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Immigration Staff Attorney: Detained Removal Defense

Georgia is home to some of the largest detention centers in the country; and yet, 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 alongside their families in the U.S., or whether they are forced to return to a country in which they may be unsafe or not consider home. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is seeking an Immigration Staff Attorney to provide legal services to individuals who are detained in Georgia. This opportunity is geared towards an attorney with experience or interest in immigration law.

Mission Statement:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Atlanta’s mission is to protect and promote the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast through policy advocacy, legal services, civic engagement, and leadership development. Our vision is a social movement where individuals are fully empowered, active in civic life, and working together to promote equity and fair treatment for all.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties of Immigration Staff Attorney

• Provide legal representation to individuals currently detained in Georgia in their custody and removal proceedings before the Atlanta Immigration Court;
• Independently manage a caseload of removal defense claims for immigration relief, including but not limited to: bond and parole proceedings, asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visas, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, motions to reopen, and appeals;
• Conduct immigration consultations and provide pro se legal advice;
• Travel to detention centers in Georgia to meet with detainees (once safe to do so per public health guidelines and organizational policy);
• Prepare legal documents such as memos, briefs, and motions for submission to immigration agencies and officials;
• Participate in community outreach and educational activities, including Know-Your-Rights workshops and citizenship clinics;
• Develop relationships with stakeholders and community partners;
• Contribute to grant reports, as needed.

Qualifications

• J.D. from an accredited university;
• Membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
• A sincere desire to advocate for social change for immigrant communities through legal services in a community setting;
• Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, and writing skills;
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively and respectfully with a diverse client population as and community members;
• Flexibility to 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 whether the applicant has a demonstrated commitment to the public interest and community lawyering.

Salary:

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.

To Apply:

Send a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a legal writing sample (5-10 pages) to Palmer Lawrence at plawrence@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. No phone calls, please. 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.