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Bilingual Immigration Staff Attorney

Legal | Washington, DC | Full Time

Job Description

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

Ayuda is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing direct legal and social services, education and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Through its offices in Washington, DC, and Falls Church, VA, Ayuda has amassed a 43-year history of providing critical services on a wide range of issues and, in the process, has acquired nationally recognized expertise in immigration law, domestic violence and human trafficking, among other fields.

WHY DO YOU WANT THIS JOB?

Because, just like everyone at Ayuda, you believe:

  • In seeing communities where all immigrants overcome obstacles to succeed and thrive in the United States.
  • In the overall success of our organization and all our programs.
  • That families should be healthy, united and safe from harm.
  • That all people should have access to professional, honest and ethical services, regardless of ability to pay or status in this country.
  • That diversity and equality make this country better.

WHAT WILL THIS JOB ENTAIL?

Staff Attorney - Immigration Program

  • As Staff Attorney you will represent immigrant victims of crime, focusing on working with child clients. This position is based in our Washington, DC office and will require travel to local state and immigration courts.
  • Conduct intakes and represent victims of crime in immigration matters, including SIJS, asylum, VAWA petitions, U and T Visa applications, DACA and removal proceedings;
  • Represent clients in immigration matter before USCIS, ICE, DOS and EOIR, as well as DC and Maryland Circuit Courts to obtain SIJS predicate orders;
  • Provide victim witness orientation and accompaniment when appropriate;
  • Represent Ayuda at local coalition meetings and participate in local and national advocacy initiatives;
  • Stay current on relevant laws and policies by attending trainings and conferences and reviewing new laws and regulations;
  • Train area service providers and government agencies, including law enforcement;
  • Conduct outreach presentations to potential clients;
  • Collaborate with Ayuda’s Social Services staff to ensure provision of holistic services; and
  • Assist with preparation of grant applications and reports.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU CAN DO THIS JOB?

  • J.D. or LL.M. from accredited law school;
  • Must be in good standing with the bar of DC or Maryland; preference given to Maryland bar members able to waive into DC bar;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish;
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and knowledge of issues involved in working with diverse populations and crime victims, including survivors of domestic violence;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse multidisciplinary team; and
  • Prior experience in the relevant practice areas or in working with relevant populations, especially with immigrant children, will be weighed favorably.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

Commensurate with experience, plus a benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, as well as an employer-provided retirement match. All federal holidays and closures observed and paid leave for the week of Christmas through New Year’s Day. This position is exempt for overtime purposes. Ayuda is an eligible employer for the purposes of the DC Bar Pro Bono Foundation's Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

TO APPLY:

Please apply with resume and cover letter.  Writing samples may be requested.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Apply early for full consideration. No phone calls, please.

Ayuda is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to social justice and value a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. Ayuda’s policy is to be fair and impartial in all relations with employees and applicants for employment and to make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation, or any other categories protected by federal, state, or local law. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented communities.