The Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services Program in South Boston, has an opening for a full-time Know Your Rights Attorney (KYR) to join its team of dedicated professionals.
The Attorney will conduct “Know Your Rights” (KYR) group presentations to inform people of their rights, current immigration law and policy. Outreach to immigrant communities to offer KYR presentations. Collect data on persons impacted by presentations. Conduct consultations and provide referrals as needed. Serve as point of contact for all outreach activities related to the
Immigration Legal Services department. Night and weekend work is required to accommodate the needs of the immigrant community. Outside of KYR responsibilities, KYR attorney will represent clients before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration Court.
The Staff Attorney reports to the Supervising Immigration Attorney or his/her designee. The essential functions of the position 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.
- Conduct Know-Your-Rights (KYR) group presentations to people throughout the geographic region of the Archdiocese of Boston. Conduct a minimum of 15 KYR presentations per month or more as demand requires.
- Use KYR script and presentation materials adapted from Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). As appropriate amend print resources to reflect audience or program needs.
- Ensure constant supply of necessary print materials including the KYR pocket cards in various languages.
- Identify community language needs for translation of materials and interpreters at presentations. Utilize the services of CCAB Community Interpreter Services.
- Stay abreast of changes to immigration law and policy with particular attention to executive orders and directives related to immigrants and refugees.
- Outreach to various stakeholders, including but not limited to, parishes, places of worship, community organizations, public and private schools, health centers, etc., to offer the KYR presentation.
- Conduct individual consultations and provide referrals as needed.
- Represent clients before USCIS and Immigration Court.
- Adhere to internal immigration representation and case management guidelines.
- Mentor and supervise law student students/interns or pro bono attorneys as requested.
- Collaborate with other legal or non-legal service providers in the community to expand reach of KYR presentations.
- Represent Catholic Charities in community efforts to meet immigration legal needs of individuals and increase services to immigrants.
- Work with CCAB creative team to post relevant KYR material on agency website and social media feeds.
- Track all outreach activities, presentations, number of attendees, in agency-wide database system.
- Prepare quarterly qualitative and quantitative reports for supervisor and director.
- Work collaboratively with other staff members.
- Perform work in an office and court room environment with the ability to sit and stand for lengthy periods of time.
- Attend internal and external meetings and trainings as required.
- Local travel is required for day, evening, and weekend work.
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
- Authorized to practice law. Admitted in any state. Department of Justice (DOJ) Accredited Representative will be considered.
- A minimum of one year prior work experience in immigration law. 2-3 years’ experience preferred.
- Bilingual in English/Spanish or English/Portuguese strongly preferred.
- Strong public speaking and presentation skills. Comfortable speaking in front of large groups.
- Ability to breakdown complex and technical information to ensure people from all language and educational levels are able to comprehend.
- Excellent network-building and outreach skills.
- Strong legal writing and communication skills.
- Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
- Excellent administrative, data collection, typing and computer skills including MS Office and especially PowerPoint, Prezi or other presentation tools, and experience with database systems.
- Cultural sensitivity and ability to relate well and effectively in a diverse workplace with diverse client population.
- Must have valid U.S. driver's license. Work travel is required, insurance coverage and access to a reliable vehicle.
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.
Visit us at www.ccab.org to learn more about our programs and fundraising events.
Please send your resume and a cover letter to:
Please reference job # 8059
We are an equal opportunity employer
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