Advocate will screen for, initiate, file, and manage legal cases for U-visa and VAWA self-petitions for immigrants who are victims of crime. If an attorney, the Advocate will also support additional legal needs for the crime victims, such as providing legal representation in state court for family law (divorce, child custody, or child support) or protection order petitions. Full details and employment application are available at www.CCharitiesCC.org.
Education / Experience
- Juris doctor degree and admission to the bar of any state (Colorado strongly preferred). Graduating law school students will be considered if they are registered to take the Colorado bar exam at the time of application.
- At least two years of experience as a practicing attorney in the fields of immigration law or family law preferred. Graduating law school students will be considered if they have experience in an immigration law or family law clinical educational course, or prior practical experience in a law office (e.g., paralegal work).
- Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent work experience.
- Previous experience working with immigrants in a nonprofit or law office setting.
- Previous DOJ-OLAP accreditation preferred.
Skills and Competencies
- Demonstrated ability to apply culturally appropriate skills in interactions with clients, co-workers, volunteers, partner agencies, and other community members.
- Excellent communication (verbal and written), problem solving, listening, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to form and maintain positive work relationships.
- Demonstrated self-starter and ability to work independently with little supervision, within a team, and with professionals from other fields to assist clients.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office, and ability to manage client cases in LawLogix cloud-based case management and tracking system.
- Advanced proficiency in Spanish and fluency in English (reading, writing and speaking).
- Frequent travel and working outside of normal business hours are required.
- Strong commitment to supporting immigrants and refugees. Demonstrated responsiveness and sensitivity to cultural differences. Skill working constructively with people of diverse backgrounds.
- Advanced understanding of immigration law and procedure, including U-visa and VAWA processes, family based immigration, waivers of grounds of inadmissibility, T-visas, asylum, or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
- Ability to establish, foster, interact persuasively, and maintain effective working relations with a broad variety of groups, within and outside the organization. Ability to bring diverse community groups together, to establish rapport, and to build on contact to enhance programs and populations served by the program.
- Excellent public-speaking communication skills and the ability and willingness to represent Catholic Charities within agency guidelines.
- Ability and willingness to work within the established structure of Catholic Charities.
- Understanding of how the work of Catholic Charities upholds Catholic social teaching.
- Ability to multitask and operate in a high volume, time sensitive, fast-paced environment.
- Occasional evenings and weekends are required to accommodate meetings and special events.
Screen for, initiate, file, and manage legal cases for U-visa and VAWA self-petitions for immigrants who are victims of crime. If an attorney, the Advocate will also support additional legal needs for the crime victims, such as providing legal representation in state court for family law (divorce, child custody, or child support) or protection order petitions.
- Provide individualized case management services appropriate to each client’s needs. Provide direct legal services in U-visa and VAWA self-petition immigration cases by meeting with clients, preparing applications, assisting clients to draft written declarations or affidavits, drafting and reviewing application forms for signature, preparing government fee waiver requests, and submitting cases to the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR). Occasionally assist clients with related humanitarian immigration cases, to include abusebased Removal of Conditions, asylum, or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
- Gather necessary documentation to support successful immigration case work. Assist clients with the preparation, review, and submission of petitions to USCIS. Represent clients in interviews before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Denver Field Office when required. If the employee is a licensed attorney, represent clients before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court) in Denver, Colorado in the smaller number of cases where a U-visa or VAWA self-petition represents a defense to removal (deportation) for a client in a removal case.
- Provide, when appropriate, supporting legal casework in family law cases (divorce, child custody, child support), particularly for domestic violence victims. If an attorney, directly represent clients in State of Colorado family law courts. If a non-attorney, support the FIS Director to directly represent clients in such cases in a paralegal capacity.
- Assist clients in U-visa and VAWA self-petition immigration cases to complete and submit Victim Compensation applications, Victim Impact statements, police report requests, and to file for Protection Orders when appropriate.
- Supervise short-term volunteers who will assist with translation of client documents such as birth certificates or police reports in other languages.
- Supervise longer-term volunteers who have previously received training, and may shadow the employee in consultations and assist the employee to support clients’ needs by assisting the client to gather or prepare evidence such as court records or written declarations.
- Verify that all volunteers with whom working have completed required background checks and volunteer applications, including confidentiality agreements. Ensure that volunteers are reminded of and respect confidentiality rules.
- If an attorney, maintain records of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) training credits required to maintain an active license to practice law in Colorado.
- If a non-attorney, engage in and document trainings sufficient to apply for accreditation from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Access Programs (DOJ-OLAP). Apply for partial DOJOLAP accreditation within 4 months of start of employment.
- Present or assist in presenting Know-Your-Rights workshops for the public and collaborative partners on options under immigration law for crime victims, including the U-visa and VAWA selfpetition processes. Modify and update presentation materials as needed to reflect changes in law, agency policy, or procedures.
- Support communication efforts (Public Service Announcements, social media and website postings) to disseminate information about legal options to immigrants who have been victims of serious crimes, including domestic violence.
- Maintain accurate records, case files, Law Logix immigration database software entries, and reports. Maintain documentation required to comply with the DOJ-OLAP requirements for the FIS office’s recognition.
- A majority of the assigned duties are performed in a non-smoking office environment.
- The employee is subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions.
- Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of this position.