Legal Assistant Children's Program

Corpus Christi, Texas, United States Full-time

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Children’s Program Legal Assistant- Corpus Christi

The Children’s Program Legal Assistant carries out day-to-day operations at an assigned shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children in Corpus Christi, TX. The Legal Assistant directly reports to a designated Facility Attorney, who supervises the Program operations at the assigned facility.

The Program consists of four primary components: (1) group Know Your Rights orientations, (2) individual screening interviews, (3) referral of cases to pro bono attorneys and pro bono mentoring, and (4) direct representation of UAC in ORR custody.

Responsibilities:

Know Your Rights Orientations

Conduct “Know Your Rights Orientation” (“KYR Orientation”), using KYR orientation materials approved by RAICES, for UAC at the Facilities in accordance with an assigned plan and schedule.

Individual Screenings

Conduct initial interviews (“screenings”) with UAC who are not being represented by a private attorney, in accordance with an assigned plan and schedule. The purpose of the screenings is to identify such UAC’s legal needs, and to provide them with additional information about their rights, immigration law, and relevant government procedures.

Be available for follow-up meetings with UAC. The purpose of these meetings is to provide the UAC the opportunity to meet RAICES staff and raise concerns about their cases. The Legal Assistant will make best efforts to resolve issues raised by the UAC in these meetings, but is required to not answer specific questions about the merits of a UAC’s legal case. All such inquiries must be forwarded to the relevant Facility Attorney.

Court Preparation

Prepare UAC who have an upcoming court appearance with the provision of a pre-court KYR. Monitor each docket to determine whether released children have filed their COA/COV; coordinating with the Facility Attorney to verify with the Immigration Court whether the COA/COV has been received; and, when necessary, follow-up with the released child.

Referrals for To-Be-Released UAC

Provide referrals for the pro bono representation of UAC who are about to be reunified with a sponsor or have been recently released from the Facility, according to the RAICES referral

 

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Data Collection and Reporting Requirements

Utilize the RAICES Database to record certain information, required by the Program, relating to the services performed on behalf of UAC under this agreement and their cases.

Specifically, the Legal Assistant shall:

  • ●  Track all data (the “DATA”) and record the Data in the Database.

  • ●  Respond to RAICES’ efforts to identify and correct possible errors in data entry by making any necessary changes to the Data or Database within five business days of

    notification.

    Professional Qualifications, Experience and Attributes:

  • ●  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or equivalent knowledge and experience, preferred but not required:

  • ●  Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights:

  • ●  Excellent written and oral communication skills:

  • ●  Commitment to working in a diverse and challenging working environment:

  • ●  Fluent, both written and spoken, in the English and Spanish languages:

  • ●  Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently: and

  • ●  Proficient in the use of MS Word, MS Access, MS Excel and Google Applications.

    Remuneration: $27,500 to 32,500 based on experience. To Apply:

    Send a cover letter, resume and three references to: apply@raicestexas.org with the subject “Corpus Christi Legal Assistant.” This positions are open until filled.

    Disclosures:

    The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is an equal-opportunity employer committed to diversity. It is the policy of RAICES to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination. RAICES is committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination or harassment. RAICES does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, veteran status, age, political ideology, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability. We encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and other minority groups.

    Refugee and Immigration Center For Education and Legal Services 361-520-4538 

Apply for this opening at http://RAICES.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk01v4e?apply=true