Job Opportunities

Immigration Staff Attorney

HBA is looking for an immigration staff attorney who is highly motivated and self-directed and can manage a caseload of asylum and other types of immigration cases. The attorney will collaborate with the managing attorney and legal director on their cases as well as other staff attorneys, legal assistants, fellows, interns, and/or volunteers. The immigration staff attorney will provide support for TPS holders and those eligible for TPS, work with asylum seekers in detention, and help manage a pro bono legal referral project with the National Bar Association and AILA. The working environment is fast-paced but flexible.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal screenings and intake interviews with asylum seekers across the United States;
  • Provide legal consultations and direct representation to immigrants including asylum seekers in detained and non-detained cases;
  • Provide remote, limited scope legal assistance to asylum seekers in removal proceedings, including assisting with credible fear interviews, bonds, and parole requests, and filing motions to change venue, asylum applications, and notices of appeal;
  • Provide legal consultations and direct services to TPS holders and those eligible for TPS;
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with legal services providers around the country;
  • Assist in placing cases with legal service providers, including helping manage a pro bono legal referral project with the National Bar Association and AILA;
  • Strategize and collaborate with other legal service providers on how best to meet the needs of the Black immigrant population and improve access to legal representation, particularly in detention centers near the U.S.-Mexico border;
  • Maintain client communication;
  • Identify, analyze and advocate for fair immigration policy that affect asylum seekers and other immigrants, and lead immigration policy advocacy campaigns;
  • Attend national and international coalition policy meetings;
  • Provide training and outreach to Black immigrant communities, partner organizations, and allies in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Haiti;
  • Assist legal director in research and preparation of white papers and legal/policy reports;
  • Other duties as requested based on the team and/or organization’s needs.

Qualifications

  • English fluency is required; French or Haitian Kreyol fluency is strongly preferred;
  • Must have a J.D. and be licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction;
  • Minimum 1-3 years of asylum or immigration law experience is required (salary will reflect experience);
  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Strong oral communication skills, including in both legal advocacy and client communications;
  • Applicants should be self-directed and self-reliant, highly organized, flexible, able to juggle multiple projects at once, and able to work in a fast-paced and often stressful environment;
  • Willingness to live and work in Southern California is strongly preferred;
  • The ability to travel within the United States and Mexico is preferred.

 

How to Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, two references, and a writing sample to nphillips@haitianbridge.organd info@haitianbridge.org using the subject line “Immigration Staff Attorney Application.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Only applicants considered for an interview will be contacted. HBA is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from Black immigrants, Indigenous people, people of color (BIPOC), Latinx people, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ people, women, and members of underrepresented communities. This is a full-time, salaried exempt position with competitive salary and benefits.