Pro Bono Coordinator - Immigrant Rights Program, American Friends Services Committee

 

The American Friends Service Committee promotes a longstanding Quaker concern for the causes and impact of human migration.  Since 1988, the Immigrant Rights Program based in New Jersey has worked to increase the protection of the rights of immigrants and refugees through legal representation, community education, community organizing, monitoring of rights, advocacy, and training. 

Since 1996, the AFSC has provided legal counseling and representation to thousands of immigrants, including people in detention, youth, and survivors of domestic violence and other crimes.  AFSC has also conducted training sessions and education to immigrant communities, social service providers and attorneys in New Jersey.

Position:
In collaboration with the Immigration Justice Campaign, a joint initiative between the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (AIC), AFSC will expand pro bono referral efforts and the reach of AFSC’s work. This position will develop and pilot strategies for further engaging and retaining pro bono attorneys to ensure greater access to representation for immigrants detained in New Jersey and facing deportation.

Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, screen, and place cases with volunteer attorneys; connect volunteer attorneys to mentorship and technical assistance through the Campaign and provide secondary case support when needed
  • Track case outcomes and other metrics
  • Assist in the development of training and orientation materials specific to local practice; and coordinate training, recruitment and volunteer recognition events
  • Maintain a small direct representation caseload before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in order to stay attuned to the current practices at the Elizabeth, Essex and Hudson immigration detention facilities as well as at the Elizabeth and Newark Immigration Courts
  • Collaborate with the Immigration Justice Campaign to track trends at the New Jersey immigration detention facilities and the Immigration Courts and construct advocacy strategies
  • Work closely with AFSC’s Detention Project to conduct intakes of detainees for possible pro bono placement, provide referrals, coordinate legal strategy and maintain AFSC informed of all relevant Immigration Justice Campaign projects
  • Manage caseload and maintain client files in good order, including photocopying applications, letters, supporting documentation, and follow up work. Maintain client and case information in LawLogix
  • Translate documents or secure translations as necessary; secure interpretation assistance, as necessary
  • Work with AFSC’s Social Worker to meet clients’ social services’ needs
  • Participate in AFSC staff meetings and case reviews
  • Prepare and submit reports in a timely manner to AFSC supervisors and committees and to the Immigration Justice Campaign
  • Attend immigration law training sessions and conferences


Qualifications:

  • Admission to a state bar
  • Three years’ experience with immigration law and procedures preferred, preferably in removal defense with detained populations
  • Fluency in written and oral English and Spanish preferred.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Self-motivation; ability to be detail oriented, well-organized, and to prioritize 
assignments and work load; and interest in creative lawyering
  • Ability to comfortably and appropriately maintain and navigate relationships with governmental agencies, nonprofit providers, law firms and other stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate effectively and build mutually respectful relationships with co-workers, clients, and the public
  • Familiarity with software applications in a Windows environment, including Microsoft Word and LawLogix
  • 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


Benefits:
The salary range for this position starts at $65,000, exempt. Benefits also include:

  • Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan
  • Term life, accident and salary continuation insurances
  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • Fringe benefits
  • Participation in unemployment, worker’s compensation, and social security


How to Apply:
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