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.

 


Director of Litigation  

Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Litigation will litigate claims on behalf of individuals, classes and organizational plaintiffs, including challenges to unlawful policies, practices and conduct by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, Citizenship and Immigration Services and DHS contractors.

The Director of Litigation will be responsible for the following:

  • Direct complex individual and class-action federal litigation involving immigrants’ rights, with an emphasis on constitutionally-based claims, civil rights actions, arbitrary government policies and practices, and conditions of immigration detention
  • Preparing Freedom of Information Act requests and handling related litigation, analyzing and compiling information obtained from FOIA requests; submitting appellate petitions for review, habeas petitions and mandamus actions
  • Coordinating media and other advocacy efforts surrounding litigation, including preparation of press releases, interviews, and other public speaking engagements
  • Developing and fostering strong relationships with local and national advocates to devise creative strategies for addressing systemic issues affecting immigrants
  • Directing amicus curiae strategy on behalf of AI Justice; preparing amicus briefs for federal and state appellate cases in collaboration with other advocates
  • Supervising and training an expanding litigation team
  • Providing mentorship and assistance to partnering pro bono lawyers

Location:

Miami, FL

Qualifications:

  • Minimum five years of experience with federal court litigation
  • Federal judicial clerkship experience a plus
  • Fundamental knowledge of immigration law and policy required
  • Excellent writing, research, analytical, organizational and communications skills
  • Ability to work closely and collegially with advocates, both within and outside AI Justice
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment, work well under pressure, and creatively leverage limited resources
  • Proficiency in Spanish is a plus

Education:

  • Juris Doctor degree
  • Membership in Florida Bar, U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

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, list of references, and writing sample to info@aijustice.org and include “DIRECTOR OF LITIGATION” 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.

 


Advocacy Director

Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Advocacy Director is a member of AI Justice’s senior staff and takes the lead in developing and implementing the organization’s policy/advocacy agenda at the local, state and national levels.

 The Advocacy Director will be responsible for the following:

  • Monitoring and analyzing relevant activity related to immigration policy on the local, regional, and national levels
  • Driving a strong policy and advocacy agenda consistent with the organization’s strategic plan and mission
  • Communicating with and briefing allies, stakeholders, and government officials through in-person meetings, written communications, and phone calls
  • Developing and disseminating policy statements, position papers, press releases, Op-Eds, sign-on letters, and comprehensive reports on issues related to immigration policy and/or AI Justice’s work
  • Serving as a spokesperson for the agency, including for Spanish-language media, to promote AI Justice’s work and awareness of the organization and immigration policy, including planning and organizing press conferences
  • Working closely with other NGO’s in Florida and nationally on advocacy issues of interest to AI Justice, including attending meetings
  • Representing AI Justice in the community to increase the agency’s visibility and community contacts
  • Working with the organization’s development team in support of AI Justice’s fundraising agenda, including participating in proposal writing, creation of marketing materials, donor meetings, funder recruitment, and events as needed
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director

Location:

Miami, FL

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years of advocacy experience at the regional or national level related to immigration policy.
  • Strong analytical and research skills, with extensive knowledge of immigration policy.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in both English and Spanish.
  • Experience in and comfort communicating with the media and high-level government officials.
  • Ability to communicate complex information in oral presentations to a range of audiences, in both English and Spanish.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, open to direction with collaborative work style and commitment to get the job done.
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically.
  • Ability to challenge and debate issues of importance to the organization.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively, including having strong planning and organizing skills and the ability to work well under pressure.
  • Willingness to travel for meetings.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.

Education:

  • Advanced (graduate) degree required
  • Juris Doctor degree with experience practicing immigration law preferred

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, list of references, and writing sample to info@aijustice.org and include “ADVOCACY DIRECTOR” 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.

 

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.