Job Opportunities

Immigration Staff Attorney

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 they may not even recognize. Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta (“Advancing Justice - Atlanta”) is seeking a General Immigration Services Staff Attorney to provide legal services to individuals who are in removal proceedings and for general in-office immigration services. This opportunity is geared towards an attorney with experience 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 Staff Attorney

• Provide legal representation to individuals in Georgia in their removal proceedings before the Atlanta Immigration Court;
• Provide direct representation of in-office clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services;
• Independently manage a caseload of immigration services, including but not limited to: family petitions, naturalization applications, asylum, U visa, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, motions to reopen, and in appeals proceedings;
• Conduct intake interviews and consultations to assess clients’ immigration-related needs and identify options available to achieve each client’s goals;
• Prepare legal documents such as memos, briefs, and motions for submission to immigration court, USCIS, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials;
• Participate in community outreach and educational activities, including Know-Your-Rights workshops and citizenship clinics;
• Develop relationships with stakeholders and community partners, including participating in regular in-person and telephone meetings;
• Contribute to grant reports, as needed;
• Coordinate and support projects, meetings, events, and other organizational needs.

Qualifications

• A sincere desire to advocate for social change in immigrant communities through legal services and in a community setting;
• J.D. from an accredited university;
• Membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
• Excellent communication and writing skills,
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively and respectfully with a diverse client population as well as with community members;
• Demonstrated ability to be creative, work well under pressure, and manage priorities;
• Excellent legal analytical skills and organizational skills;
• Ability 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;
• 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 remedies, 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.

Duration

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

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a writing sample (5-10 pages) to Van Huynh at vhuynh@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. No phone calls, please. The position will remain open until filled.

Staff Attorney of the Removal Defense Project

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 they may not even recognize. Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta (“Advancing Justice - Atlanta”) is seeking a Staff Attorney for its Removal Defense Project to provide legal services to individuals who are in removal proceedings and detained at one of the four detention centers 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

• Provide legal representation to individuals currently detained in Georgia in their removal proceedings before the Atlanta Immigration Court;
• Independently manage a caseload of removal defense claims for immigration relief, including but not limited to: in bond and parole proceedings, asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visa, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, motions to reopen, and in appeals proceedings;
Conduct intake interviews and consultations to assess clients’ immigration-related needs and identify options available to achieve each client’s goals;
• Travel to detention centers in Georgia is common and expected;
• 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, including participating in regular in-person and telephone meetings;
• Contribute to grant reports, as needed;
• Coordinate and support projects, meetings, events, and other organizational needs.

Qualifications

• A sincere desire to advocate for social change in immigrant communities through legal services and in a community setting;
• J.D. from an accredited university;
• Membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
• Excellent communication and writing skills,
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively and respectfully with a diverse client population as well as with community members;
• Demonstrated ability to be creative, work well under pressure, and manage priorities;
• Excellent legal analytical skills and organizational skills;
• Ability 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;
• 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 remedies, 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.

Duration

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

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a writing sample (5-10 pages) to Van Huynh at vhuynh@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.