The Staff Attorney position will (1) provide affirmative immigration relief services; (2) provide representation of clients in deportation proceedings; (3) outreach at assigned community college campuses; and (4) work closely with other UFW Foundation programs to drive an organizing culture which influences systemic change. There are four (4) Staff Attorney positions, they will be located in one of the following locations: Northern Central Valley, Southern Central Valley, and Southern Central Coast. These are full-time exempt positions. The Staff Attorney will be a member of the purpose of the Community Colleges Immigration Services Project whose goal it is to provide students, staff, and faculty free immigration legal services, including education and outreach services, on campus as well as through the UFW Foundation’s Teleconsulta services, (Telemedicine model for immigration consultations).
The UFW Foundation seeks an individual with law practice experience or experience working with immigrant communities that can help the organization, in collaboration with the UFW Foundation’s various programs and departments, as well as its partners, to develop a service delivery model that will maximize the limited resources in rural communities and leverage relationships from urban centers.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following: (This is not an exhaustive list)
- Provide services to community college students, staff, faculty and their families with affirmative immigration applications, as well as removal defense cases
- Assess immigration relief needs of community college students, staff, faculty and determine eligibility for available immigration benefits, including but not limited to: naturalization, DACA renewal, employment authorization, family-based petitions, adjustment of status, and renewal of permanent resident card, asylum, and removal defense issues
- Assist at UFW Foundation led naturalization and DACA renewal group processing events
- Assist with Know Your Rights presentation seducation and outreach activities, such as Know Your Rights presentations and other affirmative immigration relief information sessions
- Attend all “triage” meetings as scheduled to screen for potential clients
- Explain initial and/or appeal processes and timelines
- Give clients a clear analysis on their cases, relief options and next steps
- Identify trends in Department of Homeland Services practices and community needs that will help inform advocacy efforts
- Prepare and submit applications, legal briefs, and supporting documentation for immigration relief, including but not limited to: naturalization, DACA renewal, employment authorization, family-based petitions, adjustment of status, and renewal of permanent resident card, asylum, and removal defense issues;Prepare and submit applications, legal briefs, and supporting documentation for immigration relief, including but not limited to: asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visa, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, refugee waivers, and SIJS
- Prepare and submit reports to program funders as assigned
- Provide trainings and technical assistance to UFW Foundation staff, volunteers and partner organizations
- Regular travel to necessary court hearings community colleges (as assigned), UFW Foundation service centers and trainings
- Review criminal dispositions and analyze immigration consequences
- Support UFW Foundation member services department application workshops and other events, when possible
- Work closely with Managing and Directing Attorneys to maximize case output
- Work diligently to file cases
- Support UFW Foundation’s fundraising goals
- Other tasks as needed.
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