The Agency: Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice), a not-for-profit legal services organization founded in 1996 to protect and promote the basic human rights of immigrants, has a multicultural and a multilingual staff. AI Justice has represented clients from around the world and is recognized as a powerful advocate and national leader for immigrants' rights. AI Justice works closely with traditional civil rights groups as well as grassroots organizations and local, state and national government officials to affect positive change in immigration policies.
DUTIES: AI Justice is seeking a qualified, full-time Staff Attorney for its work with unaccompanied immigrant children. Job responsibilities include: Legal representation in immigration proceedings before the Immigration Court; appellate proceedings before the Board of Immigration Appeals; proceedings before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and proceedings in state family and juvenile courts within the Miami Immigration Court jurisdiction. The Staff Attorney will represent clients seeking immigration benefits, including asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, and/or T or U nonimmigrant status, and state court orders necessary to support SIJ applications. The Staff Attorney also will be required to conduct legal screenings of detained unaccompanied minors to determine eligibility for legal relief and representation by AI Justice, provide advice and counsel to unaccompanied minors, and comply with other program reporting.
Preference for experience in immigration law, including experience with Special Immigrant Juvenile, asylum, VAWA, T and/or U visa cases
Preference for experience in family, child welfare and/or juvenile law related matters
Preference for experience working with domestic violence victims and/or other victims of trauma
Strong writing, research and analytical skills; strong communication and group leadership skills
Interest in policy advocacy at the national level
Excellent presentation skills for community outreach, education and training
Ability to work independently and under pressure
Ability to work well with people of diverse educational, cultural and professional backgrounds
Experience with immigration and/or child dependency legal clinics in law school would be especially helpful
Experience working with children is a plus
Fully bilingual, including reading and writing, in English and Spanish required
Must have own transportation
Must be willing to submit to an extensive background check, including FBI, statewide repository, and sex offender registry checks
JD degree required. Florida Bar membership required.
Location: Palm Springs, FL
Application deadline: Open until filled. Must be ready to begin employment immediately.
Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. AI Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: AI Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package.
About Americans for Immigrant Justice
Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice - formerly FIAC), a not-for-profit law firm founded in 1996 to protect and promote the basic human rights of immigrants, has a multicultural and multilingual staff. AI Justice has represented clients from around the world and is recognized as a powerful advocate and national leader for immigrant rights. AI Justice works closely with traditional civil rights organizations as well as with grassroots organizations and local, state and national government officials to affect positive change in immigration policies.