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Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Atlanta), Senior Staff Attorney

Company: Immigratin Advocatres Network
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: August 3, 2022

Job Description:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Atlanta), Senior Staff Attorney
Advancing Justice - Atlanta's mission is to protect and promote the civil rights of Asian -Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast through policy -advocacy, legal services, civic engagement, and leadership development. Our vision is a social -movement where individuals are fully empowered, active in civic life, and working together to -promote equity and fair treatment for all. Advancing Justice - Atlanta provides comprehensive, high-quality immigration legal services to -immigrant communities in Georgia. Our multilingual team assists low-income immigrants in -obtaining lawful status, becoming citizens, and defending against deportation. We seek to -empower immigrants through free immigration legal workshops and community education -programs. In 2020, we provided free or low-cost legal services to over 700 individuals in 20 -different languages. Position:
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta seeks a Senior Staff Attorney to provide and assist -in the supervision of immigration legal services to individuals in removal proceedings. Holding -over 10% of all immigration detainees in the United States, Georgia is a leader in immigration -detention. The Atlanta Immigration Court's denial rates are also amongst the highest in the -country, making the need for deportation defense even more critical. This opportunity is geared -towards an attorney with at least three years of experience practicing before immigration agencies. Responsibilities:

  • Independently manage a caseload of deportation defense cases, including bond and parole -proceedings, asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, -U nonimmigrant status, T nonimmigrant status, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile -Status, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status with applicable waivers, motions to -reopen, and appeals;
  • Assist in the supervision of the legal work of staff attorneys and legal representatives in -support of both detained and non-detained individuals in removal proceedings;
  • Conduct immigration consultations and provide pro se legal advice;
  • Travel to detention centers in Georgia to meet with detainees (once safe to do so per public -health guidelines and organizational policy);
  • Provide topic-specific trainings in immigration law and practice for legal staff;
  • Participate in community outreach and educational activities, including Know-Your-Rights workshops and citizenship clinics;
  • Develop relationships with stakeholders and community partners;
  • Contribute to grant applications and reports. Qualifications:
    • Local to the Atlanta area, with access to reliable transportation. The position will -largely be remote for the time being due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will likely -require limited travel to and from the Advancing Justice - Atlanta office in Norcross, -GA for certain tasks. Precautions are in place to ensure safe access to the office. -
    • J.D. from an accredited university;
    • Membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
    • A sincere desire to advocate for social change in immigrant communities through legal -services and in a community setting;
    • Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, and writing skills;
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and respectfully with a diverse client -population as well as with community members;
    • Flexibility to attend evening and weekend events and meetings, as needed.
    • At least three years of experience practicing before immigration agencies;
    • Prior experience training staff and supervising casework;
    • Fluency in Spanish or one Asian language (Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Urdu/Hindi, -Arabic). How to Apply:
      Please send a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a legal writing sample (5-10 pages) to Palmer -Lawrence at plawrence@advancingjustice-atlanta.org.

Keywords: Immigratin Advocatres Network, Santa Clara , Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Atlanta), Senior Staff Attorney, Legal , Santa Clara, California

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