- The Immigration Project
The Immigration Project (serving Central and Southern Illinois) is accepting applications for the position of Staff Attorney.
The Immigration Project is a small, immigration legal aid organization, located in Normal, Illinois with a satellite office in Champaign, Illinois. The agency is the only non-profit immigration legal services agency located in downstate Illinois, serving clients in 86 counties outside of the Chicago/Cook County area. More information on the organization can be found at http://www.immigrationproject.org.
The Champaign office works closely with women and unaccompanied minors from indigenous communities seeking asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and removal defense.
Supervise and train law students from the University of Illinois College of Law’s externship program in the filing of U-visas, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) self-petitions, and asylum for adult and youth victims of domestic violence and related traumas.
Maintain a diverse client case load of family-based immigration, VAWA/U Visa, complex naturalization, asylum, and removal defense cases.
Prepare immigration applications, attend USCIS interviews, make appearances before the EOIR, research applicable law, compose memoranda, write client affidavits, and draft motions and briefs as needed.
- Counsel immigrants and their families regarding immigration legal remedies by traveling to regional clinic locations.
Represent the Immigration Project in meetings, press related events, regional/state associations, and other public forums as needed.
Present to the public on citizenship, Know Your Rights, recent executive orders, and other immigration matters.
Supervise and mentor administrative staff, volunteers, and interns.
Manage reporting and case management systems.
Minimum 2 years of immigration law experience strongly preferred. Previous experience working with indigenous communities, victims of domestic violence, and/or removal defense strongly preferred.
Fluent Spanish is required. Please indicate in resume or cover letter level of Spanish fluency and years of Spanish language experience.
French fluency (if in addition to Spanish) desired.
Any state bar membership is required.
Computer and internet skills required.
Ability and willingness to travel throughout Illinois regularly is required.
Previous experience supervising volunteers and/or administrative staff is preferred.
A two-year commitment to the position is desired.
About the organization
The Immigration Project provides access to quality legal services in Central and Southern Illinois where there are estimated to be 100,000 immigrants residing. Due to the complexity of immigration law, we have found that access to quality legal services is essential to keeping families united, building strong communities, and protecting victims of crime.
Our mission is to aid those seeking help in matters regarding immigration. We are dedicated to providing legal services to immigrants of all backgrounds to assist them with a broad range of immigrant issues, including naturalization (citizenship).
We offer individual attorney consultations and evaluations on immigration issues. Our staff are all fluent in Spanish. Topics include citizenship; assistance for victims of crimes, including domestic violence; family reunification; removal defense; and the fairly recent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.