Virginia Immigration Staff Attorney, Ayuda


Ayuda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing direct legal, social and language access services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Ayuda envisions a community where all immigrants succeed and thrive in the United States. Since 1973, Ayuda has helped low-income immigrants achieve safety and stability for themselves and their families by providing legal services in in the areas of immigration law, domestic violence protection orders and family law, as well as social services and access to interpreters and translators.


Provide direct legal representation to low-income immigrants in a variety of matters before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), with a focus on serving immigrant survivors of intimate-partner violence, human trafficking, and vulnerable children and youth.


  • Provide legal representation to children either in ORR custody or formerly in ORR custody released to custodians in Northern Virginia, including representation in removal proceedings, state court custody matters in Virginia, and applications for other forms of relief before USCIS
  • Where necessary, advocate on behalf of clients who have been victims of crimes, including human trafficking, in interactions with law enforcement
  • Attend local and regional stakeholder, coalition, and advocacy meetings as a representative of Ayuda and on behalf of Ayuda’s client population
  • Stay current on relevant laws and policies by attending trainings and conferences and reviewing new laws, regulations and court rules
  • Assist with preparation of grant applications, grant administration, and reports
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Member in good standing with the VA bar or immediately eligible for admission upon motion to the VA bar strongly preferred, license to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction required;
  • Bilingual skills required, with Spanish language skills strongly preferred (other languages commonly spoken by Ayuda’s clients include Tagalog, French, Ixchil, other indigenous languages spoken in Central America, Portuguese, Arabic, and Amharic);
  • Strong legal, organizational and time-management skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team;
  • Experience in immigration law, with litigation and removal defense experience a plus;
  • Experience working with children and/or child custody or guardianship petitions a plus;
  • Experience working with survivors of trauma a plus;
  • Availability to begin work as soon as possible (contingent on funder approval) preferred; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial and economic justice.

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