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 the adult and children immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region.
A legal assistant in the Legal Orientation Program focuses on (i) the coordination and execution of visits to detention centers for the purpose of conducting know your rights presentation and intakes with detained adults, (ii) working with detained people throughout the course of removal proceedings, including assisting with paperwork and case preparation, and (iii) supporting the program’s provision of services as a whole.
General Duties and Responsibilities :
What Else You Should Know:
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 employee understands legal concepts at a level to allow for meaningful contribution to client intake, follow-up, and casework with moderate supervision. The employee is working towards self-sufficiency in client-facing legal activities.
Client and Programmatic Proficiency
The employee adequately presents 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 employee provides educational presentations to clients efficiently and effectively. The employee adequately prioritizes time and resources.
The employee ensures that all administrative aspects of their position, attendant to the provision of services to clients and jail visits, are carried out without managerial intervention, including jail visit preparation and breakdown, file upkeep, database upkeep, etc.
Written and oral Spanish proficiency required.
Driver’s license and willingness to drive long distances required.
Submit your resume and complete this application in its entirety.