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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.

To fill this gap in representation, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is seeking a Removal Defense Attorney to provide legal services to individuals in removal proceedings.

About Us

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is the first legal and policy advocacy center dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast. Founded in 2010 to create a powerful voice for AANHPI and AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian) communities in the South, we provide in-language direct legal services to low-income clients, coordinate civic engagement and voter mobilization work in Georgia, lead and shapes public policy for AANHPI immigrants and refugees, and develop new leaders to create a better Georgia.

Job Description

Removal Defense Attorney Under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney, the Immigration Attorney will provide immigration assistance to detained, primarily Spanish-speaking individuals in removal proceedings.

Responsibilities and Duties

•Provide consultations and screen immigrants in detention centers throughout Georgia to ascertain immigration relief;
• Directly represent individuals detained at detention centers in Georgia through all aspects of their removal case;
• Manage a caseload of in-house cases for immigration relief on behalf of detainees;
• Travel to detention centers in Georgia to meet clients, as needed;
• Monitor detention conditions and access to counsel issues for litigation purposes;

Qualifications

• Oral and written fluency in Spanish required;
• JD degree with membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
• 0-2 years of removal defense experience and knowledge of immigration remedies;
• Dedicated to serving immigrant communities with a sincere commitment to working on behalf of low income immigrants;
• Detailed oriented and strong writing skills;
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including good communication skills, listening skills and attitude;
• Ability to work both independently and under supervision;
• Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends;
• Valid driver’s license, access to an automobile, insurance, and willingness to drive to off-site locations.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and is based on principles of internal equity. A full benefits package is included. This is a full-time, salaried, non-exempt position.

Duration

One year.

To Apply

We will be screening applications and interviewing on a rolling basis. Send a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a legal writing sample to jobs@advancingjustice-atlanta.org, with “Immigration Attorney” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Legal Administrative Assistant

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is seeking an Administrative Assistant to provide legal and administrative support to the legal department. The Administrative Assistant will provide administrative and case support primarily to Staff Attorneys representing clients in immigration matters. The Administrative Assistant will also dedicate a percentage of time providing administrative and case support to the litigation department.

About Us

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is the first legal and policy advocacy center dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast. Founded in 2010 to create a powerful voice for AANHPI and AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian) communities in the South, we provide in-language direct legal services to low-income clients, coordinate civic engagement and voter mobilization work in Georgia, lead and shapes public policy for AANHPI immigrants and refugees, and develop new leaders to create a better Georgia.

The immigration services department provides professional immigration legal services to low-income refugees and immigrants and their families with family and humanitarian-based immigration matters before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Executive Officer for Immigration Review (EOIR), and the Department of State (DOS). The litigation department combines litigation with other strategies to expand legal protections for AANHPI and AMEMSA immigrants and refugees and other marginalized communities and to advocate against laws and policies that are unjust or oppressive. The litigation department focuses primarily on the areas of immigrant justice and voting rights.

Job Description

Administrative Assistant
• Under the supervision of the Director of Legal Services, and in coordination with the Office Coordinator and Director of Litigation, will be responsible for providing administrative and clerical support to the legal team in our office.

Responsibilities

• Assisting attorneys with administrative tasks needed in a client’s immigration case and in impact litigation cases
• Providing support to litigation department with filing and serving pleadings
• Translating (documents) + interpreting (at hearing & interviews) for clients
• Handling telephone and walk-in reception duties, including scheduling client appointments for all staff
• Performing administrative duties, including maintaining records/filing systems and processing mail from clients, USCIS, FBI, ICE, etc.
• Providing logistic support to legal staff as needed for meetings and conferences
• Managing and monitoring client data collection, client database and calendaring systems
• Monitoring inventory of office supplies
• Collecting payments from clients and maintain accounts for the legal department according to established fiscal procedures
• Assisting with various operational duties, including managing facilities
• Regularly using basic word processing software and Google Docs/Sheets
• Participate in outreach events to identify and communicate with prospective clients throughout the community

Required knowledge and experience:

• Fluency in Spanish or one Asian language (Vietnamese, Khmer, Arabic, etc.) required;
• Ability to take initiative, problem-solve, multi-task, and work independently;
• Excellent oral and written communications skills;
• Proactive, self-motivated, strong work ethic, and integrity;
• Ability to multi-task and problem solve;
• Extreme attention to detail;
• Quick learner.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and is based on principles of internal equity. A full benefits package is included. This is a full-time, salaried, non-exempt position.

