Spanish-speaking attorney

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402 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
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The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking attorney to work with individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses up to 1575 detainees. The attorney will be providing legal representation and assistance to individuals in removal proceedings.

The attorney will provide legal services under the Legal Orientation Program ("LOP"), which is funded by the Executive Office for Immigration Review and managed by the Vera Institute. Through the LOP, NWIRP staff give detained individuals essential information about court procedures and available options for legal relief prior to their immigration hearing. The LOP consists of four primary components: (1) group orientations; (2) individual sessions; (3) self-help training in the form of pro se workshops; and (4) referral of cases to pro bono attorneys. Information about the LOP can be found at the Department of Justice website ( and the Vera Institute website (

The attorney will also provide direct representation to detained persons in removal proceedings, including representation at the Tacoma or Seattle Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit court of appeals. Between the LOP and direct representation work, attorneys will be managing a high-volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law.

Special consideration will be given to attorneys with at least two years of prior relevant legal experience, but all applicants with the qualifications listed below are welcome to apply. Candidate must be able to start the position by early in the fall.

This position is located in the Tacoma office of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

• Provide direct representation to detained clients in Immigration Court, on appeal to the Board of Immigration Court or before the federal courts, and before the Department of Homeland Security, under funding separate from LOP;
• Conduct daily presentations, workshops and consultations in Spanish and English to persons detained at the immigration detention center in Tacoma, Washington;
• Conduct self-help workshops for unrepresented detainees seeking relief from removal;
• Communicate regularly with stakeholders from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Tacoma Immigration Court, and Geo Group (private contractor for the facility);
• Perform administrative tasks related to LOP;
• Maintain a working knowledge of significant policies, laws and trends in immigration law, particularly as it impacts low-income immigrants and refugees;
• Engage in outreach and education in the area of immigrant rights; and
• Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisory staff.

• Law degree (including 2016 law degrees);
• Admission to the bar of any state in the U.S. (or having sat for the July bar exam);
• Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Commitment to working in a diverse working environment;
• Fluent in English and a second language (strong preference for Spanish);
• Ability to pass e-QIP security background clearance (This is a requirement for dealing with some of the data received by the Tacoma office of NWIRP. Further questions about what this clearance entails may be directed to Tim Warden-Hertz at [email protected]. )
• Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently; and
• Proficiency in use of MS Word, MS Access, and MS Excel.

Beginning salary is $48,087 or DOE, plus benefits.

Send cover letter, resume and references to: [email protected] with the subject "Tacoma Staff Attorney Application -- YOUR NAME". Position is open until filled. Full consideration will be given to those who apply by August 21, 2016, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. It is the policy of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination. NWIRP is committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. NWIRP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical handicap.

We encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community and other minority groups.


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Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, August 3, 2016