Immigration Attorney, YMCA of Greater Houston

 

YMCA International Services is a unique branch of the Y of Greater Houston and seeks to meet the needs of Houston’s significant refugee and immigrant communities. We provide comprehensive programs that focus on building human assets and fostering self-sufficiency. “Deportation Defense Houston” is a project of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, which brings together a cohort of immigration legal services providers (currently, YMCA International Services, BakerRipley, Justice for Our Neighbors-Houston, and the South Texas College of Law Houston) to defend immigrants who are detained while their removal proceedings are pending.

Position:
The YMCA of Greater Houston is currently hiring an immigration attorney to work on the DDH project. The Attorney will provide high quality immigration legal services to low income detained immigrants at the four Houston area detention facilities. The attorney should be capable of working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment where collaboration is key. The attorney should be flexible, communicative, and open to new ideas.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide consultations and screen immigrants in detention to ascertain immigration relief
  • Provide representation to individuals in other proceedings, such as federal courts and BIA
  • Monitor detention conditions and access to counsel issues
  • Organize and maintain client files and data for reporting purposes
  • Ensure that reports to funders are timely and accurately submitted
  • Coordinate client services with case managers, supervising attorney, and legal interns
  • Participate in regular peer and supervisor review meetings and legal trainings
  • Work collaboratively as part of a cohort
  • Engagement with stakeholders, including legal community, funders, and public officials
  • Provide mentorship and trainings in order to recruit and train pro bono attorneys
  • Perform all other duties as needed and/or as directed by supervisor including airport pickup of newly arrived refugees


Qualifications:

  • J.D. from ABA certified law school or international equivalen
  • A current bar membership in good standing
  • Fluent in Spanish and English is required
  • Experience in immigration law is preferred. Law school experience will be considered
  • Advanced legal research and writing skills
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong communication skills, client interviewing abilities, and an appreciation of multicultural experiences
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage time and resources
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work well with others, to work under pressure and handle a large volume of consultations, clients, and data, and highly self-motivated
  • Commitment to serving immigrants and sensitivity to the needs of low-income, culturally diverse clients
  • Texas Driver’s License; clean driving record; own vehicle; applicable auto insurance
  • Candidate must be willing to commute to detention facilities (if client is detained) - 45 minutes to 1.5 hours away
  • YMCA Leader certification (required within two years after hire)
  • Federal government clearance is required for this position


How to Apply:
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