full-time – los angeles area
The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is a racial justice and migrant rights organization which engages in education, advocacy, and cross-cultural alliance-building in order to strengthen a national movement to end racism, criminalization, and economic disenfranchisement in African American and Black immigrant communities.
We seek an immigration attorney to join our young and vibrant immigration practice. The immigration attorney will represent clients in deportation proceedings, provide affirmative immigration services, and pursue community-based systemic reform litigation and advocacy aimed at reforming harsh and violent federal immigration laws.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The job includes advising and represent non-citizens in applications for immigration status including asylum, withholding, CAT citizenship, adjustment of status, special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and remedies for victims of trafficking, domestic violence, and other crimes; represent non-citizens facing deportation in removal proceedings, both detained and non-detained, in proceedings including bond hearings, mental competency hearings, Motions to Terminate challenging the basis of removability, applications for relief including discretionary relief from criminal convictions, relief based on hardship to family members, and persecution-based relief.
Skills and Qualifications:
We seek application with a demonstrated commitment to public service, racial justice, abolition, immigration defense, as well as to working with clients from vulnerable communities, including women and LGBTQ migrants. Applicants must be highly motivated, creative, flexible and able to work as part of an interdisciplinary team of advocates. The position requires strong oral and written advocacy skills, excellence in legal research and writing, and excellent organizational skills as well as the ability to work and problem-solve under pressure.
Applicants must have graduated from an ABA accredited law school and be admitted to the California State Bar. Prior experience in immigration law required; experience in representing non-citizens in removal proceedings also required. Multilingual not required, but a plus.
A bar license is not required to apply, however, all applicants must have taken the July 2021 bar exam. Continued employment will be contingent on successful bar passage by November 2021.
Salary commensurate with experience. BAJI offers a generous benefits package.
BAJI is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military status, marital status, familial status, caregiver status, predisposing genetic characteristics, veteran or active military service member status, pregnancy, arrest or conviction record, unemployment status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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