Job Opportunities

Non Detained Removal Defense Attorney

The South is experiencing a critical moment: there is not enough legal representation for immigrant communities. Georgia is home to the largest detention center in the country, but only one in six immigrants detained in the Southeast has access to an attorney in removal proceedings. These proceedings determine whether immigrants have a right to remain in the United States, to live the lives they have built here alongside their families, or whether they are forced to return to a country they may not even recognize as home. For some, winning or losing is a matter of life or death.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is seeking a Non-Detained Removal Defense Attorney to provide legal services to individuals in removal proceedings and to lead a team providing legal education to communities most affected. This opportunity is geared towards an attorney with experience in immigration law.

Responsibilities

• Provide direct legal services for clients released from detention and in their removal proceedings;
• Independently manage a caseload of removal defense claims for immigration relief including but not limited to: asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention against Torture, U visa, VAWA, adjustment of status with applicable waivers, and SIJS;
• Conduct intake interviews and consultations to assess clients’ immigration-related needs and identify options available to achieve each client’s goals;
• Advise clients to identify each client’s objectives;
• Prepare legal documents such as memos, briefs, and motions for submission to federal immigration agencies and detention officers;
• Prospect, initiate, plan, and execute in-language Know Your Rights workshops and Family Preparedness Clinics;
• Participate in community outreach and educational activities, including citizenship clinics;
• Participate in weekly legal department meetings;
• Travel to detention centers in Georgia as needed;
• Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders and community partners, including participating in regular in-person and telephone meetings;
• Work on grant reports as needed;
• Coordinate and support projects, meetings, events, and other organizational needs as they arise.

Qualifications

• A sincere desire to advocate for social change through direct legal services and work with immigrant communities to provide legal services, advice, and referrals to available resources;
• JD from an accredited university;
• Membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
• The ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with a diverse client population as well as with clients’ family and community members;
• Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and manage priorities;
• Demonstrated ability to think creatively, take initiative, and problem solve;
• Excellent analytical skills and organizational skills;
• The ability to work effectively and respectfully to collaborate with and support the work of other lawyers and professional staff, diverse groups of community members and persons across the demographic and political spectrum;
• The ability to work outside of business hours and attend evening and weekend events and meetings as needed;
• Fluency in Spanish or one Asian language (Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Urdu/Hindi, Arabic) is preferred;
• Selection will be based on a variety of factors, including the applicant’s academic and professional qualifications, experience as an attorney or law student representing immigrants before federal immigration agencies, knowledge of immigration law and remedies, and whether the applicant has a demonstrated commitment to the public interest and community lawyering.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and is based on principles of internal equity with a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance.

Duration

Two years with the possibility of an extension. All employees are at will and subject to a 90 day probationary period.

How to Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a writing sample (5-10 pages) to Meeta Dama at mdama@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. No phone calls, please. Applications will be reviewed starting November 20 and the position will remain open until filled.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

Bilingual Program Assistant

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is seeking applicants for a full-time bilingual program assistant to provide programmatic and outreach support for its citizenship program and other legal services programs. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta’s citizenship program serves hundreds of applicants each year at low or no cost. In addition, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta provides a range of pro bono and low cost legal services to Georgia’s immigrant communities including detained immigrants.
The bilingual program associate will play an important role in coordinating, publicizing, and expand the citizenship program and supporting the organization’s delivery of critical legal and immigration support programs. The bilingual program associate will also be involved in community outreach focused on the unique needs of immigrant communities in Georgia.

Responsibilities

• Prospect, initiate, plan, execute, manage, and staff off-site citizenship assistance clinics which are held, on average, two times per week;
• Gather, organize, and report data regarding clients and potential clients that are seen and served;
• Work on grant reports related to programing;
• Develop and maintain relationships with community partners and coalitions, including participating in regular in-person and telephone meetings;
• Coordinate volunteers and staffing for clinics and events;
• Identify groups interested in other clinics and outreach efforts;
• Develop, implement, and maintain a community outreach plan to initiate and foster relationships with community groups, student groups, educators, immigrant and refugee groups, local service providers, and other stakeholders or allies;
• Update and create materials and resources related to programing;
• Implement best practices, new technologies and resources to improve programing;
• Answer calls and emails regarding programing and other organization resources;
• Coordinate and support projects, meetings, events, and other needs as they arise;
• Other duties as assigned and agreed upon by the bilingual program associate and Director of Legal Services.

