PIRC is looking for a dynamic and energetic attorney who would like to join the Detention Programs team. PIRC is on the front line of legal advocacy for vulnerable immigrants in the midst of a continually changing legal landscape. If you want to hone your legal skills and make a difference in the lives of hundreds of detained immigrants, become a part of PIRC’s team.
PIRC’s Detention Programs provide education and direct legal representation to vulnerable immigrants, detained by the Department of Homeland Security in Pennsylvania immigration detention facilities. PIRC provides Legal Orientation Program (LOP) services at the York County Prison in York and at the Berks County Residential Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania. PIRC also provides direct representation and pro se legal assistance to detained immigrants facing removal from the United States including the most vulnerable immigrants who are survivors of torture or other trauma, living with a mental illness, or illiterate. The PIRC Detention Programs team provides services to immigrants from countries and cultures across the world, defending them in immigration removal proceedings.
The staff at PIRC are its greatest strength. At PIRC, staff work in a collaborative environment that encourages the sharing of ideas and victories, no matter the how large or small. PIRC offers a comprehensive benefits package including simple IRA with employer match, life insurance, health/dental/vision insurance, generous paid leave and flextime policies in a reflection of the organization’s commitment to self-care. Members of PIRC are passionate, intelligent, and hardworking individuals all committed to the common cause of providing access to justice for immigrants.
Fluency in Spanish, required.
Law degree and license to practice law before the bar of any state in the US, required.
Fundamental knowledge of immigration law and immigration court procedures and practice, preferred.
1+ years of immigration practice in removal defense preferred. Relevant clinical experience or course work will be considered.
Experience working with detained immigrants, preferred.
Strong written and oral advocacy skills, required.
Teaching experience and/or group presentation experience, highly desirable.
Well-organized and able to work well independently and collaboratively under pressure, required.
Demonstrated commitment to immigration issues and public interest law, preferred.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Based on education, training and experience
About The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC)
For immigrants in our community and in detention, the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) provides a unique combination of immigration legal services, advocacy, and education that provide protections to the most vulnerable immigrants in Pennsylvania. PIRC is an experienced provider of free, accessible, multilingual immigration services that empower, protect, and transform lives.