Immigration Attorney, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans

 

Immigration Services of Catholic Charities provides a broad range of immigration counseling and representation to immigrants and their families. We help clients understand the immigration law, learn their rights under the law, and to complete the immigration process successfully. Our staff includes attorneys, fully-accredited Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Representatives, a case manager, and a staff translator.

In addition, we offer assistance for victims of domestic violence who may also be seeking immigration services. the immigration

Position:
The Immigration Attorney will provide legal representation to immigrant clients in order to represent them in immigration removal proceedings and prepare cases for submission to USCIS, including but not limited to, applications for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, and/or T or U nonimmigrant status and other forms of immigration relief, as well as family-based petitions, bond hearings, and other types of legal relief.  The majority of clients are unaccompanied children, as well as other populations in need of humanitarian protection. They will also represent these children in immigration court, and family court for predicate and custody orders in relation to SIJ cases. The Immigration Attorney will coordinate all aspects of a client's case, including client intake, client communication, relevant research, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies, and direct representation in court.


Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the supervision of a legal assistants and volunteers
  • Assist in provision of public education in the community and collaborating with other agencies
  • Participate as needed in program-wide and grant-specific data collection
  • Participate in meetings with immigration legal service community-based organizations
  • Provide legal orientations/counseling to clients and families
  • Provide referrals to non-legal resources
  • Coordinate with supervisor(s) on placements with pro bono attorneys and provide support on pro bono mentoring, technical assistance, and training as needed


Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor degree with active membership in a State Bar required; Louisiana license preferred
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English (writing and speaking) required
  • Two years or more experience practicing immigration law, or other relevant experience preferred; clinical experience will be counted
  • Experience with immigration and/or child dependency proceedings preferred
  • Experience working with children and/or survivors of abuse and trauma preferred
  • Ability to work independently to manage a substantial workload with deadline pressures
  • Competence in communicating and interacting with others of diverse cultural, geographic, and economic backgrounds in a professional and compassionate manner, including interacting with individuals experiencing substantial levels of emotional, physical, financial, or other hardship
  • Ability to use basic Microsoft Office programs and online database software
  • Candidates must successfully complete required background checks and clearances


How to Apply:
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and three references to ccanohr@ccano.org and jsearcy@ccano.org and include in the subject line: Immigration Attorney.