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Senior Attorney- San Diego

Req ID: 5917
Location: California
# of Openings: 1
Shift:
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: Grade 107
Job Notes: Title: Senior Attorney – San Diego
NIJC is hiring a full-time Senior Attorney to launch and oversee a new satellite office for NIJC in San Diego, California. The San Diego office will work, in collaboration with the Federal Defenders of San Diego, on a new initiative providing access to immigration-related legal services for individuals facing prosecution for illegal entry (under 8 U.S.C. § 1325) and illegal re-entry (under 8 U.S.C. § 1326). Illegal entry and re-entry have become the most prosecuted federal crimes, and under so-called “zero tolerance” policies, the Department of Homeland Security is referring large numbers of apprehended border crossers in the San Diego sector for prosecution under §§ 1325 and 1326, including asylum seekers. NIJC’s San Diego office will integrate federal advocacy and communications work into the provision of legal services, toward a long term goal of decriminalizing migration under U.S. laws.

Description

 

Senior Attorney

National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)

San Diego, CA (satellite office)

 

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) provides direct legal services to, and advocates for, immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. Since its founding more than three decades ago, NIJC has been unique in blending individual client advocacy with broad-based systemic change. This position will be based in San Diego, California.

Summary: 

NIJC is hiring a full-time Senior Attorney to launch and oversee a new satellite office for NIJC in San Diego, California. The San Diego office will work, in collaboration with the Federal Defenders of San Diego, on a new initiative providing access to immigration-related legal services for individuals facing prosecution for illegal entry (under 8 U.S.C. § 1325) and illegal re-entry (under 8 U.S.C. § 1326). Illegal entry and re-entry have become the most prosecuted federal crimes, and under so-called “zero tolerance” policies, the Department of Homeland Security is referring large numbers of apprehended border crossers in the San Diego sector for prosecution under §§ 1325 and 1326, including asylum seekers. NIJC’s San Diego office will integrate federal advocacy and communications work into the provision of legal services, toward a long term goal of decriminalizing migration under U.S. laws.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:  

  • Launch and oversee a satellite office for NIJC in San Diego.
  • Provide legal screenings, consultations, and legal representation to individuals facing criminal prosecution for illegal entry/re-entry. Interview—and recruit and train pro bono lawyers to help interview—defendants in §§ 1325 and 1326 proceedings, screening them for asylum claims or other forms of immigration relief.
  • Closely collaborate with the Federal Defenders of San Diego and CJA panel attorneys to devise strategies to prevent the continued criminal prosecution of asylum seekers.
  • Both provide continued immigration court representation and identify pro bono counsel to provide continued immigration court representation for §§ 1325 and 1326 defendants.
  • Provide technical assistance to pro bono attorneys.
  • Collect and analyze data and trends regarding the number of asylum seekers being referred for criminal prosecution under §§ 1325 and 1326.
  • Engage with NIJC’s policy and communications teams to conduct and support the development of materials and promotion of policy advocacy regarding Operation Streamline and illegal entry and reentry prosecutions generally.
  • Supervise one or more paralegals.
  • Identify and develop strategies to address additional issues at the intersection of criminal law and immigration law.
  • Perform administrative tasks as necessary to launch and manage a satellite office.

Experience and Qualifications

  • J.D. and a minimum of three to five years of asylum and detention experience. Individuals with more experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with criminal justice issues preferred.
  • Experience with project development and execution preferred.
  • Fluency or high proficiency in Spanish
  • Residence in or near or ability to relocate to San Diego.

Compensation

NIJC offers comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of NIJC’s compensation scale.

 

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987



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