The Immigration Attorney represents low income, culturally diverse clients in humanitarian and family-based immigration cases. The Multicultural Center (MC) at NVFS provides multicultural mental health, case management and legal services that address the needs of low-income, English-limited immigrants and refugees for whom existing services are inaccessible due to language and cultural barriers. Clients include individuals from all cultural and ethnic groups whose mental health and socio-economic stability is compromised as a result of trauma, poverty, chronic stress, and other tremendous challenges posed by the process of cultural adjustment. Trauma informed services are provided by bilingual, bicultural counselors, therapists, case managers and attorney/ accredited representatives.
All NVFS employees are expected to demonstrate the organizational values and sensitivity to the diversity of the organizations client base.
Essential Job Duties:
- Conduct initial phone intake and legal consultation to determine eligibility for program services
- Prepare and submit immigration applications for the following:
- Asylum, withholding of removal, Convention Against Torture claims
- VAWA petitions, removal of condition waivers, and cancellation of removal
- U visas
- T visas
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
- Adjustment of status
- Family petitions
- Consular processing
- Temporary Protected Status/Deferred Enforced Departure
- Waivers of inadmissibility
- Additional benefits such as employment authorization documents, travel documents, renewal of permanent resident cards, Certificates of Citizenship, FOIAs , etc.
- Other types of immigration cases as necessary
- Represent clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Board of Immigration Appeals; including attending immigration interviews, asylum interviews, immigration court hearings, and Infopass appointments
- Perform administrative duties necessary to support legal representation (copying, filing, translating, etc.)
- Ensure client fees are assessed and collected per retainer agreements
- Maintain client database and files in accordance with program/legal requirements and NVFS guidelines
- Comply with all legal ethical standards
- Make internal and external referrals to other services within the Agency and community, and work with other NVFS staff to provide collaborative services to clients
- Ensure operations and delivery of the legal services program is effective, efficient, and in compliance with all external regulatory standards and professional code of ethics
- Keep informed of changing immigration laws and procedures
- Assist in the development of grants or contract proposals and reporting
- Conduct outreach, lead trainings and participate in networking activities to promote services and to learn about available resources; collaborate with other agencies to complement services
- Maintain bar membership through continuing education
- Volunteer/pro bono attorneys
- Legal interns and volunteers
Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- JD required; must be a member of good standing of any U.S. Bar, with the Virginia Bar preferred
- At least two (2) years of experience practicing immigration law required
- Experience with asylum, SIJS, and domestic violence-related applications preferred
- Oral and written fluency in English and Spanish required
- Experience working with survivors of trauma preferred
- Must be willing and able to transport clients for hearings; clean DMV record, valid U.S. drivers license and own/reliable transportation required
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required
Must demonstrate the following:
- Passion for providing nonprofit legal services and serving vulnerable populations
- Ability to independently maintain a large caseload
- Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
- Highly organized, detail-oriented and capable of working in a fast-paced environment, including responding to stress in a professional manner
- Personal integrity in handling ethical and confidential situations
- Interest in working collaboratively with other professionals (case managers, mental health therapists, etc.) in wraparound services model; interest in developing the Legal Services Program
- Willingness to expand skill set and learn new areas of the law;
- Knowledge in entering and retrieving data using computer systems, Microsoft applications, and other office equipment
Special Requirements: Due to licensing/insurance requirements or accreditation standards, some positions may require additional information to determine ability to satisfactorily perform the job tasks.
- Criminal history background check
- Child Protective Services (CPS) background check
- May be called upon to work beyond normal working hours
- Must be willing and able to travel to various locations within Northern Virginia and Maryland which may include courts, immigration offices, police stations, other attorneys offices, community locations for trainings, and other non-government locations at times to accommodate clients needs.
Comments: This description is intended to describe the essential job functions and the essential requirements for the performance of this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and requirements of a person so classified. Other functions may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the duties at any time.
Northern Virginia Family Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify participant.
About Northern Virginia Family Service
Working at Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) means doing work that matters every day because of the difference you will make in the lives of children and families in Northern Virginia. NVFS breadth, depth and scope of services offer the resources and support to ensure that everyone in need, at every stage of life, maximizes their potential and fully contributes to a thriving community. NVFS is a private, non-profit human service organization 400 employees, 6,000+ volunteers, and various offices located throughout Northern Virginia. Serving nearly 35,000 children and families, our program areas include housing and emergency services; nutritional, physical, and mental health services; early childhood education, foster care and child placement services; family reunification, youth intervention and prevention services; job training and entrepreneurship programs services; and legal services. Our employees are the heart of the organization, and we pride ourselves in the diversity of backgrounds and skillsets that we collectively provide to our community, clients and coworkers.