Family Detention - Staff Attorney

San Antonio Full-time

Position Summary: The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is a BIA-recognized, nonprofit legal services agency that promotes justice by providing immigration legal services and education to undeserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Texas. We currently seek a full-time bilingual Staff Attorney for RAICES' Family Detention Program to provide legal services to immigrant families seeking asylum and other immigration relief. This position is based in San Antonio, Texas. 

Responsibilities:  This staff attorney's primary responsibilities are: 

  • Provide assistance and direct legal representation to immigrant families detained at the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas;
  • Regular travel to the Karnes County Residential Center;
  • Provide support to pro bono attorneys and volunteers; 
  • Provide legal services to recently released families and those families residing in the jurisdiction of the San Antonio Immigration Court; 
  • Conduct thorough intakes, prepare families for credible and reasonable fear residing in the jurisdiction of the San Antonio Immigration Court; 
  • Conduct thorough intakes, prepare families for credible and reasonable fear interviews, represent families in immigration court and before the Asylum Office;
  • Screen clients for trauma, abuse, and trafficking;
  • Participates in advocacy and litigation efforts to end family detention; 
  • Assumes general administrative responsibilities, including detailed case management, timekeeping, and other tasks related to project compliance; and other duties, activities, and responsibilities, as assigned. 

Qualifications: Eligible applicants will satisfy each of the following criteria: 

  • Possess Juris Doctorate and be licensed in any state or the District of Columbia; 
  • Fluent in Spanish REQUIRED (written and verbal);
  • Experience in immigration law preferred; 
  • Experience working with children is a plus. 

Terms & Conditions: 

  • Office hours are 8:30 - 5:30, Monday-Friday with some weekend work as needed. Days spent working at the Karnes detention center will exceed these work hours depending on workload and travel time. Attorneys working in excess of 40 hours per week may be eligible to accrue personal time off; 
  • Travel required and applicant must possess and use his or her own vehicle and automobile insurance; 

Apply for this opening at http://RAICES.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0jmrc?apply=true