Full Time

Legal Assistants for detained migrants, Direct Representation at Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project

Fields: immigrants, refugees, law, human rights, policy

Location: Florence, Phoenix, and/or Tucson, Arizona

Deadline: ASAP

About the Organization: The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP) was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent non-citizens detained at the rural Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. Through our programs today, we provide provides free legal and social services to more than 4,000 men, women, and children detained in Eloy, Florence, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona on any given day, and supports initiatives for national changes in immigration law and policy. FIRRP has become known nationally for its legal service delivery systems which ensure detained people empowered access to justice.

About the Position: We are seeking an individual to join our staff as Legal Assistant to support our growing direct representation legal team. We believe that every person in immigration court should have the right to an attorney, and the growth of our direct representation team embodies a major expansion of our capacity to provide full representation to detained individuals. This position will work with attorneys to serve a wide range of clients in all major defensive forms of relief with an eye toward developing the groundwork to one day create a system for universal representation.

This position is tentatively based out of the Florence Project’s office in Florence, AZ, approximately one hour south of Phoenix and one and a half hours north of Tucson, with the flexibility to work out of the Project’s Tucson or Phoenix offices 1-3 days a week, depending on workload and conversations with your supervisor. This position requires frequent time spent in detention facilities in Eloy and Florence. Requires access to a reliable means of transportation. We also provide mileage reimbursement for travel between offices and places of work. Must be able to clear basic background checks and obtain security clearance to enter detention facilities.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Fluent or professionally proficient in Spanish
  • Demonstrated commitment to or interest in social justice, immigrant rights, or human rights issues
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to be a flexible team player; Strong work ethic with a demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure
  • Must be comfortable working with clients from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including individuals with criminal histories, individuals who have suffered trauma, and individuals from a wide array of cultures and countries.
  • Prior work in immigrant rights, human rights, LGBTQ rights, criminal justice, or mental health advocacy is a plus.
  • Experience working with survivors of domestic violence or victims of trafficking is also a plus.

Estimated Salary: starting $42,000 annually, plus benefits.

Apply Here: Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project

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