Social Worker

Houston, Texas, United States Full-time





RAICES, 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 seeks to hire a full-time social worker who will be responsible to manage cases and assists particularly vulnerable detained immigrant adults by providing wrap-around support, including help dealing with the stress of detention, support for clients’ legal cases, and planning for needed services upon clients’ release from detention and other needs of adults encountered in immigration proceedings.



  • Maintain caseload of detained and non-detained adult clients who are represented by RAICES staff or volunteer attorneys, or who are representing themselves in their immigration proceedings;
  • Provide ongoing supportive communication, safety planning, advocacy, and accompaniment for RAICES detained- and non-detained clients;
  • Conduct research (online, by phone, and using internal directories) to identify appropriate local resources for current clients, and update directories on an ongoing basis;
  • Based on client requests, connect them with free or low-cost services, for example counseling, emergency housing, civil legal assistance, medical care/insurance, public benefits, employment and other community services.
  • Maintain an up-to-date record of all activities with clients in an organizational database
  • Support Social Services special events, donation drives, and outreach efforts as they arise;
  • Through interdisciplinary model, collaborate closely with attorneys throughout clients’ cases;
  • With clients, complete psychosocial assessments and identify and implement ways to deal with the stress of detention and symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety, cognitive disorders, and other issues
  • As appropriate, use screening tools to track clients’ behavioral health symptoms and guide referrals to appropriate services after clients’ release from detention
  • Support clients’ legal cases by helping to draft written declarations, arranging pro bono forensic health evaluations, attending court hearings, etc.
  • Provide information to clients, family, and caregivers about behavioral health and available support;
  • Create plans for post-release services for clients’ use and, in some cases, submission to immigration court;
  • Expand relationships with providers of behavioral health treatment, housing, and other advocates



  • Social Work degree;
  • Fluency in Spanish and English, both oral and written;
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration in a primarily legal services setting;
  • Ability to recognize and respond to behavioral health issues, including trauma, depression, anxiety,serious mental illness, diminished mental competency, and substance dependence;
  • Interest in working in detention center setting;
  • Familiarity with local social services;



Terms & Conditions:

  • Annual salary of $45,000 to  $55,000 annually depending on experience;
  • Optional health care;
  • Paid leave, annual training and bar dues.

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.

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