Children's Attorney

Corpus Christi, Texas, United States Full-time

The Staff Attorney will provide legal services for unaccompanied immigrant juveniles placed in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the Corpus Christi 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 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 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:

 

  • Pending passage of any State Bar (Texas is preferred) 

 

  • Fluent in English and 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 Corpus Christi area is required and applicant must possess his or her own transportation;

 

  • Competitive benefits package;

 

  • Generous 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.

 

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 .