Managing Attorney, Detained Adult Program

Who We Are:

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is the only non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area focused exclusively on providing legal assistance to adult and child immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region.

Position Summary:

A Managing Attorney in the Detained Adult Program focuses on ensuring that program staff provide excellent and efficient services to clients, implementing long-term plans for the program, providing direct legal services to immigrant adults, and supervising junior staff with a focus on professional development. 

Our Work Environment:

CAIR Coalition’s Detained Adult Program is a highly collaborative work environment, each team lead or manager works directly with a focused team, but all colleagues are interconnected through, for example, case workshopping, appeals squad, or staff run committees such as Equity and Inclusion Committee. 

DAP staff has been a source of expertise in the highly complex and ever-changing immigration system. They have persisted through administration changes, policy shifts, and attacks on the rights and freedoms of immigrants through project focused cohorts that arise to address challenges or to brainstorm and implement affirmative strategies. 

We center impacted people in our advocacy and media. We embrace the movement in our work while also staying focused on the practicalities we trained for, as well as where we are most useful in this movement. We grow our reach and skill set when resources permit and there is passion! 

DAP has slowly over the years begun to embrace work life balance, although not to perfection.

Our team is still going through growth and continues to analyze how to ensure every team member is heard. We learn from those who are new to the field while also ensuring experience is a critical part of decision making. We do not limit our push or dreams for this world based on the limits we know but try to imagine how to navigate around them. 

We value our brain trust and are constantly finding ways to ensure that we maintain and grow, in ways that acknowledge those with expertise but also sets up new advocates for success. 

General Duties and Responsibilities[1]:


  • Provides oversight and management of significant aspects of the program in coordination with the Program Director or Deputy Program Director. 
  • Take on direct legal representation of detained clients in removal proceedings before the Arlington and/or Baltimore Immigration Courts. This includes representation types such as Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Protection under the Convention against Torture, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Board of Immigration Appeals, U-Visas, T-Visas, and Cancellation of Removal. 
  • Direct representation is “as needed” to support supervisees and team or to grow own skills, but the position is focused on supervision of senior and staff attorneys. 
  • Ensure that the program is kept abreast of new developments in the law and that junior staff are adequately trained on the law. CAIR Coalition has a Legal Strategy Team to support the managing attorney.
  • Provide oversight and mentoring to senior and staff attorneys on direct representation cases, including supervision and assistance of (i) case strategy, (ii) trial preparation, and (iii) case load management. 
  • Provide expert mentoring to outside attorneys representing detained immigrants on a pro bono basis as needed.
  • Manage a caseload of in-house direct representation case and pro bono mentorship cases to ensure timely completion and submission of all filings, forms, etc.
  • Research, engage, and prepare experts on health, behavioral health, and country conditions. 
  • Work with case management team and Social Services Coordinator to provide holistic advocacy. This includes supervision of attorneys on preparation of Post Release Plans and social service plans, in coordination with social services staff.
  • Work with the Impact Lab to provide holistic advocacy. 
  • Work with team to develop new and novel arguments in new circuits where Maryland residents are detained. 
  • CAIR Coalition is increasing the number of dedicated paralegals, but from time to time, attorneys must undertake their own administrative functions, including for casework (e.g., preparation of all aspects of filings). Each program has support from case managers or legal assistants to support the team, also known as program advocates. 


  • Educate lawmakers and funders on program impacts;
  • Work with partner organizations to uplift advocacy;
  • Center impacted people in discussions with community organizing activities;
  • Media engagement on occasion or supporting impacted people in media or community engagement. 

Detention Facility Services:

  • Conduct oversight of visits to government detention facilities.
  • Conduct individual intakes with immigrants at the detention facilities. Provide necessary follow-up after intakes to evaluate eligibility for relief, including performing research, securing criminal/juvenile delinquency records and obtaining additional information from family and community members. However, the majority of time will be spent supervising and supporting new attorneys in this area. 
  • Work with stakeholders in areas where new detention centers arise.
  • Coordinate with other LSPs who are serving detention centers to effectively use resources.

