Job Announcement: Detention Legal Orientation Program Legal Assistant

RMIAN has two (2) immediate openings for full-time Detention Legal Orientation Program Legal Assistants to expand capacity for screening and placing cases with pro bono legal representation 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 Legal Assistants will divide up the following responsibilities:

  • Creating daily attendance lists for Know-Your-Rights presentations at the immigration detention center in Aurora, Colorado

  • Conducting data entry and compiling monthly reports for RMIAN’s Legal Orientation Program

  • Responding to phone calls to RMIAN's hotline

  • Administering mailings and processing incoming mail

  • Inputting intake information into RMIAN’s case management software

  • Preparing LOP participants at the detention center in representing themselves pro se and offering group workshops to prepare people to appear in court

  • Supporting pro bono referrals to volunteer attorneys

  • Communicating with individuals who are matched with pro bono counsel

  • Assisting with community outreach and presentations

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Associate’s degree from ABA approved paralegal program preferred 

  • English & Spanish fluency, both written and oral, required

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Attention to detail and ability to prioritize and multi-task

  • Experience and comfort working in multicultural environments

  • Ability to work independently and efficiently in a fast-paced workplace

  • Passion for RMIAN’s mission and commitment to social justice and human rights issues

  • Experience or background in immigration law strongly preferred

  • Travel to the detention facility is required

Compensation:

  • These are both full-time, salaried, non-exempt positions. Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package.

To apply, please send a detailed cover letter, resume, 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.