The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is the only non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area focused exclusively on providing free legal assistance to child and adult immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region.
A legal assistant in the National Qualified Representation Program (NQRP) of theQRP Detained Adult Program (DAP) focuses on (i) working closely with attorneys and clients to prepare legal cases (ii) ensuring the completion of programmatic administrative duties; (iii) assisting with case preparation, paperwork, and data input and (iv) supporting the team’s provision of services as a whole.
NQRP is a federally-funded program that provides representation to individuals detained in ICE custody who are found to be incompetent by an Immigration Judge. Therefore, the client-facing duties of this legal assistant position will involve consistent interaction with individuals who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness, intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, and other serious health conditions.
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Commensurate with experience working in legal services. The starting salary with one year of experience in legal services is $43,600.
The legal assistant position may require some travel to the Washington D.C. and/or Baltimore MD office, and/or court during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will be expected to enter ORR facilities and state, or immigration courts should client-needs demand them before November 1, 2021. CAIR Coalition will provide its employees with personal protective equipment (PPE) per our COVID-19 policies.
This is a full-time in-person position. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all CAIR Coalition staff are currently working remotely. It is anticipated that staff will work from their respective offices on November 1, 2021. This date is subject to change.
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.
The Legal Assistant will demonstrate understanding of basic immigration relief to allow for meaningful casework with supervision. The Legal Assistant works towards self-sufficiency in client-facing activities and demonstrates an advancing knowledge of trauma-informed practices. The Legal Assistant will demonstrate increasing understanding of preparing legal filings.
Client and Programmatic Proficiency
The Legal Assistant will skillfully and clearly present some legal and proceeding concepts to detainees and clients with moderate supervision, including working with clients and their families/support community throughout the course of a case. The Legal Assistant will develop trauma-informed interviewing and rapport building skills. The Legal Assistant adequately prioritizes time and resources.
The Legal Assistant ensures that all administrative aspects of their position, attendant to the provision of services to clients, are carried out upon receiving clear guidance from their case supervisor including file upkeep, database upkeep, etc.
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