Children's Program Staff Attorney

Dallas, Texas, United States | Legal | Full-time

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The Staff Attorney will provide legal services for unaccompanied immigrant juveniles placed in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the Dallas  area, and in removal proceedings before the U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review. Core responsibilities will include screening unaccompanied children for legal relief, direct representation and pro bono attorney outreach, training and mentoring on behalf of 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. 

RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost immigration legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees. With legal services, social programs, bond assistance, and an advocacy team focused on changing the narrative around immigration in this country, RAICES is operating on the national front lines of the fight for immigrant rights.

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. 

Qualification: 

  • Texas Bar member
  • Fluent in English and Spanish (written and verbal); 
  • Immigration law with experience in family law preferred
  • Able to travel to shelter regularly with own transportation;
  • Experience working with children is a plus. 

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. 

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