Childen's Program Staff Attorney

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

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RAICES is seeking an immigration attorney to work in the Children’s Program in our Austin, Texas office.

 

The Staff Attorney will provide legal services for unaccompanied immigrant juveniles in the Austin  area and surrounding counties.  The Staff Attorney will provide legal representation to children in removal proceedings before the U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review as well as represent children seeking immigration relief before USCIS. Core responsibilities will include screening unaccompanied children for legal relief, direct legal  representation, pro bono attorney outreach, mentoring on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant children, and managing a legal assistant.   All RAICES staff participates in data input and reporting, stakeholder relationship building and other duties, and training colleagues and community stakeholders as required. All Children's Program Staff within RAICES are expected to drive or make travel arrangements to and from immigration Court located in San Antonio, Asylum office in Houston, and district courts in Travis and surrounding counties on an as needed basis. RAICES employees, especially those working with children, must be respectful of all gender identities and expressions, sexual orientation and reproductive rights and be willing and able to offer legal counsel on issues related to those identities and body autonomy in a way that is free from judgment and deferential to the client's expressed and best interests.

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: 

  • Provides direct representation to a large caseload of individuals and/or families in immigration matters.  Legal representation may be before the the Immigration Court (EOIR), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Administrative Appeals Office, in custody matters before Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Asylum Office, State and federal courts, Department of State, agencies within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and in credible/reasonable fear interviews and applications for affirmative relief before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS);
  • Conducts thorough immigration screenings for consultees to assess for immigration relief, including explanation of their rights and available options, benefits and risks of applying, processes, and costs if any;
  • Coordinates for additional client services as necessary with the Litigation Unit, the RAICES Bond Fund, the Social Programs, and Advocacy Department;
  • Ensures entry to timely, accurate, and detailed case data according to grantor provisions and as required by RAICES;
  • Contributes to grant reporting, as applicable;
  • Supervises case work of assigned Legal Assistants, Senior Legal Assistants, Interns, or other non-legal staff; 
  • Represents RAICES in occasional community presentations, outreach, workshops, stakeholder meetings, and/or media interviews;
  • Provides pro se assistance to prospective clients; and,
  • Screen clients for trauma, abuse and trafficking using a client centered, trauma informed approach, that is respectful of all races, nationalities, political opinions, religious beliefs, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations and reproductive rights.

 

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school;
  • Bar association admission / membership in good standing; 
  • Bilingual with full fluency in English and Spanish;
  • Able to travel within Texas; and,
  • Able to pass a Federal Background Check.



Additional Qualifications:

  • Texas bar license preferred;
  • Experience in immigration and/or Texas family law, preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Able to work independently and as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team;
  • Able to work effectively and respectfully with a diverse client population as and community members; and,
  • Committed to social justice evidenced by job and/or volunteer/intern experience.

 

RAICES is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or a record of arrest or conviction. We strongly encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.