Case Coordinator – Immigrants’ Rights Project

Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) seeks a full-time, bilingual (Spanish/English) case coordinator to join its Unaccompanied Children’s team.  They will join our UC team that includes five attorneys, a social worker and four support staff.  This position is currently grant funded through March 31, 2021.  The grant is contingent on renewal each year.




Public Counsel is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the country.  Founded in 1970, it is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law and addressing economic, racial, and other inequities by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community.  Public Counsel operates eight legal projects: Children’s Rights, Community Development, Consumer Rights, Homelessness Prevention, Immigrants’ Rights, Veterans’ Rights, the Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights, and our impact litigation project, Opportunity Under Law.  Public Counsel has a full-time staff of over 130.  We seek to have a racially inclusive staff.


Public Counsel’s IRP is fighting for a world where all (im)migrants live with dignity, power, and opportunity. IRP collaborate with clients and communities to fight fearlessly for legal protections and a just immigration system. IRP provides direct legal representation to non-citizens seeking asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), VAWA, T and U visas, and other relief in immigration court.  In addition to direct representation, IRP engages in advocacy at the local and national levels, represents detained immigrants, recruits and trains hundreds of pro bono attorneys each year, handles appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and conducts impact litigation challenging governmental action.  For 30 years, IRP has been at the forefront of protecting the rights of immigrants in Los Angeles.



Public Counsel seeks a case coordinator for its UC team.  The team is interdisciplinary, values each member’s contribution, and promotes a coordinated effort to provide client-centered legal services.

The case coordinator will spend approximately 75% of their time providing trauma-informed case management services to unaccompanied children, including:

  • Developing and maintaining a knowledge base of social services and local, state, and federal benefits available to clients in Los Angeles and surrounding counties;
  • Establishing working relationships and partnerships with local service providers and administrators in each service area to enhance the referral process;
  • Conducting needs assessments of clients, including the larger context in which the child is living;
  • Referring clients and assisting clients enroll in services and benefits including enrollment in MediCal, mental health services, school, housing, public benefits;
  • Providing follow-up services to ensure that benefits and services are meeting client needs;
  • Assisting clients to troubleshoot barriers to accessing services and benefits, including lack of transportation, access to a telephone, or childcare;
  • Working closely with other legal services providers and social service agencies in the area to identify and support resource-sharing amongst these partner agencies;
  • Assisting in scheduling and ensuring clients obtain medical examinations as needed for their immigration applications;
  • Accompany clients to appointments as needed;
  • Other projects and duties, as assigned.



Additionally, the case coordinator will coordinate the intake process for new clients, including performing initial phone screenings, performing client intakes, and other administrative tasks related to client screening, intake, and on-boarding.


Finally, the case coordinator will provide written and oral translation assistance on an as-needed basis, including translating at Asylum Interviews before US Citizenship and Immigration Services




  • Some college, with a bachelor’s degree preferred;
  • Prior experience assisting immigrants strongly preferred, and non-profit experience a plus;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and phone skills in both English and Spanish required;
  • Experience working with trauma survivors, including children, strongly preferred;
  • Experience and/or openness to working with children facing delinquency or criminal charges;
  • Attention to detail, outstanding organizational skills, ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize effectively;
  • Creativity and eagerness to help clients address problems and challenges;
  • Collaborative approach that welcomes and incorporates feedback to enhance services for clients;
  • Driver’s license and access to a car required, and ability/willingness to accompany clients to appointments throughout Los Angeles and surrounding counties;
  • Ability to work remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and in the office after the pandemic;
  • Commitment to immigrants’ rights and the mission of Public Counsel.



This position is available immediately.  The UC Case Coordinator is a full-time, non-exempt position.  Salary is commensurate with abilities and experience.  Excellent benefits.


Public Counsel follows all emergency state and local orders arising from the current COVID-19 crisis. Though generally this position is office based, currently all staff must work remotely from their homes. Public Counsel will assess when the physical office will reopen in a manner consistent with public health and local and state emergency orders.




Continuous until position is filled.  Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately as we anticipate hiring within weeks of this posting.



Please email in one PDF the following: cover letter, resume, and at least two references.  Write in the email subject line: “UC Case Coordinator Position.”  Send this to: Sara Van Hofwegen, Supervising Senior Staff Attorney, at


Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.  No phone calls please.



Public Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer


All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group identification, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, political affiliation, condition of physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation, in accordance with requirements of Federal and State laws.


All qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

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