Bilingual Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Founded in 1984, NWIRP is a nationally recognized legal servicesorganization on the front lines of defending and advancing the rights of immigrants. Each year, NWIRP provides direct legal representation and assistance in immigration matters to thousands of people with low incomes who come from over 160 countries and speak over 60 different languages. NWIRP challenges unjust policies through high-impact lawsuits and advocates for laws and policies that respect the rights of immigrants. NWIRP is also a trusted provider of immigration-related community education for immigrant communities and social service providers. NWIRP has a staff of over 100 and an annual budget of over $12 million. NWIRP serves the community through four offices in Washington State (Granger, Seattle, Tacoma and Wenatchee), but the impact of our work is felt nationwide.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish speaking attorney, or law graduate who will take the next available bar examination to provide direct representation and community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of affirmative and defensive immigration matters. The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation (2) individual consultations; (3) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (4) community education. The attorney will provide legal representation in various matters, but will focus on 1) defending individuals in removal proceedings; 2) representing victims of crime in applying for immigration benefits (including self-petitions, U visas, T visas, and other forms of relief); and 3) representing community member seeking immigration status through family visa petitions. The attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters as needed.
- Provide direct representation to clients in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, in matters before the Board of Immigration Appeals, or before state and federal courts, and before the Department of Homeland Security
- Maintain a working knowledge of significant policies, laws and trends in immigration law, particularly as it impacts low-income immigrants and those impacted by the criminal justice system
- Conduct case analysis to determine clients’ options for protection/ status under the immigration laws
- Participate in NWIRP’s fundraising efforts
- Participate in NWIRP’s outreach, community education, and development efforts
- Perform administrative tasks related to grant reporting and other requirements
- Perform other tasks as required and directed by supervisory staff
- Law degree
- Admission to the bar of any state in the U.S. (or planning to take the July 2020 bar exam)
- Demonstrated commitment to advancing and defending immigrant rights and willingness to support NWIRP’s mission, vision, and values
- Fluent in English and Spanish
- Commitment to working in a diverse working environment
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently
- An ability to provide trauma-informed and culturally competent legal representation
- Ability to take on an existing caseload
- Proficiency in use of web-based software, MS Word and MS Excel
- The applicant must have a valid driver’s license as the position involves some travel
How to Apply:
To apply for this position, send a cover letter, resume and references to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “2020 RIJ Attorney - NAME”.