Rapid Response Attorney
El Paso (United States of America)
IRC’s Mexico Country Program started in January 2019 in Juarez, Chihuahua to serve asylum seekers, migrants, and the local community in need of humanitarian assistance. In January 2021, IRC Mexico launched InfoDigna, a digital platform that is part of the global Signpost project. Signpost is a digitally enabled responsive information service that supports populations in crisis, including asylum seekers, migrants, and individuals who have experienced violence, so that they can make informed decisions about how to stay safe, how to get urgent care for acute problems, and how to access essential services. InfoDigna disseminates information about services and rights to people in northern Mexico, reaching hundreds of individuals each month, often responding to the complex and rapidly changing context at the Mexico-US border. The RAI department, where the Rapid Response Attorney position will be housed, works in collaboration with the Mexico Country Program to serve individuals at the US-Mexico border.
IRC seeks a Rapid Response Attorney to provide legal assistance to vulnerable individuals in Juarez, Mexico; El Paso, Texas; and other locations along the US-Mexico border. The Rapid Response Attorney will work collaboratively with IRC’s Cross-Border Coordinator in El Paso, the InfoDigna team in Mexico, as well as IRC’s Immigration Technical Unit based at HQ in NYC. It is preferred that the position be based in El Paso, Texas; however, other locations along the US-Mexico border, such as San Diego, CA or Tucson, AZ can also be considered.
In response to the constantly changing border policies and landscape, the Rapid Response Attorney will provide legal assistance, including consultations, legal advice, and limited scope legal representation to asylum seekers and migrants at the US-Mexico border.
Legal Consultations and Screenings
•Schedule and provide know your rights sessions for individuals waiting in Juarez who have been referred via InfoDigna as well as asylum-seekers and other vulnerable migrants on the US-side of the border
•Provide individual legal consultations on potential avenues for immigration relief to individuals referred via InfoDigna
•In coordination with the IRC Cross-Border Coordinator and local legal service partners, the Rapid Response Attorney will provide limited scope legal assistance, such as change of venue motions for submission to U.S. immigration court or humanitarian parole requests to Customs and Border Protection (CBP)/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in addition to facilitating referrals on behalf of individuals who meet vulnerability exemptions under Title 42 expulsions
•Assist with referrals to legal/social service providers for asylum-seekers and other vulnerable migrants who have final destinations in the US interior beyond the US border
Program Coordination and Management
•Maintain excellent communication with a range of legal, humanitarian, and grassroots community-based partners in the Mexico-US border region
•Ensure client and program data is collected consistently, managed appropriately, and reported accurately in accordance with program reporting requirements set by IRC
•Maintain up-to-date knowledge and expertise of changing asylum and border policies through personal research and analysis, regular trainings, and peer-to-peer consultations
•Law degree (JD or LLM) from an ABA-accredited US institution and admission to any state bar with current status of good standing before the bar;
•Experience providing direct legal representation to individuals in US immigration proceedings along the Mexico-US border (at least 1 year experience strongly preferred);
•Thorough understanding of recent US policies related to asylum and the Mexico-US border;
•Deep commitment to immigrant rights, criminal justice, and/or social justice;
•Demonstrated commitment to representing low-income, disadvantaged clients;
•Desire to join a team working to protect due process and immigrant rights during a challenging time;
•Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally in a courtroom setting and in writing
•Excellent research, writing, analytical, and organizational skills;
•Trauma-informed communication skills;
•Strong interpersonal skills;
•Manage a reasonably high volume of cases and work under time pressure
•Must have a valid driver’s license in the US, reliable vehicle, active insurance policy and ability to travel frequently in and around the service area to engage with clients and community partners;
•Ability to cross border between US and Mexico frequently unhindered by US immigration policy.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law