Job Announcement: Detention Legal Orientation Program Attorney

RMIAN has an immediate opening for a full-time Detention Legal Orientation Program Attorney to expand capacity for screening cases at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility and join its team of attorneys, social workers, and paralegals devoted to supporting LOP participants in Aurora, Colorado.  

Position Description:

RMIAN’s LOP team conducts daily group presentations to advise participants of their rights in immigration proceedings, educate about the forms of release from detention, and explain the different defenses against deportation. Following the presentation, RMIAN conducts intakes to screen cases for possible pro bono representation – either through RMIAN’s direct representation teams or volunteer attorneys. Additionally, the LOP team is responsible for providing comprehensive pro se support, including individual sessions and group workshops, to people facing deportation proceedings without the assistance of counsel.   

The Legal Orientation Program Attorney’s role will have three primary components:

First, the attorney will provide Know-Your-Rights presentations and legal intakes multiple times a week at the detention facility in Aurora.

Second, the attorney will support RMIAN’s pro bono efforts to match as many cases as possible with free legal representation These duties will include screening cases, helping with pro bono placements, and communicating with all parties.

Third, the attorney will offer pro se support to people who are unable to be matched with a pro bono attorney due to lack of resources. Through this model, the attorney will provide individual sessions and group workshops to educate participants about the forms of relief available under immigration law as well as effective advocacy and evidence collection techniques to help participants successfully present their cases.  

In addition, the attorney will have a limited direct representation caseload focused predominantly on bond, parole, and matters for asylum seekers subjected to the expedited removal process. Finally, the attorney will participate in community outreach efforts to educate the public about RMIAN’s work and the organization’s mission.

Position Requirements:

  • Admission to any state bar

  • English & Spanish proficiency/fluency required

  • Exceptional organizational skills, strong sense of personal initiative, ability to multi-task, and respond to emergent situations

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral

  • Demonstrated experience in immigration law

  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to be a flexible team player, enthusiasm and high energy for the work

  • Ability to comfortably and appropriately maintain and navigate relationships with governmental agencies, nonprofit providers, and other stakeholders

  • Passion for RMIAN’s mission and demonstrated commitment to social justice, immigrant rights, or public interest law

  • Demonstrated cultural competency

Compensation:

  • This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package.

To apply, please send a detailed cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of professional references to hr@rmian.org.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

RMIAN is an equal opportunity employer and recognizes the importance of diversity in the workplace. We encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and other underrepresented and marginalized groups. RMIAN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status or veteran status. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment free from discrimination.