Detention Program Attorney Job Posting

The Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free immigration legal services to adults in immigration detention and to children and their families across Colorado. In addition to a robust pro bono referral program, RMIAN’s Detention Program directly represents clients detained at the privately-owned civil immigration detention facility in Aurora, Colorado. RMIAN has an immediate opening for a full-time Detention Program Attorney.

Position Description

RMIAN is seeking an attorney to join its team of attorneys, social workers, and paralegals devoted to representing detained clients in Aurora, Colorado. This attorney would represent clients through the National Qualified Representative Program (NQRP); provide direct representation to other vulnerable populations such as trafficking survivors; and provide know-your-rights presentations, intakes, and pro se assistance to individuals through the Legal Orientation Program.                                                                                                         

The attorney will maintain a direct representation caseload before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The attorney will collaborate with other attorneys, social workers, and paralegals to provide zealous and holistic representation to clients.

In addition to direct representation, the attorney will provide legal orientation presentations at the Aurora immigration detention center. This includes conducting individual intakes, holding pro se workshops, and preparing cases for referral to pro bono volunteer attorneys.

Lastly, the attorney will engage in broader advocacy efforts to expand RMIAN’s impact. The attorney is expected to participate in community outreach efforts to educate the public about RMIAN’s work and the organization’s mission.

Position Requirements

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

  • Sharp legal mind with exceptional legal research and writing skills

  • Dedication to challenging and creative lawyering

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

  • Spanish proficiency/fluency

  • 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.