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Staff Attorney - Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, ABA

 

The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) empowers detained immigrants through high-quality legal education and representation. Located in Harlingen, Texas, ProBAR serves adults and unaccompanied children in immigration detention in the Rio Grande Valley.

Position:
The ABA and ProBAR are also seeking to hire a staff attorney for the pro bono initiative.  We are seeking to hire a Staff Attorney based at ProBAR, the Commission's longest-standing asylum project in Harlingen, Texas. Our mandate: increase access to counsel and direct representation in a variety of challenging detained contexts, ranging from detained asylum seekers subjected to Remain in Mexico/MPP and those detained at Port Isabel Detention Center, and Otay Mesa Detention Center, and even asylum seekers subject to Remain in Mexico.

Responsibilities:

  • Assisting the Pro Bono Counsel with sourcing, recruiting, training and day-to-day management of pro bono attorneys supporting the Commission’s immigration initiatives in a variety of locations
  • Helps to identify and recruit new pro bono immigration attorneys, and foster the retention of current pro bono volunteers, to assist in ensuring the provision of high-quality pro se assistance and representation
  • Assists in the development and presentation of legal training and supporting materials, for private bar, government, and public interest attorneys
  • Utilizes immigration law knowledge base to assist in individual matters and involves Commission staff on more complex or geographically specific matters
  • Helps to lead and manage trips with teams of pro bono attorneys to provide pro se assistance and representation to detained adults and unaccompanied minors
  • Accountable for pro bono attorneys to ensure the provision of quality legal services which align with the expectations of the Commission on Immigration
  • Mentors volunteers
  • Actively participates in and assists others in development and communications initiatives to seek support funds and services for the Commission on Immigration
  • Performs other related duties as required


Qualifications:

  • Possession of a Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Licensed to practice law in a U.S. state or territory or Accreditation, as required in order to appear as representative before immigration court
  • Fluency in English and Spanish in written and spoken forms
  • Licensed to practice law and member in good standing of State Bar of Texas.
  • Prior volunteer, community, or work experience regarding immigration or detention
  • Previous experience working with volunteers.
  • Prior non-profit experience, particularly involving field work or work in remote locations


Benefits:
The ABA offers competitive employment benefits which include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k), commuter benefits, and more.

How to Apply:
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