Attorney

San Antonio, Texas, United States | Legal | Full-time

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Attorney

 

RAICES seeks to hire a full time attorney to join the Family Detention Program legal team in providing services at the detention center. This position is based in San Antonio, Texas. RAICES’ Family Detention Program coordinates the Karnes Pro Bono Project which provides these services to individuals detained at the Karnes County Residential Center. The Karnes detention center historically detained migrant families who were primarily asylum-seekers, but currently detains single adult women apprehended at the border and within the interior of the United States. The program’s mission is to empower and defend migrant families and to advocate for the abolition of immigrant detention through education, legal representation, and advocacy. The Family Detention Program team envisions a compassionate and cooperative community that advocates for and alongside migrants to protect human dignity and promote human rights.

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 actively advocate for these individuals and do whatever it takes to assist the immigrant community.

 

Founded in 1986, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. Our advocacy and commitment to change are driven by the clients and families we serve every day as our attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status.

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide pro se assistance and direct legal representation to immigrant families and individuals detained at the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas;
  • Regular travel to the Karnes County Residential Center;
  • Conduct thorough intakes, prepare families for credible and reasonable fear interviews, represent families in immigration court and before the Asylum Office;
  • Screen clients for persecution, trafficking, and torture utilizing trauma-informed approaches to provide services and support to clients;
  • Identify outlier cases and follow up regarding next steps with supervisor;
  • Participate in advocacy and litigation efforts to end immigrant detention; 
  • Responsible for individual case load, including detailed case management, research, and writing;
  • Serve as lead attorney at Karnes for staff and volunteer group;
  • Communicate with government agencies and contractors to facilitate the provision of legal services at Karnes;
  • Provide legal services to recently released families and those residing in the jurisdiction of the San Antonio Immigration Court as needed; 
  • Assume general administrative responsibilities, including timekeeping, training new colleagues, and other tasks related to project compliance; and other duties, activities, and responsibilities, as assigned. 

Qualifications:

 

  • Possess Juris Doctorate and be licensed in any state or the District of Columbia; 
  • Fluency in English and Spanish (written and verbal);
  • Must be aligned with the program mission and vision;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, work independently with minimal supervision, be a self-starter, think critically in fast-paced situations, and be well-organized;
  • Must be a team player who prioritizes collective success and works in solidarity with colleagues and clients;
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a changing work environment;
  • Must demonstrate good judgment and effective communication with clients, colleagues, and government employees;
  • Excellent organizational skills and proficiency in the use of technology; and
  • Experience in immigration law preferred; 
  • Experience working with children is a plus; and
  • Court experience is preferred. 

Application Process

Please provide a resume and a thoughtful cover letter that specifies why you want to work for RAICES and how your experience fulfills each of the qualifications.  Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.