Details: Commensurate with experience.
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) supports people who have lost or left their homes. For over 100 years, the unwavering commitment of our leadership, team, network of service providers, and advocates has helped redirect the destiny of countless vulnerable lives. In neighborhoods, in Washington, and around the world, we break down barriers and demand justice for refugees and immigrants as they successfully integrate into new communities. We provide essential social and legal services to rebuild productive lives, turning tragedy into prosperity. We are a purpose driven organization with a mission to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supporting their transition to a dignified life. To learn more about our work, please visit our website at www.refugees.org.
The Staff Attorney will work as part of USCRI-North Carolina’s Nuevo Comienzo Program, which provides legal and social services to unaccompanied children in North Carolina’s Triangle Area. The successful candidate must be able to excel in a high-volume, fast-paced program that will involve coordinating stakeholders, pro bono attorneys, and immigrant and refugee clients. The successful candidate must also be committed to immigration and human rights issues and be able to conduct advocacy, trainings, and other outreach activities. This is an exempt, four-year position with the possibility of an extension. The position is based in our Raleigh, North Carolina office.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Conduct immigration legal consultations to screen potential clients for immigration relief;
- Represent clients before state court, USCIS, EOIR, and BIA in a variety of immigration matters, but with a primary focus on immigration relief for unaccompanied children;
- File all relevant paperwork and applications with government agencies, immigration court, and state courts where applicable;
- Attend immigration and state court hearings, and interviews and adjudications before government agencies;
- Build capacity to serve unaccompanied children by conducting trainings for pro bono attorneys on topics such as Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U Nonimmigrant Status, and T Nonimmigrant Status;
- Recruit and mentor pro bono attorneys who will provide legal assistance to unaccompanied children;
- Assist with training and supervision of Legal Assistant, pro bono attorneys, interns, and volunteers;
- Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports;
- Assist in the development of grants or contract proposals and reporting;
- Conduct outreach, lead trainings, and participate in networking activities;
- Make appropriate referrals to other service providers and relevant community partners;
- Maintain bar membership through continuing legal education; and
- Other duties as assigned.
- At least 2 years of experience in direct representation of clients in immigration proceedings;
- Admission to the North Carolina Bar;
- Bilingual (Spanish and English) required;
- Experience working with immigrants, low-income communities, children, survivors of domestic violence, survivors or sexual assault, or other gender-based violence;
- Experience in removal defense, asylum matters, and work with unaccompanied children is preferred;
- Good communication skills, flexibility, and good humor highly desirable;
- Experience supervising legal staff or interns;
- Excellent professional judgement;
- Ability to hit the ground working, multi-task, and work independently;
- Use of manual dexterity, tactile, visual, and audio acuity.
- Use of repetitive motion, prolonged periods of sitting and standing, and sustained visual and mental applications and demands.
- Occasional lifting (up to 25 pounds), bending, pulling, and carrying.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a policy of equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, domestic partnership status, marital status, physical or mental disability, AIDS/HIV status, age, political affiliation, genetic information, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Excellent benefits package.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please submit a resume with cover letter describing your interest and qualifications with your online application.Apply for Staff Attorney using the link below:
References will be required at time of the final interview.
No telephone calls please. Position will remain open until filled