Managing Attorney, Detained Children's 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 free legal assistance to child and adult immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region.

The Detained Children’s Program provides legal orientation and screening to detained migrant children detained in Maryland and Virginia region. We also offer free legal services to children released from Office of Refugee Resettlement custody to the greater Washington/DC Baltimore region.

Our Work Environment:

CAIR Coalition’s Detained Children’s Program (DUCs) is a highly collaborative work environment. We are committed to providing high-quality, trauma-informed legal and social services and a culture of professional growth and support for staff. Although aspects of our work are completed in smaller teams, we work towards integrated and client-focused services across the program by embracing interconnectivity. We strive to create systems that provide structure while actively fostering innovation and adaptability.

Position Summary:

A Managing Attorney in the Detained Children’s Program works collaboratively with staff and leadership to:

  • ensure that clients receive high-quality legal services while detained and after release to our local area,
  • provide direct legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children,
  • supervise and train attorneys and legal assistants,
  • work with program leadership to ensure contractual compliance, and
  • implement long-term plans for the program.

General Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Manage caseload of full legal representation of clients in removal proceedings before the Arlington and/or Baltimore Immigration Courts. This includes representation in the following types of cases: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Protection under the Convention against Torture, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Board of Immigration Appeals, U-Visas, and T-Visas.
  • Represent clients before USCIS and in local state courts.
  • Manage potential client follow-up after intake, including sponsor intakes, assessment of legal relief and case placement with in-house or pro bono attorneys.
  • Support the program’s efforts to remain abreast of new developments in the law and to train staff on the law.
  • Provide supervision and training to attorneys on full representation and pro bono cases, including (i) case strategy, (ii) trial preparation, and (iii) caseload management.
  • Provide expert mentoring to pro bono attorneys from area law firms handling children’s cases.

Organizational Services:

  • Work with program leadership to set long-term program goals and ensure contractual compliance.
  • Support team to ensure smooth operations of weekly visits to several local government detention centers. This includes ensuring that all children receive a legal orientation and intake.
  • Work with other CAIR Coalition programs to ensure cross-program information and strategy sharing.
  • Oversee the inputting and accuracy of data and case information into shared databases.
  • Take part in stakeholder relationship activities with community groups, government agencies, contractors, and representatives, and other legal service providers.
  • Lead internal CAIR Coalition committees and working groups, including as a member of an organizational leadership team, to lend a voice to the growth and strategy of the organization.

Competencies Required:

Legal Proficiency

The Managing Attorney utilizes their expertise in immigration law and legal procedure to provide high quality, innovative, and culturally competent representation. The Managing Attorney stays abreast of developments in the law and ensures that their supervisees are trained in new developments.

Client and Programmatic Proficiency

The Managing Attorney contributes to the effective management of the program's shelter, client, and in-office obligations to ensure that clients receive zealous representation, funding obligations are met, and that the program collaborates effectively within the organization and with peer groups. The employee proficiently manages their and their supervisees’ caseloads and skillfully supervises junior staff, ensuring that they perform job duties and are supported in their professional growth.


The Managing Attorney ensures that all administrative aspects of their and their supervisees’ positions, are carried out without managerial intervention, including timekeeping, file upkeep, database upkeep, etc.

Qualifications Required:

  • JD and at least three (3) years of relevant experience in immigration law. Experience working with unaccompanied minors preferred.
  • Management and supervision experience.
  • Committed to principles of equity and inclusion.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in Maryland or Virginia, eligible to waive into either bar, or willing to sit for the next scheduled bar exam.
  • Written and oral Spanish fluency strongly preferred.
  • Driver’s license required.
  • Favorable results on background check including driving record, Child Protection Registry, and state and federal criminal records, required.

Core Competencies:

Managing Intentionally, with Equity in Mind: Managing effectively and with intention, to create the conditions for every team member - especially BIPOC team members, queer team members, those with disabilities and others at the margins - to have the best chance of success at CAIR Coalition. 

Communicating Effectively, Clearly, and Inclusively to All Team Members: Communicating clearly, directly, inclusively, and in a timely fashion about issues that directly impact your team. Hearing from and engaging with the insights from your team to make better decisions, and closing the loop so people know if and how their input was used. 

Building Strong, Trusting Professional Relationships with Empathy, Care, and Appropriate Support: Using emotional intelligence, cultural competence, and trust-building skills to build high-trust relationships with your team. 

Modeling CAIR Coalition's Expectations for all team members: Accountability, Follow-Through, and Ability to Accept/Learn from Feedback: Owning missteps, following through on commitments, and creating the conditions to receive, adapt to, and close the loop on feedback - especially across lines of difference. 

What Else You Should Know:


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 


This is a full-time exempt position. Starting salary is $79,500 and up 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, 2022); 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

How to Apply:  

Submit your resume, a cover letter that explains your interest in this role, and a writing sample with your Paylocity application.

EEOC Statement:

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.

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