In collaboration with the Immigration Justice Campaign based in Washington D.C., a joint initiative between the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (AIC), RMIAN has an immediate opening for a Detention Program Pro Bono Coordinator to expand pro bono representation rates at the civil immigration detention center in Aurora, Colorado. This is a two-year Fellowship position, with the potential for more permanency.
RMIAN is seeking an attorney with experience in immigration removal defense and someone who understands the incredible value of pro bono representation and the impact an attorney has on the case outcomes for individuals in immigration detention. The Pro Bono Coordinator’s role will have three components: First, the attorney will recruit, train, place cases with, and mentor RMIAN volunteer attorneys while implementing innovative new pro bono legal representation strategies for adults detained in Aurora, Colorado. In coordination with the Immigration Justice Campaign, the Pro Bono Coordinator will place cases with and support volunteer attorneys; track case outcomes, metrics, input data, and maintain a shared case database; lead in the creation of training and orientation materials and presentations specific to local practice; mentor pro bono attorneys; maintain and build strong relationships with the legal community; and conduct recruiting efforts to expand volunteer interest. Second, the attorney will maintain a discrete direct representation practice before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in order to stay attuned to the current practice. Third, the Pro Bono Coordinator will work in collaboration with the Immigration Justice Campaign to track trends at the detention facility and construct broad advocacy strategies.
Admission to state bar
Demonstrated experience in immigration law, preferably in removal defense with detained populations
Exceptional organizational skills, strong sense of personal initiative, ability to multi-task, and respond to emergent situations
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated enthusiasm and high energy for the work
Spanish proficiency/fluency strongly preferred
Passion for RMIAN’s mission and demonstrated commitment to social justice
Excellent legal research and writing skills
Ability to comfortably and appropriately maintain and navigate relationships with governmental agencies, nonprofit providers, and other stakeholders
Demonstrated cultural competency
Salary 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.