he Florence Project’s Detained Immigrant and Refugee Children’s Initiative educates, empowers and provides legal assistance to unaccompanied immigrant children in removal proceedings in Phoenix, Arizona. All of the children served are held in shelters, group homes, or long term foster care overseen by the Office of Refugee Resettlement .
The children’s staff attorney will work on a team of five (one managing attorney, two staff attorneys, and two legal assistants) providing know your rights presentations at shelters, individual intakes, pre-court counseling sessions, and representation in front of the immigration court, family court, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The position includes extensive client contact with children, including indigenous children and children who have suffered abuse, abandonment, neglect or other emotional and physical trauma. The position also provides the opportunity to participate in outreach activities and collaborative projects within a national network of legal service providers for unaccompanied immigrant minors.
The position is open beginning in July 2012, with an application deadline of April 15th. The Florence Projects main office is based in Florence, but the position is based in a satellite office space in Phoenix, with travel to Florence one day a month. Starting salary is $35,000. Benefits include medical, dental, vision as well as generous vacation and leave policy.
Fluency in Spanish is required. The applicant must be barred in Arizona, be eligible to sit for the July bar exam in Arizona, or have two years of good standing in another state bar to waive into practice in Arizona. We are seeking applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to immigration issues and public interest law who enjoy working in a collaborative, client centered, and high volume work environment. Prior advocacy or academic experience in immigration law and experience working with teenagers is preferred.
Please send a cover letter and a resume with 3 references to Lindsay Marshall, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Florence Project recognizes the value of diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities and members of under-represented or disadvantaged communities.