Immigration Paralegal

Job Type

Full Time




2220 Broadway St.
United States


“Deportation Defense Houston” is a project of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, which brings together a cohort of immigration legal service providers (currently, YMCA International Services, BakerRipley, Justice for Our Neighbors-Houston, and the South Texas College of Law Houston) to take on an innovative and aggressive approach to defending immigrants who are detained while their removal proceedings are pending. Members of the cohort will be meeting regularly, collaboratively placing cases, sharing data, tracking trends, and adjusting strategies as needed.

The Legal Assistant will provide the detention staff attorney in the provision of high-quality immigration legal services to low-income detained immigrants at the three Houston area detention facilities. The Legal Assistant should have a strong commitment to public interest law and to the empowerment of immigrant communities.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Conduct client screenings, intakes, and follow-up interviews at detention facilities
  • Meet with clients to prepare and review applications for filing
  • Receive case assignments, organize case files, maintain case list for the attorney and generate case statistics
  • Maintain case files and update the case-tracking system
  • Provide interpretation and translation support in client matters
  • Conduct research in law and country conditions background
  • Prepare documents and files for Immigration Court, DHS, and USCIS
  • Conduct community outreach and community legal education
  • Staff the Immigrant Rights Hotline: answer phone, give updated information, respond to messages
  • Collect and process incoming mail and prepare packages for mailing
  • Other duties, activities, and responsibilities, as assigned

Required Qualifications and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • One to two years’ work experience in legal services or human services (one year of recent paralegal experience in family-based immigration or removal defense strongly preferred)
  • Fluency in English and Spanish (written, spoken and comprehension)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish
  • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income or immigrant populations
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to manage caseload, strict deadlines, and other tasks simultaneously
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access
  • Have reliable transportation, valid Texas Driver’s License, and evidence of insurance


Justice For Our Neighbors-Houston is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, immigration status, disability or veteran status.

Level of Language Proficiency

Candidate must be fluent in English and Spanish (written, spoken and comprehension).

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to: Kathy Kraiza, with "DDH Paralegal" in the subject line. Applicants will be reviewed as they are received. Candidates must have authorization to work in the United States.