Children's Legal Program Staff Attorney
Americans for Immigrant Justice is an award-winning non-profit law firm that protects and promotes the basic human rights of immigrants. In Florida and on a national level, it champions the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children; advocates for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence; serves as a watchdog on immigration detention practices and policies; and speaks for immigrant groups who have particular and compelling claims to justice.
Its multicultural and multilingual staff works to build alliances between immigrant and nonimmigrant groups, including government, civic, social and faith-based communities.
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 non-immigrant status, and state court orders necessary to support SIJ applications. The Staff Attorney also will be required to conduct legal screenings of detained and non-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.
Qualifications: 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: Miami, 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.
How to apply To Apply: Submit resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write CHILDREN'S LEGAL PROGRAM STAFF ATTORNEY in the subject line. You may also mail your resume to Human Resources, Americans for Immigrant Justice, 3000 Biscayne Blvd., #400, Miami, FL 33137. Interviews: Top candidates will be invited to interview and submit references. AI Justice is an EOE/AA employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.