Immigration Staff Attorney

Ascentria Care Alliance employees and volunteers take pride in the impact they have on the people they serve. It’s more than just a job, it’s an opportunity our employees have to care for and share in the lives of people who greatly need and appreciate their presence. Ascentria Care Alliance focuses on every child, elder, disabled person, refugee, endangered teen or teenage mom in order to build stronger communities one person at a time. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance the operations of a $75m non-profit social services organization with programs throughout New England.   
 
Summary:
 
The Staff Attorney represents eligible noncitizen unaccompanied minors before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Worcester Juvenile Court.  The attorney also conducts advocacy, education, and other outreach activities to raise awareness of immigration relief for unaccompanied minors.
 
Essential Responsibilities:
 
  • Conduct initial intake for the Ascentria Unaccompanied Minors Program to assess eligibility for immigration relief.
  • Provide “know your rights” presentations, legal advice, relevant referrals, and representation to eligible unaccompanied minors in immigration matters.
  • Provide training to community partners, the general public, and the private bar about immigration relief for unaccompanied minors and the unique challenges of working with immigrant children.
  • Complete representation of remaining detained caseload including less than five humanitarian cases involving adults.
  • Recruit pro bono attorneys, and provide mentorship and support to attorneys accepting unaccompanied minor referrals from the Ascentria Immigration Legal Assistance Program.
  • Complete regular grant reports for funding to support the Unaccompanied Minors Program and coordinate with the financial and management teams at Ascentria to ensure compliance with grant regulations.
  • Attend regular meetings with community partners including the Immigration Coalition Meetings, SIJS Working Group Meetings, and staff meetings.
Qualifications:
 
  • Must have valid license to practice law in the state of Massachusetts.  
  • Strong Spanish language skills (i.e. ability to speak, understand, read, and write) are required.
  • Must have at least one year of experience practicing immigration law.
  • Must have excellent research and writing skills, outstanding oral communication skills, strong organizational skills, an ability to work collaboratively with other staff, and self-motivation.
  • Must be adept at interacting with a wide variety of people and comfortable working in a busy, open work environment.
  • Must have a demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice.  Prior experience in a public interest setting is highly desirable.
Physical/Mental Demands:
 
Physical Demands are generally:
Sedentary - While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Distance vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • Required to sit for long periods of time.
  • Infrequent light physical effort required
  • Requires driving own vehicle to various sites.
     
Mental Demands are generally:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to problem solve, make decisions, interpret data and organize.  
  • Ability to do detailed work with high degree of concentration 
  • Ability to work under stress or in a fast-paced environment.  
 

Location: Worcester, MA
Department: community services, refugee services
Type: Full Time


Ascentria Care Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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