Duties: Advise, counsel, and represent immigrant survivors of gender-based violence in their legal matters before the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, and Department of Justice (immigration courts and Board of Immigration Appeals). Provide brief advice and counsel and referrals to immigrant survivors of gender-based violence in legal matters related to immigration law, conduct intakes, and maintain a caseload of 60 – 100 cases, approximately 50-60% of which will be co-counseled with pro bono attorneys. Actively participate in an interdisciplinary legal team that centers and empowers Tahirih’s clients throughout the course of representation. Collaborate well within a team structure. Communicate effectively within interdisciplinary teams, with clients, with supervisors, and with external partners. Engage in safety planning and other supportive collaborative casework in concert with Social Services team members as part of interdisciplinary, holistic, client-centered, trauma-informed service delivery. Identify and prioritize casework or other legal services that are mandatory grant deliverables for the office or program as a whole. Ensure quality control of the client database and files; maintain accurate data entry; ensure appropriate metrics tracking systems; and follow risk management procedures. Contribute to grant proposals, reports, and periodic policy advocacy pieces. Adhere to organizational and local office policies, such as attorney standards of practice, interdisciplinary policies, and ethical standards. Train, mentor, and provide ongoing support to the pro bono attorneys. As appropriate, represent Tahirih in coalition efforts, build relationships and collaborate with the immigrant rights community through outreach events and substantive training, rooted in Tahirih’s interdisciplinary model of representation. Regularly engage in professional development to hone skillset and immigration law substantive knowledge. Contribute to organization-wide meetings, resources, and materials. As needed, assist in the recruitment, supervision, and support of in-house volunteers and interns. Support office paralegal(s) and other supporting staff members in their administrative duties.
Qualification and Experience
Required Qualifications: J.D. or equivalent Degree. Current Bar Membership in good standing in any state in the US or District of Columbia or US territory. 2+ years of direct legal services experience, ideally in immigration law. Experience working on asylum, U-Visa, T-visa, VAWA, and SIJS applications. Experience supporting survivors of violence and trauma and those from diverse cultural backgrounds. Great legal analysis, written and oral advocacy, and presentation skills. Responsible, self-initiating, and focused, with proven ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment. Strong organizational habits, time management skills, and prioritization skills. Strong interpersonal skills, cultural humility, and cross-cultural communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience designing training and presenting to legal and non-legal audiences. Experience litigating appeals, preferably in the immigration context, or superb legal research and writing skills and a desire to gain expertise in cutting-edge immigration appellate work. Fluency in Spanish or French. Existing ties and/or relationships to these communities, and willingness to prioritize and amplify the voices of immigrant and low-income clients.
Tahirih Justice Center
230 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303