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 free legal assistance to child and adult immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region.
A legal assistant in the Detained Adult 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 clients 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.
Interviews for this position will take place virtually between June 30, 2021- July 06, 2021 with a decision being made shortly after. Should the hiring manager for this position extend the period for the interviews, they may contact you via e-mail.
General Duties and Responsibilities1:
1 This list is illustrative and not intended to be a complete classification of all job functions
Program-Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Members of the Detained Adult Program, in addition to the responsibilities above, also:
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.
This position may require travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with all CAIR Coalition safety protocols.
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 relief eligibility to allow for meaningful contribution to client intake, follow-up, and casework with moderate 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 understanding of legal information versus advice. The Legal Assistant will demonstrate increasing understanding of preparing legal filings.
Client and Programmatic Proficiency
The Legal Assistant will skillfully and clearly present 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 adequality prioritizes time and resources.
The Legal Assistant 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.