Organizational Services:

  • Work with program management to set long-term program plans.
  • Interface with leadership of other CAIR Coalition programs to ensure cross-program information and strategy sharing. 
  • Ensure the inputting and accuracy of data and case information into shared databases in a timely fashion for program staff. 
  • Assist other program staff in completion of their workload during high-work/low-bandwidth periods.
  • Take part in stakeholder relationship activities, including in-person and telephonic meetings with community groups, governmental bodies and representatives, and other legal service providers.
  • Lead internal CAIR Coalition working groups to lend a voice to the growth and strategy of the organization. 

Program-Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Members of the Detained Adult program, in addition to the responsibilities above, also:

  • Coordinate with all internal DAP Programs (e.g., LOP, NQRP, Safe Cities) to ensure all programs are kept abreast of developments and clients.
  • Support team in new Program 
  • Ensure Equity & Inclusion is key component of practice and professional development. 

What Else You Should Know:


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline to Apply: May 21st 


This is a full-time exempt position. The starting salary is $79,500 commensurate with experience.


This position may require travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with all CAIR Coalition safety protocols.

Position Location

Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all CAIR Coalition staff, interns, and volunteers are working remotely. However, due to the duties and responsibilities of certain positions, certain staff members may be required to live within daily commuting distance of their assigned primary office. Staff have the option to work from the office following a hybrid model, as long as they are in compliance with CAIR Coalition's COVID-19 policies.  


CAIR Coalition’s benefits package includes (a) subsidized health, dental insurance, and vision insurance (CAIR Coalition pays a very high rate of the insurance package, for which we can provide additional information); (b) life insurance valued at $50,000, as well as long and short term disability; (d) the option to set up a Flexible Spending Account (beginning January 1, 2021); and (d) the option to set up a 403(b) account (the equivalent of a 401(k) account for nonprofits) which the organization has the option, for all employees on an annual basis, to match at a certain percentage after one year of continuous employment.

Paid Time-Off:

  • 23 personal days per calendar year
  • Up to 20 days of sick time per calendar year
  • 7 hours of volunteer time
  • Federal holidays
  • Winter break closure

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with anti-discrimination law, it is the purpose of this policy to effectuate these principles and mandates. CAIR Coalition prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. CAIR Coalition conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

Anti-Racism Statement:

 [1] This list is illustrative and not intended to be a complete classification of all job functions


 Competencies Required:

Legal Proficiency

The employee demonstrates a mastery of the law and legal procedure and can deploy innovative and thoughtful approaches to assisting clients. The employee stays abreast of developments in the law and ensures that their supervisees are trained in new developments.

Client and Programmatic Proficiency

The employee proficiently helps to manage all of the program’s in-jail, client, and in-office programmatic obligations. The employee proficiently manages their caseloads and the caseloads of the staff they supervise. The employee skillfully supervises their staff and ensures that staff are in a position to grow professionally.


The employee ensures that all administrative aspects of their position (and their staffs’ positions), attendant to the provision of services to clients, are carried out without managerial intervention, including timekeeping, file upkeep, database upkeep, etc.

Qualifications Required:

  • JD and relevant experience in immigration law. 
  • Strong candidates will have a min. of 4 - 10 years of experience in immigration law. 
  • Strong candidates will have a min. of 2 years in detained removal defense specifically.  
  • Strong candidate will have a min. of 1-2 years of supervision experienceDetained
  • Must have trial experience.
  • Must be licensed to practice law.
  • Written and oral Spanish fluency strongly preferred.
  • Driver’s license required.

Additional Job Requirements: 

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 by their first day of employment, except for those receiving medical or religious exemptions. To be fully vaccinated means having completed the full dosages required for the type of vaccine obtained as designated by the CDC. If boosters are subsequently recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) then employees will be required to receive the booster within thirty (30) days of their eligibility to access the boosters. 

Salary Description
Starting: $79,500 commensurate with experience