Family Defense Program Staff Attorney, Americans for Immigrant Justice


Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice), a not-for-profit law firm founded in 1996 to protect
and promote the basic human rights of immigrants, has a multicultural and a multilingual staff.
AI Justice has represented clients from around the world and is recognized as a powerful
advocate and national leader for immigrants' rights. AI Justice works closely with traditional civil
rights organizations as well as with grassroots organizations and local, state and national
government officials to effect positive change in immigration policies.

The Family Defense Program (FDP) informs and empowers immigrants, particularly mixed-
status families and long-time residents whose futures are uncertain. With its signature combination of community outreach, education, and direct representation, FDP staff fight to
keep Florida families safe and together. Through legal screening clinics and Know Your Rights presentations, the FDP team bridgesgaps in access to legal services and dispels rampant misinformation.


Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) seeks an immigration attorney for their Family
Defense Program to help immigrants through direct representation and broader legal advocacy.


  • Provide legal representation for Family Defense Program eligible clients in immigration proceedings before the Immigration Court; appellate proceedings before the Board of Immigration Appeals; and proceedings before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Represent clients seeking immigration benefits, including but not limited to asylum, family petitions, cancellation of removal, and/or U nonimmigrant status.
  • Evaluate cases for relief and provide legal consultations and referrals to other nonprofit organizations or private attorneys for full representation.
  • Provide Know Your Rights Presentations in the community
  • Conduct outreach
  • Assist with planning and execution of legal screening clinics.


  • JD degree.
  • Membership in good standing of any state bar.
  • Fully bilingual, including reading and writing, in English and Spanish.
  • Experience in immigration law, including experience with removal defense, family immigration, asylum, and/or U visa cases preferred.
  • Experience working with survivors of trauma preferred.
  • Strong writing, research and analytical skills; strong communication and group leadership skills.
  • Interest in policy advocacy at the national level.
  • Excellent presentation skills for community outreach, education and training.
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure.
  • Enthusiastic about and committed to working alongside people from diverse cultural, educational, professional, and socioeconomic backgrounds. A demonstrated belief in diversity, inclusion, and equity for all individuals.
  • Comfortable working in a collaborative environment that values giving and receiving feedback.
  • Must have own transportation.
  • Must be willing to submit to an extensive background check, including FBI, statewide repository, and sex offender registry checks.

How to apply:

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter in PDF format, using the subject line "FDP