Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) seeks to hire an attorney to work with mothers and their children who are seeking asylum and prepare them for their credible fear interview. The families, most often a mother and one child, are fleeing from the highest levels of violence in the Western Hemisphere.
These asylum seekers have suffered traumatic experiences, including sexual assault, robbery, extortion, death threats, and other acts of violence, in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, or on the trip north. Almost all of the refugees are unable to navigate the process without the professional assistance of trained lawyers and paralegals.
The attorney will screen clients for eligibility, provide direct legal services, and collaborate closely with existing pro bono efforts. The candidate must be self-directed, creative, and motivated. Among other duties, the attorney will:
- Develop specialized knowledge of asylum law and expedited removal;
- Interview detained families and conduct intake;
- Evaluate eligibility for relief from removal;
- File motions for custody redetermination;
- Assist and counsel individuals seeking asylum, including preparing for credible fear interviews and Immigration Judge review of a negative decision by an Asylum Officer;
- Collaborate with current community partners and form new partnerships;
- Supervise and/or work with legal paraprofessionals and volunteers;
- Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records; and
- Fulfill all requirements necessary to remain in good standing with the State Bar and the Supreme Court of the applicable state, including but not limited to, compliance with the minimum requirements for Continuing Legal Education.
- JD from accredited university.
- Licensed to practice law. If not licensed to practice law in Texas, willing to apply;
- Bilingual in English and Spanish
- Ability to work independently and as a part of a team;
- Flexibility to work evenings and weekends and accommodate an irregular work schedule;
- A proven commitment to supporting vulnerable populations.
- Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations;
- Experience working with survivors of trauma;
- Experience coordinating community services, working with community partners, and/or participating in volunteer-based projects.