POSITION FILLED: Centro Legal de la Raza Seeks Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (NCCIJ) Immigration Detention Staff Attorney

The Organization: Founded in 1969 and located in Oakland, California, Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal) is a comprehensive legal services agency focused on strengthening low-income, immigrant, and Latino individuals and families by providing bilingual and culturally competent legal representation, education, and advocacy. The mission of Centro Legal is to protect and expand the rights of low-income people, particularly monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants. Centro Legal’s immigration practice is focused on serving the needs of our most vulnerable community members, including families living in poverty, women, children, and victims of violent crimes including domestic violence and detained individuals in removal proceedings. We offer comprehensive, full-service direct representation to our clients, and we also provide legal rights education and client intake through our various immigration clinics. We specialize in detained and non-detained removal defense, affirmative asylum applications, family-based visa petitions, U visas for victims of violent crime, and naturalization.

Background on the Collaborative: The Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (NCCIJ) consists of more than forty groups, including dozens of non-profit Bay Area immigration legal service providers, law school clinics, public defenders offices, and other organizations in Northern California that represent and advocate for individuals and families whose lives are most directly affected by our nation’s broken immigration system. The NCCIJ has a steering committee and an advisory board of key partners, including then Acting Chief Immigration Judge (now Deputy Chief Immigration Judge) and the director of the ABA Commission on Immigration. NCCIJ (through a unanimous decision) identified detained representation as the most critical area of need and chose to make expanding capacity to provide this population with representation a priority. NCCIJ is one of the first collaboratives of its kind in the country. Since early 2016, NCCIJ has also been working closely with a larger statewide coalition to move statewide legislation in support of funded legal representation.

The Position: Centro Legal is seeking an experienced immigration attorney to assist in the provision of immigration legal services. Duties will include:

• Directly representing detained individuals in removal proceedings before the San Francisco Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals;
• Preparing and submitting applications, legal briefs, and supporting documentation for cases involving asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visa, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, refugee waivers, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status;
• Meet with detained individuals at Bay Area detention centers;
• Serve as Attorney of the Day on the San Francisco Immigration Court Detained Docket;
• Work with NCCIJ attorneys and partners on best practices, data collection and strategy;
• Assisting in identifying potential federal litigation cases arising from direct services work and assisting in impact litigation efforts in federal district and circuit courts for placement with pro bono attorney or other non-profit litigation partners; and
• Assisting in determining appropriate case stories for use in reports, advocacy materials, and public education and providing expert testimony to media on current immigration law and policy topics.

Qualifications: First and foremost, the applicant must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and vision of social justice. Below are additional qualifications.

• Law degree; admitted and in good standing with a State bar
• Fluency in Spanish required;
• At least two years of experience providing legal representation to non-citizens before the Executive Office of Immigration Review and Citizenship & Immigration Services;
• Capability to train and supervise interns and volunteers;
• Familiarity in working with clients in crisis or who are recent trauma survivors;
• Willingness to conduct training and outreach activities in the community; and
• Experience working with low-income, immigrant, and monolingual Spanish-speaking communities.

Compensation and Benefits: Salary commensurate with background and experience plus medical and dental benefits and a generous vacation and holiday package.

Applications: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email only: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three professional references to jobs@centrolegal.org. Place these words in the subject line “Immigration Detention Staff Attorney.”

Centro Legal de la Raza is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other prohibited category. Centro Legal de la Raza is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ, older persons, persons with disabilities and all qualified persons to apply.