Immigration Advocate/Paralegal

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Job location
919 E Main St
Suite 610
Richmond, VA 23219
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Virginia Poverty Law Center
Street address: 
919 E Main St
City: 
Richmond
State: 
Virginia
ZIP: 
23219
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Virginia Immigrant Victims of Domestic and/or Sexual Violence Legal Services Project
Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC)
Richmond, VA

Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) engages in wide-ranging advocacy to seek access to civil justice for lower-income Virginians through education, empowerment, impact litigation, and advocacy with legislative and administrative agencies. We seek an Immigration Advocate/Paralegal to join our newest initiative, the Virginia Immigrant Victims of Domestic and/or Sexual Violence Legal Services Project. The person selected for this position will work with the Immigration Attorney and the Director of VPLC’s Center for Family Advocacy to develop a strategy and conduct outreach to serve eligible clients and support the Immigration Attorney as she/he litigates cases in federal and state court designed to improve the lives and working conditions of immigrant victims of domestic and/or sexual violence across Virginia. This position will be supervised by the Immigration Attorney, but will be expected to exercise a high level of independence in handling individual cases. The Immigration Advocate/Paralegal is funded primarily by a grant from the federal Office for Victims of Crime (VOCA) and Virginia’s Department of Criminal Justice Services, to provide legal services and community legal education to immigrant victims of crime who are victims of domestic and/or sexual violence.

Requirements: 

Qualifications include:
• Experience as an advocate on behalf of immigrants;
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice and immigrants’ rights;
• A high level of Spanish language proficiency, sufficient to handle all aspects of cases on behalf of monolingual Spanish-speaking clients without assistance of an interpreter;
• Experience working for a public interest law firm, legal services organization or other nonprofit or in a pro bono capacity;
• Willingness to engage in frequent and substantial statewide travel in Virginia, including overnight travel; and
• Outstanding communication skills.

To apply: 

If you are interested in applying, please send a resume, short writing sample and three professional references to Susheela Varky at [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled as soon as they are received, so please apply as soon as possible.

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$40,000 - $50,000
Expiration date: 
Monday, January 30, 2017