quarterly narrative and statistical reports regarding case consultation and case representation. Assist in the documentation of FRINJ’s experiences and in the preparation of AFSC quarterly reports and reports to funding sources.
- Conduct presentations on immigration and detention issues to the general public.
- Respond to the media to publicize detention practices and policies and the impact of detention on immigrants and their families.
- Participate in AFSC staff meetings and case reviews.
Education: Admission to a state bar required.
- A minimum of three years’ experience with immigration law and procedures preferred, especially detained removal defense, with expertise in federal litigation, it, or mental health issues.
- Excellent legal skills and understanding of movement lawyering principles.
- Bilingual English/Spanish or English/French highly desirable.
- Strong written and oral communication skills including public speaking.
- Self-motivated, detail oriented, well-organized, able to prioritize assignments and workload.
- Ability to communicate effectively and build mutually respectful relationships with co-workers, clients, the public and donors.
- Familiarity with software applications in a Windows environment, including Microsoft Word and Law Logix.
- Ability to work some evenings and weekends; ability to travel out of state.
Other Required Skills and Abilities:
- Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
- Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.
Compensation: Salary $68,000 - Exempt – Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker’s compensation and social security.
The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, national origin, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
AFSC’s Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This position is represented.
The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.