Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Programs
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Salary
  • Seasonal

If you are passionate about transforming communities with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

Immigration Attorney (Afghan Placement and Assistance Program) LIRS is seeking to fill two positions for this role. This position will report to LIRS's Deputy Director for Refugee and Migrant Services. You will support the LIRS network through the provision of technical assistance and training on legal support for Afghan parolee clients served by the LIRS network through the Department of State Bureau of Populations, Refugees and Migration's (PRM) new Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) program. The primary function of the Immigration Attorney will be to provide technical assistance and training on client-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally competent legal counsel and representation to Afghan parolees on related immigration matters. The immigration attorney will collaborate with cross-department colleagues, and affiliate partners within the LIRS network to achieve this goal. This temporary position will be full-time, fully remote with a contract through March 31, 2022.

For 80 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has offered welcome and hope to more than half a million refugees. Since 1939, LIRS has transformed lives, with the support and hard work of people like you, to welcome the most vulnerable to the United States-from Sea to shining sea.

LIRS is a national organization with a budget of over $88 million per year, and over 100 staff nationwide. Widely recognized for our expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants in the United States, LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and advances the protection and rights of vulnerable migrants.

Headquartered in the beautiful Inner Harbor of downtown Baltimore we provide services nationwide through a network of staff and affiliates. As we continue to grow, we search for the best candidates and offer excellent benefits to include flexible work hours, medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, professional development funds, parental leave, a 403(b) with organizational match, and more!

DUTIES

  • Provide technical support to local staff on various immigration matters for Afghan parolees served by the LIRS network including documentation, asylum, family-based petitions and visas, Employment Authorization, adjustment of status, hardship waivers, and other legal needs, as needed
  • Work collaboratively with local affiliate staff to deliver high quality, holistic services that center the client
  • Provide training on how to conduct trauma-informed, client-centered, legal screenings and intakes to program clients and on how to evaluate and explain possible immigration and family law remedies
  • Provide training on how to provide trauma-informed, client-centered and culturally competent direct legal representation to clients in immigration law before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) under government grant compliance/metrics
  • Prepare and conduct outreach and education programs on immigration law and domestic violence to stakeholder groups
  • Perform legal research on AILA publications, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Title 8 of Code of Federal Regulations (8 C.F.R.), and other related primary and secondary sources of immigration law and regulations. Maintain up-to-date knowledge on U.S. law as it relates to this population.
  • Maintain accurate data entry and record-keeping for grant-funded projects
  • Design and disseminate critical external-facing materials for LIRS network staff and Afghan parolees
  • Conduct training and provide technical assistance to the LIRS network on how to conduct group information sessions on Know Your Rights and other critical legal matters for Afghan parolees
  • Assists with community outreach and education, and group presentations and workshops; and represents the agency to a variety of organizations and at community and professional functions and meetings, as requested
  • Represent LIRS in coalition meetings; network and build relationships with like-minded organizations

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Law degree from an accredited law school required.
  • At least 2-5 years of experience representing immigrants before the DHS, Immigration Courts and BIA strongly preferred; candidates with exceptional clinical or internship experience may also be considered
  • Strong substantive understanding of U.S. immigration law
  • Experience working with survivors of trauma and immigrants
  • Excellent legal analysis, written and oral advocacy, and presentation skills.
  • Responsible, self-initiating, and focused, with proven ability to work independently and also collaboratively in a team-based decision-making environment
  • Experience designing training and presenting to legal and non-legal audiences is a plus
  • Meticulous organizational habits with an ability to manage a complex caseload, establish priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills; experience working with clients, staff, and interns of diverse backgrounds
  • Commitment to learning and promoting the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Fluency in Dari or Pashto is desired.
  • Understanding of the law firm and pro bono culture a plus.
  • Excellent MS Office Suite skills, particularly in Word and Excel, required.
  • Flexibility to adapt to program changes and client needs.
  • Experience with and commitment to working in a fast-paced and diverse work environment.
  • Deep commitment to LIRS's core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners.
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