Supervising Attorney, Ayuda

 

Ayuda is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing direct legal, social and language access services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Since 1973, Ayuda has provided critical services on a wide range of issues, in the process acquiring nationally recognized expertise in several fields including immigration law, language access, domestic violence and human trafficking. Ayuda has office locations in Washington, DC, Silver Spring, MD and Falls Church, VA.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise at least one immigration staff attorney or senior staff attorney in addition to supervising at least one legal assistant and/or legal interns;
  • Provide direct legal representation to low-income immigrants in a variety of matters before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), with a focus on serving immigrant survivors of intimate-partner violence and vulnerable children and youth.
  • Provide legal representation to children either in ORR custody or formerly in ORR custody released to custodians in Northern Virginia, including representation in removal proceedings, state court custody matters in Virginia, and applications for other forms of relief before USCIS.
  • Provide legal representation to clients in especially difficult and/or novel cases, including appeals;
  • Participate in Ayuda’s efforts to bring about systemic change on behalf of our clients, including but not limited to participating in cases likely to have an extensive impact, working on amicus or other appellate briefs, and participation in notice and comment process on proposed regulations;
  • Where necessary, advocate on behalf of clients who have been victims of crimes, including human trafficking, in interactions with law enforcement;
  • Represent Ayuda and our clients at local and regional stakeholder, coalition, and advocacy meetings;
  • Stay current on relevant laws and policies by attending trainings and conferences and reviewing new laws, regulations and court rules;
  • Assist with preparation of grant applications, grant administration, and reports; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Member in good standing with the VA bar;
  • At least three years’ experience practicing immigration law, including litigation and removal defense experience and experiencing representing survivors of trauma required;
  • At least one year of experience as an attorney litigating child custody and/or guardianship petitions required;
  • At least one year of experience supervising legal assistants, paralegals, and/or legal interns required, with experience supervising other attorneys strongly preferred;
  • Bilingual skills required, with Spanish language skills strongly preferred (other languages commonly spoken by Ayuda’s clients include Tagalog, French, Ixchil, other indigenous languages spoken in Central America, Portuguese, Arabic, and Amharic);
  • Strong legal, organizational and time-management skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team;
  • Availability to begin work as soon as possible (contingent on funder approval) preferred; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial and economic justice.

How to Apply:
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter here.