Detention Attorney, American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee's (AFSC) Friends Representation Initiative of New Jersey (FRINJ) is a publicly-funded project that provides immigrants who have been detained by ICE at immigration facilities in New Jersey and facing removal hearings at either the Newark or Elizabeth Immigration Courts with legal counsel and/or support.

The Detention Attorney is responsible for direct legal representation of immigrant detainees in removal proceedings.


  • Provide in-depth individual consultations and representation to indigent unrepresented immigrant detainees before the Elizabeth and Newark Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals
  • Participate in meetings with Department of Homeland Security representatives, jail staff and service providers on detention issues
  • Monitor conditions and access at the detention center and jails for use in reports and advocacy activities
  • Assist in the documentation of the project’s experiences and in the preparation of AFSC quarterly reports and reports to funding sources
  • Work with AFSC’s Social Worker to meet clients’ social services’ needs
  • Engage in policy and advocacy work concerning issues raised by clients and constituents, in collaboration with AFSC staff and other stakeholders
  • Participate in AFSC staff meetings and case reviews


  • A minimum of two years’ experience (including law school clinical experience) with immigration law and procedures, with detained removal defense preferred
  • Excellent legal skills and understanding of movement lawyering principles
  • Bilingual English/Spanish or English/French highly desirable
  • Strong written and oral communication skills including public speaking
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, well-organized, able to prioritize assignments and workload
  • Ability to communicate effectively and build mutually respectful relationships with co-workers, clients, the public and donors
  • Familiarity with software applications in a Windows environment, including Microsoft Word and LawLogix
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends; ability to travel out of state.

Other Requirements:

  • Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.

Salary Range starts at $65,000 - Exempt – Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker’s compensation and social security.

To apply for this position, please click here.

The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

AFSC’s Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This position is represented under the Northeast Region’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.