Employment Opportunities

CHILDREN'S LEGAL PROGRAM STAFF ATTORNEY

Responsibilities:

AI Justice is seeking a qualified, full-time Staff Attorney for its work with unaccompanied immigrant children. Reporting to the Children's Legal Program Director, the Staff Attorney will provide comprehensive legal services to children in immigration shelters in South Florida. 

The Children's Legal Program Staff Attorney will be responsible for the following:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Conducting legal screenings of detained and non-detained unaccompanied minors to determine eligibility for legal relief and representation by AI Justice
  • Providing advice and counsel to unaccompanied minors
  • Complying with other program reporting

Location:

Miami, FL

Qualifications:

  • Preference for two years' 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 children, 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
  • 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

Education:

  • Juris Doctor degree
  • Florida Bar membership

Compensation:

This is a full-time, permanent position. Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a competitive benefits package.

How to apply:

Please email your cover letter, resume, and list of references to info@aijustice.org and include “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.

Due to the large response, only complete applications will be considered and only those applicants invited to interview will be contacted. Please do not call and do not contact us with unsolicited services or offers.

AI Justice is an EOE/AA employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.

Application deadline:

Open until filled. Must be ready to begin employment immediately. 


 

CHILDREN'S LEGAL PROGRAM SENIOR ATTORNEY

DUTIES:

AI Justice is seeking a qualified, full time Senior Attorney for its work with unaccompanied immigrant children. The Senior Attorney will represent unaccompanied immigrant children in complex legal matters, and provide mentoring and support to Staff Attorneys.

Specific Duties:

·       Work closely with the Children’s Legal Program Director to develop complex legal and advocacy strategies, mentor staff attorneys, and engage with stakeholders;

·       Provide direct representation to unaccompanied minors before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Executive Office of Immigration Review, Board of Immigration Appeals, and in Florida state court child welfare proceedings;

·       Help build and maintain effective relationships with public and private legal and social service organizations;

·       Contribute to local and national advocacy efforts on behalf of unaccompanied minors.

 

Qualifications:

·       The ideal candidate for this position will be energetic, friendly and responsible.

·       Minimum education: Law degree. Bar membership required; Florida admission preferred.

·       Minimum five years of experience assisting immigrants and asylum seekers in their claims for relief before immigration authorities. Experience working with unaccompanied immigrant children preferred.

·       Demonstrated commitment to defending the legal rights of immigrants.

·       Excellent written, oral and analytical skills;

·       Good organizational skills;

·       Good case management skills;

·       Knowledge of confidentiality requirements and understanding of importance given to those requirements.

·       Familiarity with Microsoft Office required. Knowledge of client database systems preferred.

·       Bilingual Spanish required.

 Education:

·       JD degree required.

How to apply:

Submit resume, writing sample, and references to info@aijustice.org 

Write SENIOR ATTORNEY in the subject line.

You may also mail your resume, writing sample, and references to Human Resources, Americans for Immigrant Justice, 3000 Biscayne Blvd., #400, Miami, FL 33137. PLEASE DO NOT CALL and DO NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers.

Interviews: Top candidates will be invited to interview. AI Justice is an EOE/AA employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.


 

DETENTION PROGRAM EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS FELLOW

DUTIES:

AI Justice seeks to sponsor law student applicants and recent law graduates for the 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Equal Justice Works provides two-year fellowships to graduating law students, outgoing judicial clerks and new attorneys who are motivated to work at a public interest law office. The fellow will work fulltime with AI Justice’s Detention Program. AI Justice will work with the fellow to craft an EJW fellowship project that will focus on assessing conditions of underserved detention facilities throughout Florida in an effort to engage in multi-layered advocacy to bring about systemic change. Job responsibilities include: Providing “Know Your Rights” presentations and legal screenings for detained immigrants, documenting detention conditions, 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 engaging in advocacy with local and national partners on behalf of detained immigrants. The Fellow will represent clients seeking immigration benefits, including asylum and release from immigration custody. The Fellow also will be required to conduct legal screenings of detained immigrants to determine eligibility for legal relief and representation by AI Justice, provide advice and counsel to detained immigrants, and comply with other program reporting.

 

Qualifications:

  • Preference for experience in immigration law, including experience with detention, asylum, and criminal law as it relates to immigration consequences
  • 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 legal clinics in law school would be especially helpful
  • Fully bilingual, including reading and writing, in English and Spanish required
  • Must have own transportation
  • Must be willing to travel to remote detention facilities throughout Florida
  • Must be willing to submit to an extensive background check, including FBI, statewide repository, and sex offender registry checks
  • Fellow must be graduating with a JD in 2018 or a recent law graduate, bar admission required within first year of employment

Location: 

Miami, FL

Compensation: 

Salary commensurate with experience. AI Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package.

How to apply:

Submit cover letter, resume, and references to info@aijustice.org. Please write DETENTION PROGRAM EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS FELLOW in the subject line. You may also mail your resume to Human Resources, Americans for Immigrant Justice, 3000 Biscayne Blvd., #400, Miami, FL 33137.

Application deadline:

September 7, 2017. Must be ready to begin employment fall of 2018. 

Interviews: Top candidates will be invited to interview. AI Justice is an EOE/AA employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.


 

MAIN OFFICE
3000 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 400
Miami, FL 33137
T 305-573-1106
F 305-576-6273
E-Mail: info@aijustice.org

WASHINGTON D.C. OFFICE
10 G Street NE.
Suite 710
Washington, DC 20002
T 202-248-5080

About Us:

AI Justice is an award-winning non-profit law and advocacy firm that protects and promotes the basic human rights of immigrants. In Florida and on a national level, we champion the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children; advocate for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence; serve as a watchdog on immigration detention practices and policies; and speak for immigrant groups who have particular and compelling claims to justice.