PROGRAM & POSITION SUMMARY
The key mission of Catholic Charities Immigration Services is to assist newcomers in achieving not just legal status and economic self-sufficiency, but in becoming fully active participants in the social and civic life of our communities.
The Immigration Staff Attorney will provide robust direct legal representation to low-income individuals and families in the Bay Area in affirmative and defensive immigration matters, with a larger percentage of their caseload serving unaccompanied minors in Special Immigrant Juvenile visa cases.
This position serves clients from all over the Bay Area and will be based at either the San Francisco or San Mateo offices.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Responsible for individual caseload, providing affirmative and defensive immigration services, with a primary focus on Special Immigrant Juvenile visas and the representation of unaccompanied minors.
- Provides legal representation to low-income children in guardianship and parentage proceedings in California Superior Courts, San Francisco Immigration Court, or before USCIS, to more effectively advocate for them in SIJS and asylum cases, among other forms of benefits and/or relief.
- After determining that a client is entitled to any given immigration benefit, prepares applications or petitions and supporting evidence, and submits them accordingly, to the State Court, USCIS or to the Executive office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court).
- Works closely with partner community-based organizations to ensure that clients receive holistic service addressing their many needs beyond legal representation.
- Maintains proper client files and documentary evidence required to prove eligibility for legal benefits and equities under all applicable law. Maintains proper case management notes in Law Logix, the Center’s case management platform.
- Participates in community events (some of them on weekends) performing different tasks including but not limited to: consultation, supervision, and final case review.
- Uses cultural sensitivity and awareness to develop appropriate and effective strategies to address the needs and advance the rights of vulnerable communities.
- As opportunities arise, prepares and gives presentations on immigration legal benefits and facilitates workshops both at the Program’s permanent site, at the parishes within the Archdiocese of San Francisco and in other community event organized by our Agency, Latin-American consulates and other organizations.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education & Experience:
- Law degree; admitted and in good standing with the California State Bar required.
- A minimum of 1–3 year of experience providing direct legal immigration services and working knowledge of immigration law, policies and procedures preferred.
- UAC and SIJS related work experience strongly preferred.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) required.
- Capacity to work under pressure with minimal supervision.
- Capacity to discuss sensitive and traumatic topics with youth and other vulnerable populations.
- Computer proficiency (Immigration Software preferred, Word, PowerPoint, E-mail, Internet)
- Excellent listening, communication, facilitation and influencing skills.
- Demonstrated ability to supervise legal support staff.
- Demonstrated planning, presentation and organizational skills.
- Demonstrated creativity and high energy.
- Ability to market our programs, make sound judgments and maintain perspective.
- Collaborative and able to develop, support and maintain positive relationships.
- Flexible with schedule, able to work evenings and weekends as needed.
- Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in cross-cultural situations.
** Can work remotely or hybrid right now, BUT if there are hearings in state court, must be able to attend the hearings. MUST be a member of the CA State bar.