The Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) is a nonprofit organization that provides free immigration legal services to individuals in immigration detention and to childrenand their familiesthroughout Colorado.RMIANs Detention Program provides legal and social service support to individuals held at the privately-owned civil immigration detention facility located in Aurora, Colorado.RMIAN has an immediate opening for a full-timeDetained Representation Attorney Fellowtorepresent clients detainedat theAurora Contract Detention Facilityand to join its team of attorneys, social workers, and paralegals devoted to supportingpeople ensnared in the immigration detention system who are heldby Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)in Aurora, Colorado.TheDetained Representation Attorney Fellowwillprovide direct representation toDenver residentsthrough fundingfromtheDenver Immigrant Legal Services Fund. In 2017, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock signed an executive order allocating funding to support noncitizens detained byICEat the Aurora facility who are residents of the City and County of Denver whose incomes are 200% or less of the federal poverty guidelines. The program is part of a national movement called theSAFE Initiative(Safety & Fairness for Everyone), which is an innovative collaboration between governments, advocates, and legal service providers working in unison to create a public defender system for immigrants facing deportation.This position is meant for adedicated advocate someone who hasexpertisein immigration law, particularly removal defense(preferably in a detained setting), and whowishes to engage in broaderpolicy and advocacy efforts to expand universal representation across the State of Colorado.The ideal candidate:Is an attorney who has a solid base of substantive legal knowledge ofimmigration lawwith a focus onremoval defenseand a strong commitment to immigrant justicethis person knows how to run an immigration removal case in adetainedsetting,enjoys creative lawyering,can explain the complicated process in an easily digestible manner toclients and community members,and is passionate about RMIANs work and mission.Understands how toprioritize tasks with little guidance. The ideal candidate is organized, efficient, and has a keen eye for detail. This person enjoys handling multiple cases running in parallel and is able to triage in order to meet time-sensitive deadlines.Has excellent legal research and writing skills.Isteam-oriented and works in collaboration with RMIAN staffmemberswith a focus on advancing universal representation throughout Colorado.Is skilled at building rapport withclients andtheir support networks. Demonstrated cultural competency is essential for serving RMIANs diverse client population.Easily formstrustingrelationshipswith RMIANstaffmembers.Has the ability to comfortably and appropriately maintain and navigate relationships with governmental agencies, nonprofit providers, community partners and other stakeholders.The ideal candidate acts with courtesy, patience andpoise, is confident speaking to groups, and is excited to share RMIANsmissionwith others.Responsibilities:Direct Representation(85%)Maintain arobustcaseloadin support ofdetainedclientsseeking relief from removaland/or release fromimmigrationdetention(including representation before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals,U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and other federal agencies)Create and implement systems to enhance efficiency of legal services specific to RMIANs universal representation program Outreach, Community Education, and Development Efforts(15%)Participate in RMIANs outreach, community education, and developmenteffortsEngage in broader advocacy efforts, working with RMIAN staff and partners to highlight the positive impact of universal representation on our communitiesFoster strong relationships with clients willing to engage in campaigns to promote public awareness of RMIANs work and its impact on people who seek lasting protection from deportation in the United StatesRequired skills and experience:Admission to any state barExperience representing clients in immigration proceedings, ideally before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and indetained settingsProfessional-levelEnglish & Spanishfluencybothoral and writtenDeep dedication to immigration legal services, universal representation, and commitment to working with individuals in detention.
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