Children's Staff Attorney

San Antonio, Texas, United States Full-time

Children’s Program Staff Attorney 

San Antonio, Texas

RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-­cost immigration legal services and education to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Texas. We are currently seeking a bilingual Staff Attorney for our San Antonio office to be part of a dynamic and growing association of lawyers and Legal Assistants working throughout Texas to provide representation to unaccompanied children.

The Staff Attorney will provide legal services for unaccompanied immigrant juveniles placed in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the San Antonio area, and in removal proceedings before the U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review in San Antonio, TX. Core responsibilities screening unaccompanied children for legal relief, direct representation and pro bono attorney outreach, training and mentoring on behalf unaccompanied immigrant children. All RAICES staff participates in data input and reporting, stakeholder relationship building and other duties, as required. All Children's Program Staff within RAICES are expected to drive or make travel arrangements to and from shelters on a weekly basis.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Handle caseload providing direct representation to unaccompanied immigrant children in immigration and state court proceedings;
  • Supervise a legal assistant team in conducting legal screenings and providing other required legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children placed in shelters by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR);
  • Conduct thorough intakes for clients on various forms of immigration relief including, but not limited to, Asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status;
  • Screen clients for trauma, abuse and trafficking;
  • Make client referrals for additional services, as appropriate;
  • Assume administrative responsibilities including timekeeping, case management and other tasks related to program compliance.

Qualifications: Eligible applicants will satisfy each of the following criteria:

  • Possess Juris Doctorate and be licensed or pending bar results in the state of Texas ;
  • Fluent in Spanish (written and verbal);
  • Experience in immigration or family law;
  • Experience working with children is a plus.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Working hours are 8:30am-5:30pm, Monday - Friday with some weekend work when necessary;
  • Travel within and outside the San Antonio area is required and applicant must possess his or her own vehicle;
  • Annual salary of $55,000- $57,000 depending on experience;
  • Optional health care;
  • Paid leave;
  • Bar dues reimbursed depending on program budget;
  • Paid annual CLE training depending on program budget.

Background Check:

This position requires completion of the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) check, as well as a state criminal background checks. Presence on the National Sex Offender Public Website is a bar to service. Other criminal history does not necessarily disqualify you for service.

For more information about RAICES:

RAICES is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employers and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.