(Dallas, TX (currently hybrid remote/in-person)
HRI seeks a passionate human rights advocate to join our team as an Asylum Program Fellow. The Fellow’s primary focus is to support and work with immigrants who have long pending asylum cases with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) by advancing interviews and individual merit hearings. The Fellow will independently manage cases and advocate for clients seeking asylum both in removal proceedings and with USCIS.
The Fellow will display competency and sensitivity in representing low socioeconomic and limited-English-proficient clients and in providing trauma-informed services.
For the past 20 years, HRI has provided legal and critical social services for courageous and resilient immigrant survivors of human rights abuses from all over the world. HRI has a budget of approximately $1.475M, funded primarily through private-sector giving. We use the Consultation and Proximity (CAP) and MOCHA models for individual and programmatic decision-making. We conduct much of our organizational decision-making through staff-led committee recommendations and consensus processes, which often include thinking periods, opportunity for written comment, anonymous polling, and facilitated discussion. HRI is in the midst of an organizational transformation and growth process, which began this spring with an all-staff participatory budgeting process and staff-led development of a transparent, equitable compensation structure, and continues in coming months as a strategic planning process and internally-focused race equity work.
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Asylum Program Fellow Responsibilities
Pro Bono Program Support (40%)
- Assisting with developing and updating training materials and samples for volunteer attorneys accepting cases in the Asylum Program.
- Assisting in the recruitment and training of volunteers.
- Working with the Managing Attorney to supervise all filings by volunteer attorneys.
- Working with the Managing Attorney to develop case strategy and legal research on cases assigned to Pro Bono Attorneys.
- Under the supervision of the Managing Attorney, reviewing all portions of cases prior to submission to USCIS or EOIR.
- Assisting in preparing attorneys and clients for hearings and interviews before the Dallas Immigration Court or USCIS.
Legal Representation (40%)
- Maintain regular client contact.
- Direct representation of asylum seekers before USCIS, and the Dallas Immigration Court.
- Assist in intake and evaluation of new cases with the legal team.
Legal Outreach (20%)
- Assist with HRI’s Advocacy program and other outreach.
- Maintain and enhance legal expertise through participation in and presentation of educational programs and CLEs.
- Maintain alliances with education entities, community groups, and other organizations.
- Speak to various groups about HRI.
- Educate the staff and public about relief available for HRI clients via updates on immigration laws and policy.
- Participate in HRI’s fundraising efforts.
Essential Job Qualifications:
- Juris Doctor Degree. Licensed to practice law in Texas preferred. Qualified candidates who are newly licensed, licensed in another state and willing to transfer score, or pending bar exam results are encouraged to apply.
- Bilingual or multilingual ability is required:
- Strong Preference: Spanish, French, or Arabic.
- Fluency in verbal and written English required.
- Knowledge of and desire to work with vulnerable client populations.
- Desire to work with immigrants who faced persecution in their home countries and are now seeking asylum in the United States. Strong research, writing, and analytical skills.
- Ability to manage time sensitive cases.
- Ability to prioritize workload around cases and project deadlines.
- Ability to address complex legal problems strategically utilizing a variety of approaches, including litigation, policy advocacy, and communications.
- Strong public speaking skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Proficiency using Microsoft Office suite products and commitment to learn and use cloud-based case management software.
- Provide support and contribute to a working environment in which all individuals are respected regardless of their individual differences.
- Ability to understand and handle sensitive information, maintain strict confidentiality, and willingness to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Salary and Benefits
The position is a full-time exempt position. Salary range is $53,000-68,000, commensurate with experience and in accordance with HRI’s salary scale. Benefits include employer-paid health care, 17 days of paid time off, and other benefits.
• Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk, for extended periods of time. Able to read a computer screen. Manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
• Able to speak clearly on the phone and in person.
• Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 10 pounds.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of at least three professional references to Cory Sagduyu at email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Human Rights Initiative of North Texas is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, or veteran status. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
We are a fair chance employer. A background check will be conducted prior to finalizing an offer of employment.
Human Rights Initiative of North Texas offers competitive Spring, Summer, and Fall internships for graduate and undergraduate interns depending on need. Fall 2021 schedule coming soon.
Qualified applicants please submit your resume, writing samples, and a tailored cover letter specifying interest to Layne Faulkner at Lfaulkner@hrionline.org. No phone calls will be accepted. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and this position may close at any time after a candidate has been identified.