The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) seeks a full-time staff attorney in the San Francisco office. ICWC is a non-profit legal organization providing affordable immigration services to underrepresented women and children in California. ICWC strives to provide security and stability for children who are abused, abandoned or neglected and for men, women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. The office primarily works with federal immigration laws that allow victims to apply for work authorization and permanent residency. More information about ICWC is available at www.icwclaw.org.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The attorney will work with other attorneys and legal assistants in a small, busy non-profit. The attorney will be responsible for providing direct immigration legal services, outreach and education to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. Duties include: conducting client intake, case assessment, ongoing case management, researching and drafting legal documents and attending court hearings. The attorney will work collaboratively with social service and law enforcement agencies. The attorney will primarily work with providing relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the U visa, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The attorney will also supervise legal assistants, law students and other volunteers.
Other Qualifications :
- Juris Doctorate degree and active bar admission with any state (not limited to California bar)
- Spanish language fluency: oral and written
- 1-3 years immigration law practice (with VAWA and U visa experience preferred)
- Strong writing skills and meticulous attention to detail
- A demonstrated interest in low-income legal services and/or a commitment to civil liberties and immigrants' rights
- Ability to work effectively with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault
- Ability to work effectively and communicate with law enforcement, representatives of government and English/Spanish media