|The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to work with detained individuals at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses 1200-1575 people from Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and overflow from other states.
A significant portion of the attorneys responsibilities will be to provide legal services under the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), which is funded by the Executive Office for Immigration Review and managed by the Vera Institute. Through the LOP, NWIRP staff give detained individuals essential information about court procedures and available options for legal relief prior to their immigration hearing. The LOP consists of four primary components: (1) group orientations; (2) individual sessions; (3) self-help training in the form of pro se workshops; and (4) referral of cases to pro bono attorneys. Information about the LOP can be found at the Department of Justice website (http://www.justice.gov/eoir/probono/probono.htm) and the Vera Institute website (http://www.vera.org/project/legal-orientation-program).
In addition to LOP work, roughly half of the attorney’s time will be spent providing direct representation to detained persons in removal proceedings, including representation at the Tacoma or Seattle Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit court of appeals.
This position will be located at the NWIRP office in Tacoma, Washington.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES
Send cover letter, resume and references to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Tacoma Staff Attorney Application. Position is open until filled; full consideration will be given to those who apply by April 13, 2012.