The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for a Case Support Specialist position to be based in Harlingen, Texas. The Case Support Specialist will work on cases involving the separation of immigrant children from their parents by U.S. immigration authorities and cases involving vulnerable, unaccompanied immigrant children.
The Young Center is a children’s rights organization dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate for vulnerable, unaccompanied and separated children. Our role is to identify and advocate for the best interests of children in federal custody, applying federal and state law and long-recognized principles of the best interests of the child. In the last year, we have been appointed as Child Advocate to an increasing number of children who arrived at the U.S. border with their parents but who were separated by immigration authorities; we also continue to work with unaccompanied children who face prolonged custody or separation from family.
The Case Support Specialist will be responsible for administrative support related to cases where the Young Center is appointed as Child Advocate for separated and unaccompanied children. The Case Support Specialist will review and gather information for all referrals sent to an office for the appointment of a Child Advocate. Once the Young Center is appointed to a case, the Case Support Specialist will be responsible for locating children’s family members; identifying government officials working on the cases; and facilitating regular communication between the child and family member and between the Young Center and government officials. When children are to be released from custody or repatriated to their countries of origin, the Case Support Specialist will coordinate with the child, the family, and government and consular officials to ensure everyone has the information necessary to ensure the child’s safety post-release. The Case Support Specialist will also assist with gathering and reporting data on our work on these cases; help to submit recommendations for immigration court or other agencies; and assist with other administrative casework.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The Case Support Specialist’s primary responsibilities will be:
Review all referrals for appointment of Child Advocate (from government officials, attorneys, others) and gather any missing information
Identify and locate child’s parents or other family members in the United States or in home country
Develop contact information for all government stakeholders in a case (for example, a parent’s deportation officer, a child’s case manager) and compile the information in the child’s file
Schedule and facilitate communication between children and parents and between Young Center advocates, children and stakeholders
Review documentation from child’s case, including the ORR case file to identify and flag documents for review by supervising staff; gather missing documentation relevant to child’s case
Identify mental health experts and other professionals whose expertise may be necessary in advocating for the child’s best interests and arrange logistics for meetings, consultations or evaluations
Identify potential services for the child upon reunification or release from custody, in coordination with supervising staff
Identify potential services in child’s country of origin for the child upon repatriation, in coordination with supervising staff
Enter information into the Young Center case management system
Routinely check information on government hotline and update case management spreadsheet
Prepare Young Center recommendations for electronic or in-person filing with government officials and immigration courts
Other responsibilities as assigned
Fluency in Spanish
Experience working with children or families, or in support of immigrant communities
Tenacity in pursuing information and following up when requests are unanswered
Oral communication that conveys professionalism, expertise and empathy
Excellent time management, organizational, and documentation skills
Ability to work collaboratively and to balance multiple time-sensitive tasks
Passion and optimism for the issues affecting immigrant children and their families
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Physical demands include regular attendance; keyboarding; sitting for long periods (at least 5 hours a day); driving. Ability to use computer, telephone, and copy machine. Ability to travel by plane, car and other conveyances within U.S.
Job offer is conditioned on clearance of fingerprint criminal background check, child abuse and neglect check (CANTS) and tuberculosis test.
The Young Center is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. Young Center encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veterans’ status. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.
Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, visit us at theyoungcenter.org/careers and submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and a list of references.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. The Young Center provides excellent benefits including health/dental/vision insurance (employee & dependents) at no cost to the employee, paid vacation and sick time, and a 401(k) plan.
About Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country serving as Child Advocate for detained, unaccompanied children pursuant to the TVPRA.