Texas RioGrande Legal Aid seeks an attorney to provide immigration legal services in Edinburg, San Antonio, or Austin office.
The candidates must be self-directed, empathetic, and motivated. Among other duties, the attorney will:
- Provide intake, advice and counsel, and direct legal representation to clients in immigration legal matters before EOIR, the BIA, ICE and USCIS, including removal defense representation and assisting clients in filing for U- visas, T- visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)- related applications, among other forms of immigration relief.
- Coordinate all aspects of a client’s case, including client communication, relevant research, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies.
- Work collaboratively with a team of immigration paralegals within the El Paso TRLA office as well as with other immigration attorneys and paralegals throughout the TRLA service area. Provide immigration law and case-handling mentorship to colleagues.
- Assist the Human Trafficking team in screening and identifying clients who may be considered victims of labor and sex trafficking. Assist trafficking survivors in reporting to and collaborating with law enforcement and applying for relevant immigration relief and other legal remedies.
- Maintain and establish relationships with community partners and immigration service providers, including, but not limited to anti-trafficking coalitions.
- Maintain a working knowledge of significant policies, laws and trends in immigration law, particularly as they impact low-income immigrants.
- Prepare and conduct relevant community outreach events and presentations including, but not limited to, immigration know-your-rights workshops and direct outreach and education related to identification of trafficking.
- JD from accredited university
- Admitted to and in good standing with a State bar
- Fluency in English and Spanish
- 2-5 years of direct experience representing vulnerable non-citizens in their applications for relief, including U- visa, VAWA-related, and T- visa applications; removal defense experience strongly preferred
- In-depth knowledge of the wide range of immigration remedies available to clients
- Meticulous organizational habits, attention to detail, and ability to manage large amounts of information, establish priorities, and meet deadlines
- 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
- Strong interpersonal skills and record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills; experience working with clients, staff and interns of diverse backgrounds
- Experience working collaboratively with anti-trafficking initiatives, service providers, and/or coalitions, as well as training on human trafficking-related issues strongly preferred
- Dedication to and experience in serving low-income, non-citizen, vulnerable populations