Job Opportunities

Supervising Immigration Attorney

Position Summary

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, we are partnering with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Southeast Immigration Freedom Initiative (SIFI) to provide high-quality, pro bono legal representation to detained immigrants.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is seeking an experienced immigration attorney to provide legal services to individuals in removal proceedings, as well as subject matter expertise and guidance to fellow attorneys in a team environment. Under the supervision of the Director of Legal Services, the Supervising Immigration Attorney will take cases as well as supervise and mentor two other removal defense attorneys.

Responsibilities and Duties

• Supervise attorneys, including pro bono volunteers, and interns;
• Provide consultations and screen immigrants in detention centers throughout Georgia to ascertain immigration relief;
• Directly represent individuals detained at detention centers in Georgia in removal proceedings;
• Manage a caseload of in-house and pro bono mentorship cases for immigration relief on behalf of detainees, including but not limited to: asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visa, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, and SIJS;
• Travel to detention centers in Georgia to meet clients, as needed;
• Monitor detention conditions and access to counsel issues for litigation purposes;
• Engage with stakeholders, including legal community, funders, and public officials.

Qualifications

• Oral and written fluency in Spanish or one Asian language (Vietnamese, Khmer, Arabic, etc.) required;
• JD degree with membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
• 2-3 years of removal defense experience and strong 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;
• Supervisory experience;
• 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.

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. No phone calls please.

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, we are partnering with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Southeast Immigration Freedom Initiative (SIFI) to provide high-quality, pro bono legal representation to detained immigrants. Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is seeking a Removal Defense Attorney to provide legal services to individuals in removal proceedings.

Job Description

Removal Defense Attorney Under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney, the Immigration Attorney will provide immigration assistance to detained 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 in removal proceedings and bond proceedings;
• Manage a caseload of in-house and pro bono mentorship cases for immigration relief on behalf of detainees, including but not limited to: asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visa, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, and SIJS;
• Travel to detention centers in Georgia to meet clients, as needed;
• Monitor detention conditions and access to counsel issues for litigation purposes;
• Engage with stakeholders, including legal community, funders, and public officials.

Qualifications

• Oral and written fluency in Spanish or one Asian language (Vietnamese, Khmer, Arabic, etc.) 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, with the possibility of an extension.

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.

Immigration Paralegal

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the supervising immigration attorney, the immigration paralegal will be responsible for providing support to the removal defense team in our office.

Responsibilities and Duties

• Prepare and execute filings of a variety of legal documents, including but not limited to briefs, motions, court forms, and declarations;
• Research court rules and procedures and communicate these to attorneys to ensure accuracy of filings and non-rejection by courts;
• Manage client relations - address emails, phone calls and other queries, and conduct and assist in client interviews;
• Communicate and coordinate with court personnel, co-counsel, partner organizations, etc.;
• Assist attorneys with factual and legal research, including cite-checking (Westlaw), internet searches, using off-site libraries, copying abstracts, cases, etc.;
• Assist with coordination and management of projects, meetings, events, etc.,
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications .

• Bachelor’s degree or Paralegal Certificate;
• Critical thinking, complex problem solving skills, attention to detail, ability to work well with others and excellent writing and communication skills;
• Proficiency with legal programs such as Westlaw and Lexis, desirable;
• Fluency in Spanish or one Asian language (Vietnamese, Khmer, Arabic, etc.) required;
• Ability to work well under pressure, including some evenings and weekends;
• Ability to set/change priorities according to deadline requirements;
• Ability to take initiative, problem-solve, multi-task, and work independently;
• A deep and demonstrated commitment to the cause of civil liberties and civil rights, preferred.

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 legal writing sample to jobs@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. 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 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 Community Organizer who will help us build a movement toward this change for and by Asian Americans, immigrants, and 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. Applications 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.