About Tahirih: The Tahirih Justice Center is a national, nonprofit organization that serves women, girls, and other immigrant survivors fleeing gender-based violence. Our interdisciplinary, trauma-informed model of service combines free legal and social services with bridge-building policy advocacy and research-based training and education. Our programs efficiently and effectively leverage donated professional services from a vast network of attorneys, medical professionals, and other experts to serve as many immigrant survivors as possible. By amplifying the experiences of survivors in communities, courts, and Congress, Tahirih’s mission is to create a world in which all people share equal rights and live in safety and with dignity. [Learn more about Tahirih’s Values, including our Commitment to Anti-Racism.]
Tahirih is seeking to hire a full-time Immigration Staff Attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area office. The primary function of the Immigration Staff Attorney will be to provide client-centered, trauma-informed and culturally competent legal advice, counsel and representation to immigrant individuals who are survivors of gender-based violence in asylum cases, claims brought under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and other related immigration matters, including T and U visas. The immigration attorney will collaborate with cross-department colleagues within an interdisciplinary client services team.
Work collaboratively with interdisciplinary teammates as one client-services team to deliver high quality, holistic services that center the client
Conduct trauma-informed, client-centered, legal screenings and intakes to service seekers who are immigrant survivors of gender-based violence to evaluate and explain possible immigration legal remedies
Provide trauma-informed, client-centered and culturally competent direct legal representation to clients in immigration law before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) pursuant to government grant compliance/metrics
Co-counsel immigration legal cases placed with the San Francisco Bay Area pro bono network by providing mentorship and collaborative case management.
Prepare and conduct outreach and education programs on immigration law and domestic violence to stakeholder groups
Represent Tahirih in coalition meetings; network and build relationships with like-minded organizations
Maintain accurate data entry and record-keeping for grant-funded projects
Occasionally contribute to grant proposals, reports and periodic communications pieces
Supervise paralegal and legal interns when applicable
Current bar membership in good standing in any state in the US or District of Columbia
At least 3-5 years of experience representing immigrant women and/or girls in asylum, VAWA, T visa, and/or U visa cases before the DHS, Immigration Courts and BIA strongly preferred; candidates with exceptional clinical or internship experience may also be considered
Strong substantive understanding of U.S. immigration law; candidates with family-based immigration law and consular processing practice, are encouraged to apply
Experience working with survivors of domestic violence and trauma
Excellent legal analysis, written and oral advocacy and presentation skills
Responsible, self-initiating, and focused, with proven ability to work independently and also collaboratively in a team-based decision-making environment
Experience designing trainings and presenting to legal and non-legal audiences is a plus
Represent Tahirih’s mission and values among stakeholders
Meticulous organizational habits with an ability to manage a complex caseload, establish priorities, and meet deadlines
Strong interpersonal skills and record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills; experience working with clients, staff and interns of diverse backgrounds
Commitment to learning and promoting the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Fluency in Spanish is desired
Commitment to Tahirih’s foundational values and mission, and demonstrated commitment to legal services, public interest law, and/or social justice
Understanding of the law firm and pro bono culture a plus.
Able to travel on occasion and attend functions from time to time outside regular business hours.
Annual salary and benefits: The salary range for this position is $67,000 – $73,000 and will be commensurate to experience and qualifications. Generous benefits include employee and dependent health, vision and dental insurance (Tahirih pays 80% of the premium for employees and 60% for dependents); a 401(k) defined contribution retirement plan; flexible work schedules; professional development including in-house training programs, staff enrichment retreats and other growth opportunities. Employees have a very generous self-managed leave benefit inclusive of vacation, sick and holidays, including an office closure the week between Christmas and New Year’s.
Submissions: Please include a cover letter, resume, writing sample (no more than 10 pages), and a list of three references.
Please note: Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
Tahirih Justice Center is committed to diversity, equity and unity as core values. We practice inclusiveness in decision making through consultation with employees throughout the organization. Tahirih seeks to hire and retain employees whose diversity reflects the communities we serve. We encourage candidates who are committed to equity and who are from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and identities to apply.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Tahirih Justice Center
The Tahirih Justice Center is a national, nonprofit organization that serves women, girls, and other immigrant survivors fleeing gender-based violence. Our interdisciplinary, trauma-informed model of service combines free legal and social services with bridge-building policy advocacy and research-based training and education. Our programs efficiently and effectively leverage donated professional services from a vast network of attorneys, medical professionals, and other experts to serve as many immigrant survivors as possible. By amplifying the experiences of survivors in communities, courts, and Congress, Tahirih’s mission is to create a world in which all people share equal rights and live in safety and with dignity.