Justice AmeriCorp

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Justice AmeriCorps is a new program that will help immigrant children who have crossed the U.S. border without a parent or guardian as they navigate complex immigration court proceedings. These children, some as young as five, fled extreme violence and poverty in their home countries. They are not guaranteed any representation in court, but without legal assistance, the likelihood that they will be sent back to these horrific conditions is high.

The Immigrant Children’s Defense Corps is an initiative of justice AmeriCorps and a partnership led by Equal Justice Works, which includes the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).

Through this partnership, a cadre of 55 full-time legal professionals — lawyers and paralegals — will serve as AmeriCorps members in 13 cities across the United States with the greatest need: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, El Paso, New York, San Antonio, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

To Join The Team

Apply at http://joinjusticeamericops.org and fax your resume to 214-317-4507 or email to careers@ccdallas.org.
For more information on equal justice works, visit http://equaljusticeworks.org

Job Posting:

Catholic Charities of Dallas – Dallas, TX

Title: Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow

Position Summary: The Equal Justice Works justice AmeriCorps Fellow will be one of 46 lawyers and paralegals working throughout the United States to provide representation to unaccompanied immigrant children, as part of the justice AmeriCorps program. The Fellow will be responsible for conducting thorough intakes of clients aged 15 and younger and providing direct legal representation in immigration and related proceedings, including cases involving asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile status, and other forms of relief.

The term of service is one year, starting October 2016.

Responsibilities and Duties:
•Handle client caseload, providing direct representation to unaccompanied children aged 15 and younger

  • Conduct thorough intakes to determine the forms of legal relief available
  • Represent children in immigration removal proceedings, as well as before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and state court proceedings related to a child’s immigration case
  • Mentor pro bono attorneys to represent children in immigration or state court proceedings
  • Screen clients for trauma, abuse, and trafficking
  • Make referrals to additional services as appropriate
  • Assume general administrative responsibilities, including grant compliance, data collection, timekeeping, case management, and other tasks related to AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works program compliance

Qualifications:
•Hold a J.D.

  • Spanish language fluency
  • Experience in immigration or family law (preferred)
  • Experience working with children (preferred)

This position requires completion of NSOPW, state, and FBI Fingerprint, criminal background checks, as well as compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout the fellowship program. This position is contingent on eligibility determined by the results of the criminal history checks.

Catholic Charities of Dallas is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Terms:
•AmeriCorps Living Allowance of $24,200

  • Supplemental benefits for housing, student loans, professional dues, and relocation expenses up to $16,800

Other Benefits and Professional Opportunities:

Standard fellowship benefits:

  • Eligibility to place all qualified student loans into forbearance and receive an interest accrual payment at the end of service
  • $5,775 Segal Education Award upon successful completion of one year of service
  • Participation in a week-long national training program on representing unaccompanied immigrant children in Washington, D.C.
  • Child care assistance (through CNCS-approved vendor if income-eligible)
  • Fully paid health insurance
  • Opportunity to attend the annual Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training

Application Process: Please email careers@ccdallas.org with a cover letter and a resume. In the subject header of the email please state “EJW AmeriCorps Attorney Fellow Position”.

Job Posting:

Catholic Charities of Dallas – Dallas, TX

Position Title: Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Paralegal

Position Summary: The Equal Justice Works justice AmeriCorps Paralegal will be one of 46 lawyers and paralegals working throughout the United States to provide representation to unaccompanied immigrant children, as part of the justice AmeriCorps program. The paralegal will be responsible for assisting in the provision of direct legal representation in immigration and related proceedings for unaccompanied immigrant children aged 15 and under. Paralegals will conduct thorough intakes of child clients and assist in providing legal representation in immigration proceedings, including in cases involving asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and other forms of relief.

The term of service is one year, starting October 2016.

Responsibilities and Duties:
•Conduct thorough intakes to ascertain potentiality of immigration relief

  • Assist in providing representation in immigration proceedings, including asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status applications, by conducting and summarizing interviews, obtaining and reviewing case files, conducting legal research, writing memos, and preparing case files and court exhibits
  • Screen clients for trauma, abuse, and trafficking
  • Make referrals to additional services as appropriate
  • Assume general administrative responsibilities, including grant compliance, data collection timekeeping, case management, and other tasks related to AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works program compliance

Qualifications:
•Bachelor’s or equivalent degree

  • Strong writing, research, and organizational skills
  • Spanish language fluency
  • Experience in immigration, family law, or working with children (preferred)

This position requires completion of NSOPW, state, and FBI Fingerprint, criminal background checks, as well as compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout the fellowship program. This position is contingent on eligibility determined by the results of the criminal history checks.

Catholic Charities of Dallas is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Terms:
•AmeriCorps Living Allowance of $24,200

  • Supplemental benefits for housing, student loans, professional dues, and relocation expenses up to $8,400

Other Benefits and Professional Opportunities:

Standard fellowship benefits:

  • Eligibility to place all qualified student loans into forbearance and receive an interest accrual payment at the end of service
  • $5,775 Segal Education Award upon successful completion of one year of service
  • Participation in a week-long national training program on representing unaccompanied immigrant children in Washington, D.C.
  • Child care assistance (through CNCS-approved vendor if income-eligible)
  • Fully paid health insurance
  • Opportunity to attend the annual Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training

Application Process: Please email careers@ccdallas.org with a cover letter and a resume. In the subject header of the email please state “EJW AmeriCorps Paralegal Fellow Position”.