Qualifications

• Strong written, phone, and in-person communication skills and the ability to work well with others;
• Excellent organization skills with ability to prioritize tasks;
• The ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and work independently;
• Demonstrated experience handling multiple tasks, events, and deadlines simultaneously;
• A sincere commitment to working on behalf of the indigent immigrant community;
• Ability to work effectively and respectfully to collaborate with lawyers and other professional staff, diverse groups of community members and persons across the demographic and political spectrum;
• A valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and willingness to travel extensively;
• Ability to regularly work outside of business hours and attend evening and weekend events and meetings;
• Fluency in Spanish or one Asian language (Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Urdu/Hindi, Arabic) is preferred;
• Prior project coordination experience preferred; and
• Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and is based on principles of internal equity with a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance. This is a full-time, salaried, non-exempt position.

How to Apply

Send resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a short writing sample (2-5 pages) to Meeta Dama at mdama@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. No phone calls, please. Applications will be reviewed starting November 20 and the position will remain open until filled. Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

Policy Advocate

The South has come to the cusp of a critical change: with rapidly growing AANHPI/AMEMSA and immigrant communities, the composition of the South, its electorate, and its power are shifting. Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is seeking a Policy Advocate who will help continue our policy advocacy work to protect, defend, and advance the rights of Asian Americans, immigrants, and communities of color in Georgia and across the South.

The Policy Advocate will be supporting work to defend, protect, and advance the rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) and immigrant communities in Georgia by following, tracking, and mobilizing around local, state, and federal legislation. The policy advocate will help lead advocacy efforts during the Legislative Session at the State Capitol as well as coordinate with national partners around federal policy campaigns. Moreover, the policy advocate’s role will be to help ensure that the diverse AAPI communities in Georgia understand policy issues by engaging in state and local policy analysis and advocacy, and providing trainings and community education.

Responsibilities

• Follow, track, and lead advocacy efforts at the State Capitol around issues relevant to AAPI and immigrant communities
• Lead advocacy days at the State Capitol including Immigrant Rights Thursdays and our annual Asian American Legislative Breakfast & Lobby Day
• Support local policy efforts related to immigration enforcement and the ICE out of Gwinnett campaign
• Build and maintain coalitions addressing immigration policy issues impacting the AAPI and immigrant communities
• Coordinate joint advocacy campaigns and messaging with coalition partners locally and nationally
• Create and publish regular policy updates for partners, coalitions, and community members through social media and email
• Work with organizations, communities, faith leaders & small businesses to address and receive feedback on policy issues impacting the AAPI and immigrant communities
• Coordinate and participate in community education and training events on immigration policy issues AAPIs and immigrants
• Develop content and educational materials to promote policy advocacy efforts
• Monitor and advocate on issues related to Immigrant Rights, Voting Rights, Access to Education, and Economic Justice as relevant to our communities

Other responsibilities as identified by supervisor, including:
• Support and/or supervise Policy Advocacy interns, consultants, and volunteers
• Represent the organization in professional settings
• Other duties as assigned by the organization

Qualifications

• MPP, MPA, or other relevant advanced degree (applicants with a bachelor degree and strong work experience will also be considered)
• Experience with public policy (including advocacy, organizing, analysis, and/or research)
• Desire and commitment to communicate with community members, partner organizations, and key stakeholders
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice and civil rights issues
• Ability to work flexible hours (including evenings and weekends) and to travel domestically on occasion
• Knowledge of and/or interest in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community Preferred
• Ability to work autonomously in a fast-paced work environment and take initiative on related projects
• Demonstrated commitment to the mission, goals, and work of Advancing Justice – Atlanta
• Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects in a strategic and efficient fashion
• Familiarity with Georgia’s AANHPI/AMEMSA and immigrant communities preferred
• Strong administrative, management, facilitation, interpersonal, and leadership development skills
• Bilingual in English and an Asian language preferred
• Access to vehicle and a valid GA driver’s license

Salary and Benefits

Compensation with benefits is competitive and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please send a resume, a short writing sample, and a thoughtful cover letter to Aisha Yaqoob at ayaqoob@advancingjustice-atlanta.org outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. Applications without all required components will not be considered.

Advancing Justice – Atlanta is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of color, low-income people, women, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQI people to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Application deadline is November 30th, with interviews to follow in early December. Preferred start date is January 2nd.