Position Title: Immigration Attorney – San Diego Rapid Response Network Legal Fellow
Organization: Jewish Family Service of San Diego as a core legal partner to the San Diego Rapid Response Network
Position Type: Full-time (37.5 hours per week), Exempt, Temporary (1-year Fellowship)
Pay Rate: Commensurate with experience
Standardized Benefits: Benefits for this position include a 401(k) plan, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, life insurance and generous holiday benefits.
The San Diego Rapid Response Network
The San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) is a coalition of human rights and service organizations, attorneys, and community leaders dedicated to aiding noncitizen and newcomers and their families in the San Diego border region. San Diego is the largest land border crossing in the world and has been a highly active location for deportations, rights violations, and abuse by Customs Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The SDRRN was activated to respond to increased immigration enforcement activities within San Diego County and humanitarian issues arising at the border, including widespread family separation and unjust deportation of asylum seekers presenting at the Port-of-Entry.
The SDRRN Legal Fellow must be passionate about providing culturally-competent, trauma-informed, expert legal defense of human rights to noncitizens and newcomers in San Diego County and Tijuana, Mexico. The SDRRN Legal Fellow will have an office at Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFSSD) and will be supervised by the JFSSD Immigration Services Director. The SDRRN Legal Fellow will also provide critical emergent intervention in support of the SDRRN.
1. Provide direct removal defense and removal enforcement representation for the SDRRN, including representation for migrants, noncitizens, and newcomers before Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Border Patrol (BP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the San Diego Immigration Court, the Otay Mesa Immigration Court, and before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), as well as potential appellate work in front of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and Federal Circuit Courts;
2. Oversee and provide legal orientation, counseling, and education regarding a range of immigration issues and other legal problems faced by members of the low-income immigrant communities in San Diego County and migrant communities in Tijuana, Mexico;
3. Manage a full active removal defense caseload, including representation of individuals and families subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program;
4. Provide emergency response for SDRRN activations;
5. Stay up to date on rapidly changing immigration laws and policies and be willing and prepared to shift priorities accordingly; and
6. Comply with data and program reporting requirements.
Skills/Abilities that are a Must-Have:
• Juris Doctorate degree with membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
• Bilingual English/Spanish;
• A minimum of 3 years of experience with immigration law, including removal defense work before the immigration court;
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including good communication skills, listening skills and attitude;
• Strong case management, legal research, and legal writing skills required;
• Demonstrated ability and willingness to zealously pursue new and untested legal theories;
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure required;
• Ability to work both independently and in a group setting;
• Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends;
• Valid driver’s license, access to an automobile, insurance, and willingness to drive to off-site locations; and
• Passion for social justice for immigrants required.
Skills/Abilities we’d like you to Have:
• Experience working with detained immigrants or other incarcerated populations;
• Experience working with migrants in other countries, especially in Mexico;
• Experience working with marginalized populations and survivors of trauma;
• Experience with removal defense or the intersection of immigration and family law or criminal defense;
• Dedication to serving migrant and immigrant communities with a sincere commitment to working on behalf of low-income immigrants.
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To apply, please submit your cover letter including salary requirements, and resume on the following link; https://recruiting.myapps.paychex.com/appone/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=2605026.Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please, no phone calls. Please, principals only. Please, local candidates only (relocation is not provided).
About Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Jewish Family Service of San Diego is a client-centered, impact-driven organization working to build a stronger, more resilient community. For over 100 years, Jewish Family Service has been a trusted resource for the entire community, offering an array of services that are always life-changing, and often life-saving. At Jewish Family Service, we believe our employees are the backbone of our Agency. We strive to ensure that each employee is treated with dignity and respect. Our goal is your success. Come work at JFS and be our partner in Moving Forward Together. To learn more about JFS, please visit jfssd.org.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree + Advanced Degree Required and 3-5 years of experience.