Staff Attorney

International Rescue Committee

IRC BACKGROUND:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC is at work today in more than 40 countries and in 26 U.S. cities. The IRC’s Resettlement, Asylum and Integration (RAI) department creates opportunities for refugees and other vulnerable migrants to survive and thrive in the US. RAI serves nearly 50,000 individuals each year in the US through a diverse portfolio of programs aimed at achieving outcomes in five impact areas: Health, Safety, Economic Wellbeing, Education, and Power.

JOB OVERVIEW:

IRC seeks a Staff Attorney to join the Baltimore Immigration Legal Services team to represent asylum seekers and other individuals facing removal in immigration court, as well as on petitions before US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). The Staff Attorney will also conduct community-based know your rights sessions. The Staff Attorney will bring experience representing asylum seekers in immigration court and a passion for this area of work. The position will work in collaboration with community partners and will be part of the Removal Defense Community of Practice, led by IRC’s Immigration Technical Unit (TU) at IRC’s headquarters, which supports IRC’s 24 legal service programs across the US.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Direct Legal Representation and Program Management

  • Conduct intakes with IRC clients and community members and provide direct legal representation to individuals in immigration court and before USCIS/ the Asylum Office.
  • Coordinate closely within IRC’s multidisciplinary teams to identify needs and facilitate referrals to services offered in-house and through partnerships with external providers.
  • Ensure client and program data is collected consistently, managed appropriately, and reported accurately in accordance with program reporting requirements set by IRC.
  • Position may supervise legal assistants and/or interns.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge and expertise of changing asylum and immigration policies through independent research and analysis, regular trainings, and peer-to-peer consultation.
  • Conduct trainings for IRC staff and/or externally as needed.
  • Conduct pro bono training/mentoring responsibilities, as needed.
  • Participate in community-based coalitions related to immigrant rights.
  • Serve as a strong advocate for humanitarian immigrants.

Community Partnerships and Workshops

  • Create and maintain a viable outreach strategy to cultivate and maintain strong relationships with community-based organization, local immigration attorneys, and nonprofit legal providers.
  • Collaborate with other IRC departments and partners to offer community-based workshops or information sessions when demand exceeds capacity to provide direct legal representation.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Law degree (JD or LLM) from an ABA-accredited U.S. institution and admission to any state bar;
  • Ideally at least one year experience providing direct representation in immigration court and/or before USCIS to asylum applicants and other immigrants seeking humanitarian relief; law school graduates with clinical legal experience may be considered;
  • Excellent legal research, writing, analytical, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally in a courtroom setting and in writing;
  • Bilingual in one or more languages of the survivor population preferred (eg, Spanish, French, Arabic);
  • Deep commitment to immigrant rights and working with humanitarian immigrants;
  • Trauma-informed and sensitive listening and communication skills;
  • Evidence of capacity to be a strong team member in a highly collaborative and fast-paced multidisciplinary environment;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, active insurance policy and ability to travel frequently in and around the service area to attend hearings and interviews and engage with clients and community partners.

Working Environment:**

  • Standard office environment with occasional participation in community outreach and legal assistance events.
  • May require occasional weekend and/or evening work.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

How to apply

Please apply on our website:

https://rescue.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/36932?c=rescue


Closing date: 22 Feb 2023