Essential Job Qualifications
- Juris Doctor Degree and licensed and in good standing to practice law in any state (Florida license preferred, but not required).
- A minimum of three years of experience practicing law required.
- At least one year of experience practicing Immigration and Nationality Law, specifically in the federal litigation and asylum a plus.
- Desire to work with victims of discrimination, immigrants, asylum seekers, and victims of unlawful discrimination.
- Strong public speaking and interpersonal skills.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Desire to work in a team environment.
- This position is a one-year commitment, however opportunity for advancement may be offered depending on performance, funding and needs.
- Foreign language abilities and fluency, such as Arabic, a plus but not required.
- Direct Client Representation
- Direct representation of discrimination clients, asylum seekers, lawful permanent residents, and U.S. Citizens filing family petitions before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Board of Immigration Appeals for asylum and related forms of relief (e.g., adjustment of status, prosecutorial discretion, and employment authorization). This work includes drafting client affidavits, performing legal and country conditions research, assembling asylum applications, authoring motions and briefs, and representing clients at interviews and hearings.
- Work collaboratively with other members of the legal staff.
- Assist in intake and evaluation of new cases with the legal team.
- Maintain and enhance legal expertise through educational programs and CLEs.
- Guide interns with case strategy and legal research.
- Preparing and representing clients in interviews at the Miami Asylum Office and other local USCIS Offices.
- Preparing clients for master and individual hearings before the Immigration Court.
- Advocate administratively for clients with unlawfully delayed immigration application.
- Litigation Strategy
- Work collaboratively with Civil Rights Director and Immigration Attorney in identifying and executing immigration litigation due to unlawfully delayed applications.
- Draft and execute federal mandamus and delayed naturalization delay complaints and litigation.
- Pro Bono Program Support
- Assist in the recruitment and training of legal interns and volunteer pro-bono attorneys.
- Legal Outreach and Fundraising
- Maintain and enhance alliances with community groups and other organizations.
- Speak to various groups about CAIR-Florida’s Immigration Programs
- Create brochures for the Immigration Program
- Cooperate in the writing of applicable portions of Annual report.
- Assist with various aspects of grant writing and fundraising, including accessing statistics, client stories, and highlighting work for banquets and fundraising drives throughout the year.
Civil Rights Director and Lead Immigration Attorney and Strategist