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Immigration Advocate

Description: 

Organization Overview:

Lakeshore Legal Aid serves low-income people, seniors, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in a holistic manner to address clients’ legal issues and improve our communities. Lakeshore provides free direct legal representation in southeast Michigan and the thumb and client intake, advice, and brief legal services throughout Michigan via our attorney-staffed hotline. Our practice areas include housing, family, consumer, elder, education, and public benefits law.   Position Overview:   Lakeshore is seeking a dedicated non-attorney immigration advocate to work out of our LaVida office in Southwest Detroit. The Immigration Advocate will be responsible for representing clients in matters before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. In addition to individual client representation, the immigration advocate is expected to be active in the community through participation in outreach and community organizations. All employees will treat clients, co-workers, and others with dignity and respect.
Requirements: 
General Task Areas:   • Help domestic and sexual assault survivors in immigration matters before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. This includes assisting with affidavits, gathering relevant evidence, and providing legal advice in preparation of VAWA self-petitions, U visa petitions, among other forms of relief related to victims of domestic or sexual violence. • Obtain U Visa certifications from law enforcement agencies and maintain a cordial relationships with such agencies. • Conduct legal research with regard to immigration matters as needed. • Provide crisis intervention and assist clients to eliminate practical barriers to safety and self-sufficiency, such as transportation, housing or public benefits. • Identify non-immigration legal matters to serve the clients in a holistic and client centered manner. • Promote and maintain civil and professional relationships with coworkers, clients, members of the judicial system, and members of the public with whom they have contact, treating all with dignity and respect. • Create relationships with and deliver presentations to community groups on immigration related topics. • Perform other work-related duties as assigned.   Qualifications:   • Bilingual in Spanish and English is required. • Willingness to seek Department of Justice Accreditation is required. • Demonstrated interest in the area of public interest work and/or working with low- income individuals. Able to communicate effectively, be empathetic and understand the diverse clients of the poverty community. • Understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and/or experience with immigration aw is strongly preferred. • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize multiple tasks. • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.   Salary   Salary is commensurate with qualifications and includes excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance/AD&D, short-term and long-term disability, retirement plan, paid time off.

LLA values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: 
To apply, submit your cover letter and resume at our website www.lakeshorelegalaid.org   ** Do not delay. Applications accepted until 5 pm, May 31, 2022, or until the position is filled. **   LLA values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

Information

Submission Deadline: 
July 18, 2022
Organization Information: 
Lakeshore Legal Aid MI
United States