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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
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Policy Attorney Duties: Educate and influence Congressional members’ views on immigration issues through conducting legislative visits, providing technical assistance, and sharing information. Track legislation and policy developments, and provide analysis of key parts of proposed legislation and policies. Represent in advocacy meetings, collaboratives and other settings to advance policy priorities and recommendations on immigration enforcement, immigration consequences of crimes, family immigration and other immigration legal issues as needed. Develop advocacy materials (fact sheets, talking points, proposed legislative language, statements, letters, formal advocacy guides, comments, etc.) for Congressional and government audiences. Develop and maintain relationships with immigration advocacy organizations in DC and work with them to develop and implement creative and collaborative advocacy strategies. Provide policy support to advance external communications around complex immigration legal issues. Monitor regulatory changes with regard to immigration policy and draft comments in response. Conduct legal trainings on immigration topics for immigration law practitioners. Write manuals, practitioner advisories, and outreach and educational materials for attorneys, paralegals, community organizers, members of the immigrant community, and others. Work with the Senior Policy Strategist to develop and maintain relationships with organizations led by immigrants or significantly composed of immigrants and provide ways to collaborate with them and elevate their priorities in DC advocacy efforts.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: A law degree and 1-3 years of experience with immigration law and policies. A current Bar membership in good standing of any US state or the District of Columbia. Interest in issues pertaining to immigration enforcement and the intersection of immigration and criminal law. Familiarity with federal legislative and regulatory processes, including the ability to track and interpret legislation and regulations. Interest in partnering with and supporting organizations led by and/or composed of immigration and/or limited English speakers. Exceptional time management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects. Ability to maintain and nurture collegial relationships with the full range of partners including Members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, coalition partners, and immigrant based organizations. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills, and demonstrated ability to translate technical material for a variety of audiences. Skills in synthesizing and communicating complex policy issues, including the ability to convey principles on a variety of issues, in a succinct and compelling way and tailored to various audiences. A strong work ethic, including the following qualities: organized, flexible, reliable, goal-oriented, and dependable, with the ability to be an independent worker and handle several projects simultaneously while thriving in a team-based collaborative decision-making environment.
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