Legal Orientation for Custodians Project (LOPC) Attorney

Job Code #7019
Catholic Charities of Boston | Refugee and Immigration Services

The Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services Program in South Boston, has an opening for a full-time Legal Orientation Program for Custodians (LOPC) Staff Attorney to join its team of dedicated professionals. 

The LOPC Staff Attorney is responsible for managing all aspects of the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians of Unaccompanied Minors (LOPC) as defined by Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).  Conduct outreach and education to custodians.  Liaise with local and national providers in the LOPC.  Recruit pro bono attorneys.  Mentor and supervise legal assistants and/or law students/interns as requested.  Complete required progress reports and track data.  Work collaboratively with other staff members.

The essential functions include; Ensure that the activities of this position and relevant programs are consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the Catholic Charitable Bureau Archdiocese of Boston and Refugee and Immigration Services. 
Maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality at all times.
Facilitate EOIR’s efforts to review and assess program performance by collecting data and preparing documentation relating to LOPC Project activities.
Coordinate with EOIR in the scheduling of legal orientation presentations, the use of any HHS-contracted facilities, and the exchange of information on custodians and unaccompanied children (UAC).
Provide group and/or individual orientations to custodians at the designated sites as specified in the Program Operation Plan (POP), prior to reunification with the UAC, regardless of the representation status of the UAC.
Provide at least one self-help workshop per month if there are a sufficient number of custodians in need of assistance of certain “post-release” LOPC services.
Develop, with EOIR, a Pro Bono Referral and Outreach Plan to promote and facilitate pro bono representation for UACs who are released to custodians.
Supervise legal assistants and/or law students/interns as assigned by the Supervising Attorney. 
Meet with supervisees on a weekly basis and be available to address questions that arise. Consult with the Supervising Attorney as needed.
Participate in monthly calls with other site coordinators to share local practices for and best practices in conducting LOPCs.  Attend required training and national convening.
Facilitate, prepare for and host EOIR site visits.
Attendance at internal and external meetings and trainings as required.
Local travel as needed.
Other responsibilities as assigned.
Qualifications include; Authorized to practice law.  Admitted in any state.  Department of Justice (DOJ) Representative will be considered.
A minimum of one year of experience in immigration law and/or family law preferred.
Spanish/English bilingual ability required; native Spanish speaker preferred.
The interest and ability to work as a team, provide mentoring and supervision to legal assistants and/or law students/interns.
Strong public speaking skills and capacity to present information to large groups.
Familiarity with Northeast MA and immigrant communities.
Excellent network-building, client advocacy, and outreach skills.
Commitment to public interest law.
Previous experience working with children or other vulnerable populations.
Ability to work collaboratively.
Strong administrative skills, including computer expertise.
Very strong organizational and analytical skills.

We offer a congenial and team approach work environment with opportunity to learn and grow professionally.  Our benefits are competitive offering 13 holidays per year, personal time and up to three weeks of vacation after a year of service among many other generous benefits.   We also offer onsite parking, and are accessible by public transportation

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume
Please reference job #7019 in the subject line. 
No phone calls please. 
We are equal opportunity employer. 

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 3:15pm