Position Summary: Catholic Charities East Bay works with youth, children, and families to promote self-sufficiency, strengthen families, and pursue safety and justice. Our Immigration Legal Services Department has provided relief for immigrants and refugees for over 35 years. With a full staff of attorneys, Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited representatives, law students, support staff, and volunteers in Oakland, Concord, and Richmond. Catholic Charities is one of the largest providers of immigration legal services for low-income families in the East Bay. Some of the immigration legal services we provides are: • Family-based visa petitions • Permanent residency (Green Card) application and renewal • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Renewals (DACA) • Citizenship and naturalization • SIJS • VAWA cases (victims of domestic abuse) and U-visas • Consultations regarding immigration options • Asylum cases .
The Immigration Legal Volunteer will be trained and mentored in assisting Catholic Charities Legal Staff with providing direct service to clients under the supervision of an attorney or a DOJ accredited representative. The majority of clients served by Catholic Charities are primarily Spanish speaking. As such, volunteers (ideally) need to be bilingual in English and Spanish. In addition, we are looking for volunteers who possess excellent communication, writing, organization, and analytical skills and a high level of professionalism. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone considering a future career in immigration law, social services and/or wanting to assist the immigrant community in the Bay Area.
• Provide basic information to clients who call or drop into Catholic Charities • Assist Catholic Charities legal staff with translation or note-taking for basic eligibility screenings for DACA, citizenship, U-visas, and other immigration relief • Assist with providing direct legal services by meeting with clients, preparing applications for relief, drafting client declarations, and submitting cases to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) under the supervision of Catholic Charities immigration attorneys or DOJ accredited representatives • Schedule confidential appointments with clients at our offices • Assist legal staff with client services by checking clients in on consult and workshop days, conducting the opening appointment for all legal cases, prepare file, accept client in INS-Zoom • Occasionally translate documents from Spanish to English – including birth certificates, marriage certificates, declarations, and more • Close case files and maintain closed cases according to office policy, including tracking deadlines • Answer phone calls, emails, and written correspondence from clients as needed • Assist our legal staff with presentations at outreach and community events, such as know your rights workshops • Assist legal staff with filing and data entry • Copy and scan documents as needed
Position Summary: Catholic Charities East Bay works with youth, children, and families to promote self-sufficiency, strengthen families, and pursue safety and justice. Our Immigration Legal Services Department has provided relief for…