To Apply

We will be screening applications and interviewing on a rolling basis. Send a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a short writing sample to jobs@advancingjustice-atlanta.org with “Administrative Assistant” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Trinh Huynh Legal Fellow

Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Atlanta is seeking applicants for the Trinh Huynh Legal Fellowship. This fellowship, which lasts for a one-year term, is designed for an attorney with an interest in protecting and promoting the civil rights of immigrants. The hope is that the fellowship will not only enhance the Fellow’s technical legal skills but also deepen the Fellow’s understanding of a holistic approach to social justice. The Fellow will be hosted at Advancing Justice—Atlanta and funded by the Georgia Asian Pacific Bar Association (GAPABA).

Application Deadline: Applications for the fellowship, which begins in September 2018, will be accepted starting Spring/Summer 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

About Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Atlanta

Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Atlanta is the first nonprofit legal and policy advocacy center dedicated to defending democracy for Asian Americans, immigrants and refugees in Georgia and the Southeast. Founded in 2010, Advancing Justice—Atlanta serves thousands of vulnerable and underserved people through its core program areas of civic engagement, direct legal services, policy advocacy, impact litigation, and leadership development. Our vision is a social movement where AANHPIs, immigrants, and refugees are fully empowered, active in civic life, and working together to promote equity and fair treatment for all. Advancing Justice – Atlanta is one of five independent civil rights organizations that make up the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation.

About GAPABA

The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA), formerly known as the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Georgia Chapter (NAPABA-GA), was founded in 1993 by a handful of core members who strove to establish a Georgia support network for Asian Pacific American attorneys and those interested in Asian American legal issues. Part of GAPABA’s core mission is to broaden professional opportunities for Asian Pacific American lawyers and law students, and to support the entrance and advancement of Asian Pacific Americans within the legal profession.

About the Fellowship

The Fellow, hosted by Advancing Justice—Atlanta, will primarily work with Advancing Justice—Atlanta and the broader Advancing Justice affiliation on impact litigation in the area of immigrant justice. The Fellow may also have the opportunity to assist with impact litigation in the area of voting rights, as well as contribute to our direct legal services work in the area of removal defense.

The fellow will:

• Identify issues for impact litigation, including conducting intake and investigation of cases, strengthening the organization’s ties with grassroots, grasstops, and legal groups, and representing Advancing Justice—Atlanta at key coalition, task force, and community meetings.
• Assist with impact litigation, which may include legal research, drafting and reviewing filings and correspondence, discovery, motion practice, trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, and/or other litigation tasks.
• Lead community outreach and education activities, including planning and conducting Know Your Rights presentations.
• Assist with direct legal representation of Advancing Justice—Atlanta’s clients in removal proceedings, as needed. This may include legal research, drafting and reviewing filings and correspondence, motion practice, and trial advocacy in immigration courts in Georgia.
• All Advancing Justice—Atlanta staff are required to assist in general duties such as answering phones, outreach, and other administrative tasks.

Qualifications

• Bar membership (membership in Georgia Bar preferred)
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Knowledge of and demonstrated in civil rights law preferred
• Proficiency in a foreign language (particularly Vietnamese, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Arabic) is desired but not required
• Ability to work independently and participate fully in decision-making processes
• Values working cooperative with others, both within the organization and in the community
• Prior experience working with/ties to low income communities of color and/or immigrant communities preferred but not required
• Excellent legal research skills

Salary and Benefits

The Fellow will start in August 2018 and work one full year to July 2018. The fellow will receive a stipend and a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance.

