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Immigration Attorney

Company name

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Years of Experience

2-5 yrs required


Austin, TX

Date Last Verified

Nov 21,2017

Posted on

Sep 27,2017
Practice Area
Immigration >> Immigration
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Immigration Attorney The candidate will provide intake, advice and counsel, and direct legal representation to clients in immigration legal matters before EOIR, the BIA, ICE and USCIS, including removal defense representation and assisting clients in filing for U- visas, T- visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)- related applications, among other forms of immigration relief. Will coordinate all aspects of a client’s case, including client communication, relevant research, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies. Work collaboratively with a team of immigration paralegals within the office as well as with other immigration attorneys and paralegals throughout the service area. Provide immigration law and case-handling mentorship to colleagues. Assist the Human Trafficking team in screening and identifying clients who may be considered victims of labor and sex trafficking. Assist trafficking survivors in reporting to and collaborating with law enforcement and applying for relevant immigration relief and other legal remedies. Maintain and establish relationships with community partners and immigration service providers, including anti-trafficking coalitions. Maintain a working knowledge of significant policies, laws and trends in immigration law, particularly as they impact low-income immigrants. Prepare and conduct relevant community outreach events and presentations including, immigration know-your-rights workshops and direct outreach and education related to identification of trafficking.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have a J.D. degree from accredited university and be admitted to and in good standing with a State Bar. Must have 2-5 years of direct experience representing vulnerable non-citizens in their applications for relief, including U- visa, VAWA-related, and T- visa applications. Removal defense experience strongly preferred. In-depth knowledge of the wide range of immigration remedies available to clients is needed. Experience working collaboratively with anti-trafficking initiatives, service providers, and/or coalitions, as well as training on human trafficking-related issues strongly preferred. Dedication to and experience in serving low-income, non-citizen, vulnerable populations required. Fluency in English and Spanish needed.

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