Immigration and Citizenship Staff Attorney

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California (AJSOCAL) is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

The Staff Attorney works directly on complex immigration cases, including on immigration cases dealing with victims of crimes (VAWA, U, T visas, etc), affirmative applications with USCIS (Naturalization applications, family petitions, Adjustment of Status, etc) and removal defense cases, provides technical support and capacity building to other nonprofit organizations on immigration, and staffs evening and weekend workshops. Primary duties assigned to the staff attorney include, but are not limited to, providing direct application assistance in complex immigration cases, providing legal representation for diverse clients with complex immigration cases before USCIS and Immigration Court, including appeals and habeas petitions, and conducting immigration trainings for other CBOs and partner agencies. Will also engage in community outreach efforts for Orange County based legal programs and clinics with an emphasis on Immigration.

Your day-to-day typically includes:

70% Provide direct application assistance with immigration cases

  • Undertake administrative and logistical duties related to direct application assistance
  • Conduct legal review of immigration cases
  • Provide legal representation for diverse clients with complex immigration cases before USCIS and Immigration Court
  • Maintain an active caseload to meet project deliverables
  • Regular travel to detention centers

20% All other program support

  • Work with team to conduct community centric outreach and education for immigration and homelessness prevention
  • Attend outreach engagements with local community based organizations and adult education centers to present information sessions on immigration and housing law
  • Provide supportive legal outreach and intakes

10% Provide Technical Assistance and Support

  • Organize and implement various immigration trainings
  • Work with intake staff to provide immigration consultations, reviewing and approving appoint-ments; answering immigration related questions and documents
  • Provide technical assistance and/or coordination support of workshops and clinics
  • All other duties as assigned