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Immigration Attorney/Immigration Legal Services Director

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Jun 11, 2019
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio

Position Summary:

Immigration attorney to represent individuals in immigration-related cases. Provides legal counsel and advice on immigration-related cases with a focus on humanitarian immigration benefits, such as U- and T-visas, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and asylum. Represents CCSWO-identified clients in legal proceedings as appropriate to complete their immigration case. Advise CCSWO clients on their rights and responsibilities. 
Please send a resume and cover letter to Nathalie Rocha at  
Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide direct legal representation to clients in immigration-related cases, including but not limited to family-based visas, Consular Processing, naturalization, U- and T-visas, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and asylum.
  • Keep clients informed of the status of their case and reasonably respond to client questions during the normal course of representation.
  • Maintain case files with current information and documentation in accordance with office policies and procedures.
  • Supervise ILS staff and volunteers on case services in the areas of family-based visas, Consular Processing, naturalization, U- and T-visas, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and asylum.
  • Supervise the Safe Release Support Program, which assists potential sponsors of unaccompanied immigrant children (UACs) in completing background check requirements for release of UACs from government custody.
  • Supervise the Bilingual Intake Specialist.
  • Develop and implement departmental policies and procedures that promote effective, efficient service delivery.
  • Collaborate with other agency departments and engage with agency leadership on the Admin Team during regular meetings and on special projects.
  • Serve on the Continuous Quality Improvement committee, which promotes effective service delivery agency-wide.
  • Participate in the program funding process, including grant writing, funder reports, and donor relations/development.
  • Participate in regular community outreach, including presentations to client communities, funders, and the wider community as well as assisting at legal workshops hosted by CCSWO.
  • Participate in community coalitions, including but not limited to:  Archdiocesan and interfaith immigrant rights groups.
  • Commit approximately 20% of time to travel locally for court hearings, community outreach events, client meetings, etc. Travel to Cleveland, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky for immigration hearings required for removal defense cases.
  • Comply with all federal, state, and local professional ethical rules and regulations.
  • Uphold the agency’s mission statement.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Supervisory Responsibilities: Immigration Paralegals, Safe Release Support Supervisor, Bilingual Intake Specialist, and ILS volunteers. 
Qualifications and Skills Requirements:

  • License to practice law in Ohio, a member of the Ohio Bar, and registered to practice in front of the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
  • Juris Doctor, required.
  • Three years of immigration law experience, preferred.
  • Experience in a supervisor role, preferred.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Good analytical skills to make decisions in the best interest of the clients and the agency.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with partners and groups.
  • English/Spanish bilingual, preferred.
  • Culturally competent.
  • Proficient in computer-based case management systems and Microsoft Office Suite. 

Organizational Responsibility:

Employees of Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio will have knowledge or the Catholic faith, a willingness to work for a Catholic, faith-based agency and adhere to the policies of Catholic Charities.  Employees will not publicly oppose the teachings of the Catholic Faith nor publicly advocate for any position in conflict with Catholic teaching, or the specific positions of the Archdioceses of Cincinnati or the demonstration or writing including the use of social media or other digital technologies. 
Work Environment: Typical office environment with exposure to excessive noise or adverse environmental issues. 
Physical Demands:

Must be able to meet the following physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Use hands to manipulate, handle, feel, and control items or equipment;
  • Talk to other employees and clients and hear them;
  • See and be able to read, write, and interpret written documents; and
  • Occasionally lift and move objects weighing up to 15 pounds.
Closing Date *: 
Sunday, August 11, 2019