Below are current job and internship postings for the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP).
Immigration Staff Attorney
The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project at the Urban Justice Center (ASAP) seeks an Immigration Staff Attorney to join our team! The Immigration Staff Attorney will join ASAP to help grow our innovative online Community Legal Center for over 3,000 asylum-seeking families in deportation proceedings. The Immigration Staff Attorney will provide know-your-rights information in the community, develop pro se resources, and provide emergency legal assistance to asylum seekers at a distance. The Immigration Staff Attorney must be fluent in both English and Spanish, highly organized, and flexible.
This position is full-time with excellent benefits. Applicants available to work in Chicago, the DC/Northern Virginia area, and New York City are preferred, but interested candidates based elsewhere who wish to work remotely are also encouraged to apply!
ASAP works to prevent the deportation of asylum-seeking families through community support and emergency legal aid. We provide rapid representation at a distance, reaching families who could not otherwise access legal services in the United States. Since our founding in 2015, ASAP has prevented the imminent deportation of more than 400 asylum seekers across the country, connected more than 3,000 asylum seekers through a supportive online Community Legal Center, and mobilized hundreds of volunteers. ASAP’s clients and founders have been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, TIME Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune.
- Provide know-your-rights information and referrals to asylum seekers in ASAP’s online Community Legal Center; communicate regularly with community members.
- Provide legal assistance to asylum seekers in removal proceedings, including filing motions to change venue, asylum applications, and notices of appeal.
- Draft motions, letters, and other legal documents.
- Develop pro se written and video resources.
- Develop and execute plans to grow and improve the online Community Legal Center.
- Maintain careful and accurate case management records.
- Supervise the legal work of paralegals, interns, and volunteers.
- Perform administrative tasks as necessary.
- Spanish and English fluency required.
- Asylum or immigration law experience strongly preferred.
- Extreme attention to detail.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work independently and in high-pressure situations.
- Excellent writing.
- Ability to think creatively and be flexible.
- Comfort with technology and ability to problem-solve in the face of technical challenges.
- Must have a J.D. and be a member of a bar association or have an application pending.
- Commitment to ASAP’s mission of preventing deportations of asylum seekers across the United States.
Salary and Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. ASAP offers excellent benefits including health and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation and sick leave. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should (1) answer a few short questions at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/bMG9Ci60SW0bTZZz1 and (2) send a cover letter, resume, two references, and a writing sample to email@example.com. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and should be submitted no later than January 25, 2019. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASAP is an equal opportunity employer. ASAP is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, women, and all qualified persons to apply.
Spring & Summer 2019 Legal Internships
The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) at the Urban Justice Center is currently accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2019 legal internships. Legal interns may assist in various aspects of client representation, including emergency legal assistance to asylum seekers at a distance and filings at immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Courts of Appeal. In addition, interns may prepare public education materials and support ASAP’s private online community, which provides thousands of refugee families with legal information and emergency support.
Legal interns must be currently enrolled in law school and pursuing a U.S. law degree. Please note that a high degree of Spanish proficiency is a plus.
Applicants available to work in New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. are preferred, but interested candidates based elsewhere are also encouraged to apply! While internships are unpaid, ASAP is happy to support interns in their efforts to receive school credit and/or outside funding.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to: email@example.com. Please use the subject lines “Summer 2019 Legal Internship Application” or “Spring 2019 Legal Internship Application”.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.