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ProfileStaff Attorney Duties: Oversee a docket of cases in which the Staff Attorney, or volunteers supervised by the Staff Attorney, are appointed as Child Advocate to unaccompanied children held in federal custody in the Rio Grande Valley. Advance cases by gathering information about each child’s life from the child, family members, and agencies with relevant information. Apply a child-rights paradigm to identify and advocate for the best interests of these unaccompanied children with each federal agency with authority over the child, including shelter officials, the custodial agency (within the federal Department of Health and Human Services), immigration judges, asylum officers, immigration attorneys, and state court judges when applicable. Draft and submit written best interests recommendations applying federal, state and international law. Develop relationships and coordinate with stakeholders serving unaccompanied children in the Harlingen area. Train and supervise volunteer Child Advocates in the Harlingen area. Assist with monthly reporting and other program and administrative responsibilities as necessary.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: JD Degree and authorization to practice law. Proficiency in Spanish, including the ability to speak with children in Spanish and to communicate over the telephone in Spanish with children, family members, and others. Excellent written and oral advocacy skills. Ability to take initiative, to work collaboratively, and an enthusiasm for working with volunteers. Excellent time management and organization skills. An ability to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment. Passion, tenacity and optimism for the issues affecting immigrant children and their families. Preferred: 2+ years of experience practicing law, ideally in the fields of child welfare, juvenile justice, or immigration.
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The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
402 S. F St.
2nd Floor, Suite B
Harlingen, TX 78550