Location: Seattle, Washington
CAIR Washington is seeking an Immigrant Justice Attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and serving diverse immigrant communities across Washington State. We are looking for a self-motivated, passionate immigration attorney with nonprofit experience who will lead the legal services work of CAIR-WA’s Immigrant Justice Project, a legal department project that offers free and low-cost immigration legal services to the local Muslim communities in Washington State. This position is funded by a grant and is termed at two years, with the potential to renew.
The Immigrant Justice Attorney’s primary role will be to lead the Immigrant Justice Project by providing and coordinating direct legal representation to immigration clients. The Immigrant Justice Project consists of all of CAIR-WA’s direct immigration legal services, including a volunteer legal clinic serving Afghan parole-seekers and parolees already relocated to Washington State, providing representation for humanitarian parole, asylum, SIV, and family-sponsored visa clients. The Immigrant Justice Attorney will work closely with pro bono and low bono attorneys, other members of the legal department team, other CAIR-WA departments, and a wide range of community partners.
Practice Areas: Immigration Law (specifically affirmative USCIS immigration benefit applications, i.e. asylum, humanitarian parole, and naturalization), Administrative Law (specifically agency reporting and delay litigation), National Security.
· Provide direct legal services including for humanitarian parole, asylum, SIV, and family-sponsored visa clients.
· Coordinate legal intake process, case selection, and case referral for the Immigrant Justice Project, particularly direct legal services requests and intakes for the Afghan clinic.
· Supervise Immigrant Justice Project staff – including numerous pro bono volunteers – and conducting trainings for them, especially for the Afghan clinic.
· Curate a resource library for Immigrant Justice Project staff and volunteers, ensuring all necessary forms, guides, samples, workflows, and other documents are identified, available, and updated, creating new assets where necessary.
· Ensure alignment with ethical standards in in the preparation, review, safeguarding, and transmission of all immigration applications and USCIS communications.
· Ensure client and project data is collected consistently and reported accurately; establish, organize, and maintain up-to-date files on casework, budget expenditures, and grant progress-tracking; and prepare reports as needed.
· Maintain up-to-date knowledge and expertise of changing immigration, asylum, and refugee policies at the local, state, and federal level through research and analysis, regular trainings, and peer-to-peer consultation and workgroups.
· Conduct intakes and screenings to identify eligibility for affirmative immigration, naturalization, and humanitarian aid benefits.
· Coordinate with the Legal Program Administrator to identify client needs and facilitate referrals to services offered in-house and through partnerships with external providers.
· For services available through the Immigrant Justice Project (primarily family immigrant visas, adjustments of status, work authorizations, and naturalization applications), work with clients to gather documents, prepare forms, draft briefs, submit filings, and represent clients in person at USCIS adjudication interviews and Infopass appointments, as needed.
· Process correspondence from USCIS and maintain accurate and up-to-date physical and electronic files and detailed case notes, meet all case reporting requirements within established timelines and standards, and assist in the completion of statistical, narrative, and financial reports.
· Provide direct representation to persons in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals or before the federal courts, and before the Department of Homeland Security; may also assist Civil Rights staff attorney on necessary litigation.
· Support communications, outreach, and policy staff in implementing outreach strategies and maintaining strong relationships with affected communities, community-based organizations, local immigration attorneys, nonprofit legal providers, elected officials, and other stakeholders.
· Collaborate with other CAIR-WA teams and partners to offer community-based workshops, information sessions, and “Know Your Rights” materials. This outreach may be online or in-person at mosques, community centers, college campuses, and other locations.
· Participate in legislative advocacy, as needed, in consultation with the policy and advocacy teams.
· Other related duties as assigned.
· Law degree (JD or LLM) from an ABA-accredited U.S. institution and admission to the Washington state bar.
· Minimum one to three years of experience preparing and filing USCIS benefit applications (including for parolees, refugees, asylees, and asylum-seekers), and providing direct representation to benefit seekers in the administrative process, with a preference for those who also have immigration court experience.
· Prior experience in the preparation of the following forms is strongly preferred: I-130, I-131, I-134, I-765, I-589, and N-400.
Skills and Abilities:
· Passion for, and well-articulated knowledge of, immigration law and providing direct services to immigration clients.
· Familiarity with the work and mission of CAIR-WA.
· Self-motivated and organized advocate with the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously, work under pressure, and meet deadlines.
· Adaptability to embrace and navigate new, dynamic projects, and an ability to recognize and maximize opportunities on behalf of the organization.
· Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with diverse audiences, including attorneys, clients and other non-legal audiences, community groups, government officials, media, EFL speakers, trauma survivors, and people from different cultural backgrounds. Experience creating or presenting immigration information sessions and Know Your Rights presentations is a plus.
· Training in trauma-informed culturally sensitive care and experience interacting with Muslim, immigrant, and/or refugee communities is a plus.
· Legal knowledge and experience with common immigration law and immigrant rights issues impacting Muslims and their families, including but not limited to TRIG issues, CAARP issues and other visa/citizenship delays, travel detention, law enforcement surveillance, etc.
· Ability to work some evenings, weekends, and off-hours as needed; having your own car along with a valid driver’s license is preferred.
· Fluency in English is required; fluency in Dari, Pashto, and/or Urdu is strongly preferred; proficiency in additional languages (particularly Arabic, Somali, & Farsi), or familiarity working with interpreters is a plus.
o The salary range is between $65,000-70,000, depending upon experience
o Generous benefits package includes fully covered medical and dental insurance for the new hire as well as all dependents, 401(k)with employer matching, and 5 weeks of vacation and flex PTO.
o CAIR-WA is invested in the professional development of its staff. The hire will have access to mentors through the CAIR Legal Network, and will attend an annual legal training held by CAIR National.
o CAIR-WA will cover attorney bar fees and CLE courses.
o CAIR-WA operates on a hybrid remote/in-office schedule; however, in-office days are currently optional due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Please email as PDF attachments: (1) cover letter, (2) resume (3) references and (4) one writing sample (preferably an immigration filing declaration, brief, or support document) to: nalsaleh @cair.com with the subject line “Immigrant Justice Attorney.” No phone calls please.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
· Job Type: Full-time, Exempt position with a two year term
CAIR-WA is an equal opportunity employer.