The Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative of the SPLC seeks an experienced immigration attorney to lead its legal and advocacy strategy in Louisiana and Mississippi.
SIFI provides legal services to immigrants confined by ICE. Since 2017, SIFI has focused on representing clients in custody proceedings before immigration courts and ICE in Georgia and Louisiana. We have now expanded our legal services to related proceedings including Credible Fear Interview preparation and requests for redetermination before the Asylum Office, administrative motions to reopen or stays of removal, merits and appeals, administrative advocacy, and federal habeas litigation. In collaboration with community partners, SIFI also advances advocacy strategies like pro se support and media work.
The Lead Attorney will supervise a team of two attorneys and two project coordinators and administrative assistant. The team serves clients in multiple detention centers in Louisiana and Mississippi, including Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center, LaSalle Detention Center, Winn Correctional Center, and Adams County ICE Processing Center.
Primary Job Functions:
Direct SIFI’s legal and advocacy strategy in Louisiana and Mississippi;
Manage SIFI’s docket in Louisiana and Mississippi, which consists of advocacy before EOIR, BIA, and ICE, related administrative and federal matters; and general advocacy in collaboration with partner organizations
Maintain own caseload of custody and related proceedings;
Supervise team of two attorneys and two project coordinators and administrative assistant in case work and other advocacy strategies;
Manage a team of approximately 3 staff, providing mentoring and coaching to support the work;
Train, establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign duties, and conduct performance reviews.
Provide coaching, mentoring and support of the team’s professional development; and
Cultivate SIFI relationships with partner organizations in Louisiana and Gulf Region.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights;
Commitment to the ideals of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion;
Commitment to fostering an anti-racist work culture and to anti-racist principles and learning; and
Although speaking a foreign language is not required, candidates that have intermediate proficiency in a foreign language such as Spanish, Creole, French, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu and/or other languages are highly encouraged to apply.
Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
This position is represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild.
Due to COVID-19, our offices are currently closed and staff is working remotely. If this position is filled while our offices remain closed, the new employee will work remotely until the offices reopen. We are not asking newly hired employees to relocate while the offices are closed.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.
Education and Related Work Experience:
Membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
At least 3 years’ experience practicing before immigration courts;
At least 3 years of experience supervising staff; and
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