To Apply

• A one-page cover letter addressing the reason you are applying to the fellowship and how your past activities, volunteer work, personal life, and/or internships demonstrate your interest in public interest law, specifically as it relates to the AAPI community and the field or immigration law;
• Resume, not to exceed one page;
• A legal writing sample not to exceed 5 pages;
• A list of three professional or academic references; and
• Please submit all application materials as one pdf file to pnguyen@advancingjustice-atlanta.org
• No phone calls or inquiry emails please.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
The Fellow will start in August 2018 and work one full year to July 2018. The fellow will receive a stipend of $40,000 and a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance.

Community Organizer

The South has come to a crossroads: with rapidly growing AANHPI (Asian American, NativeHawaiian, and Pacific Islander), AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian), and immigrant communities, the composition of the South, its electorate, and its power are shifting.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is seeking a Community Organizer who will help us build a movement in this critical moment toward change for and by Asian Americans, immigrants, and all communities of color in Georgia and across the South.

Job Summary:

The Community Organizer will be responsible for building and mobilizing an active volunteer base for Advancing Justice – Atlanta’s grassroots projects, as well as planning and implementing programming for the AANHPI/AMEMSA and immigrant communities, such as culturally responsive political education, queer youth group meetings, and youth activist development. They will be directly supervised by and working closely with the Program Coordinator, coordinating as needed with other staff and community partners for successful execution of any and all campaigns and projects.
The Organizer will also work irregular hours - weekends and evenings - to accommodate campaign and project schedules.

Responsibility

Base-building:
• Work with Civic Engagement team to coordinate and develop programs in priority communities
• Plan and conduct outreach in priority communities
• Facilitating regular meetings with volunteers and community members

Leadership development through political education and skills-building:
• Identify skills-training and political education required by volunteers, coalition partners, and/or community members to advance organizing goals and campaigns
• Develop and implement leadership development activities

Campaign development through research, strategic escalation, and alliance-building:
• Identify, develop, implement, and evaluate campaigns and organizing projects
• Develop materials for existing campaigns
• Strengthen current alliances and develop new alliances that build our power and advance our organizing goals

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

Qualification

• Demonstrated commitment to the mission, goals, and work of Advancing Justice – Atlanta
• At least 1 year of experience working with grassroots organizations and/or campaigns in AANHPI/AMEMSA, youth, queer, and/or immigrant communities
• Experience facilitating meetings and/or trainings strongly preferred
• 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
• Team-oriented and collaborative person who is also capable of working independently
• Flexibility and willingness to work evenings/weekends
• Organized and detail-oriented with ability to write clearly and concisely
• Access to vehicle and a valid GA driver’s license

Compensation:

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 Esther Lim at elim@advancingjustice-atlanta.org outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.

Application Deadline:

May 20th , 2018 - Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Those without all required components will not be considered.

Canvasser

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is seeking canvassers to help us engage and mobilize voters in AANHPI/AMEMSA and immigrant communities for Georgia’s upcoming Primary Elections. We are seeking energetic, responsible canvassers to help build awareness and engage our communities about the importance of voting in the May 22nd Primary Elections.

Responsibilities:

• Perform door-to- door canvassing using MiniVAN.
• Respectfully and effectively communicate the details of the elections and the importance of democratic participation, occasionally to voters with limited English proficiency.
• Communicate with Program Coordinator to report back on performance and to develop canvassing schedule.

Qualifications:

• Strong communication skills.
• Work well within a team.
• Ability to commit 15+ hours per week (weekday and weekend work available).
• Access to reliable transportation required.
• Strong self-direction and ability to take the initiative.
• Previous canvassing experience preferred, but not required.
• Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese, or Spanish-speaking bi-lingual applicants encouraged to apply.

Compensation:

Canvassers are paid $15 per hour. This is a temporary position and is expected to last from now until May 22nd, 2018.

Training:

You will receive training and be given all the tools needed to succeed.

Timing & location:

All positions are temporary with flexible hours and start immediately.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send your resume to Esther at elim@advancingjustice-atlanta.org.

The Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action in employment. All persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.