Border Attorney Fellow - Texas ProBar, 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.
The ABA recruits employees seeking opportunities for challenging and substantive work defending liberty and pursuing justice in the U.S. and around the world. 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. Accountable for providing direct representation for ProBAR clients in immigration cases, including representation in Immigration Court and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), while helping to support the broader immigration efforts of ProBAR’s legal team. Under the supervision of Supervising Attorney, the HIAS Border Fellow will provide direct legal representation to individuals seeking asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture protection, with a focus on representing individuals in the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) Program.
- Provided legal representation in removal defense cases, including MPP cases
- Under the supervision of ProBAR Legal Director, support ProBAR’s legal team, including the DOJ accredited representatives, pro bono attorneys, and other staff as assigned, through regular engagement, case assistance and mentorship
- Oversee and provide legal orientation, counseling and education regarding asylum and other potential relief available to the population served by ProBAR
- Stay up to date on rapidly changing asylum laws and policies; comply with data and program reporting requirements
- Support efforts of HIAS to engage the Jewish community around the issues of immigration detention and asylum, including identifying opportunities for pro bono attorney and non-attorney engagement and submitting one contribution to the HIAS blog or other communication (such as a video, presentation, briefing call, etc.) per trimester (every four months)
- Performs other related duties as required
- Possession of a Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA-accredited law school and be in good standing of any state and/or the District of Columbia
- A minimum of 1-3 years of experience with immigration law, including removal defense work before the immigration court
- Fluent in English and Spanish in written and spoken forms
- Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office products and Google tools
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including good communication skills, listening skills and attitude
- Strong case management, legal research, and legal writing skills required.
Demonstrated ability and willingness to zealously pursue new and untested legal theories
- Ability to work both independently and in a group setting
- Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends
- Valid driver’s license, access to an automobile, insurance, and willingness to drive to off-site locations
- This position requires the ability to travel to and enter care provider facilities funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services which provide housing and services to unaccompanied children. This position will require the provision of legal services to unaccompanied children in such care provider facilities. In accordance with the federal regulation, background check will be required for this position
- Passion for social justice for immigrants required and a willingness to engage with the Jewish community
- Experience with removal defense or the intersection of immigration and family law or criminal defense
- Dedication to serving immigrant communities with a sincere commitment to working on behalf of low income immigrants
- Experience working with detained immigrants or other incarcerated populations
- Experience working with marginalized populations and survivors of trauma
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