Legal Assistant, Children’s Program
IRC Background: The mission of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC has a presence in over 40 countries and 27 offices in the United States; the IRC leads the way from harm to home. IRC opened an office in Seattle in 1976 and provides a continuum of services including intensive case management, employment and economic empowerment services, immigration assistance, health and wellness programming, and education support to refugee and immigrant families in Washington State. IRC Washington is committed to providing trauma-informed, equitable, and accessible services and maintaining and evolving a diverse, inclusive, and supportive workplace.
JOB OVERVIEW: IRC Seattle seeks a bilingual Legal Assistant to join a new legal services program that will provide legal representation to unaccompanied children who have been released from custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and reunified with sponsors in the Seattle area. The Legal Assistant will support the Children’s Attorney and Managing Attorney to conduct intakes that identify options for asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, or other forms of humanitarian relief, and assist with preparing and filing immigration applications and petitions. The bilingual Legal Assistant will have stellar interpersonal and trauma-informed listening skills, be highly organized and have excellent attention to detail, and be able to work both in a collaborative team environment and independently on assignments.
- Assist in conducting intakes or follow-up meetings with unaccompanied child clients, gathering supporting documents, and preparing translations;
- Assist in preparing filings for the immigration court, Asylum Office, and USCIS;
- Provide interpretation for clients at USCIS interviews, as needed;
- Open cases, create paper and electronic case files, and input data in relevant case management systems to ensure accurate and timely tracking of cases;
- Coordinate with other IRC program staff to provide wrap-around services, where appropriate, and prepare referral packages for children who move out of local jurisdiction;
- Support development of partnerships that have potential to bring valuable supports to clients;
- Communicate with clients to provide case status updates, request documents and other information, schedule appointments, and manage other communication as needed;
- Prepare affidavits, legal correspondence, and other documents for the Staff Attorney, Managing Attorney, and other legal staff;
- Translate documents from Spanish to English;
- Track deadlines for the Children’s Legal Services team and prepare monthly reports.