The Immigration Project (serving Central and Southern Illinois) is accepting applications for the position of Staff Attorney.

Position: Staff Attorney
Agency: The Immigration Project
Location: Champaign, IL
Date Posted: 03/1/2018, Application Open Until Position Filled
Job Type: Attorney Position
Schedule: Long-term & full-time
Practice Areas: Immigration and Refugee
Job Description:

Agency Information:

The Immigration Project is a small, immigration legal aid organization, located in Normal, Illinois with a satellite office in Champaign, Illinois. The agency is the only non-profit immigration legal services agency located in downstate Illinois, serving clients in 86 counties outside of the Chicago/Cook County area. More information on the organization can be found at http://www.immigrationproject.org.

The Champaign office works closely with women and unaccompanied minors from indigenous communities seeking asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and removal defense.



  • Supervise and train law students from the University of Illinois College of Law’s
    externship program in the filing of U-visas, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)
    self-petitions, and asylum for adult and youth victims of domestic violence and
    related traumas.
  • Maintain a diverse client case load of family-based immigration, VAWA/U Visa,
    complex naturalization, asylum, and removal defense cases.
  • Prepare immigration applications, attend USCIS interviews, make appearances before
    the EOIR, research applicable law, compose memoranda, write client affidavits, and
    draft motions and briefs as needed.
  • Counsel immigrants and their families regarding immigration legal remedies by
    traveling to regional clinic locations.
  • Represent the Immigration Project in meetings, press related events, regional/state
    associations, and other public forums as needed.
  • Present to the public on citizenship, Know Your Rights, recent executive orders, and
    other immigration matters.
  • Supervise and mentor administrative staff, volunteers, and interns.
  • Manage reporting and case management systems.


  • Minimum 2 years of immigration law experience strongly preferred. Previous experience working with indigenous communities, victims of domestic violence, and/or removal defense strongly preferred.
  • Fluent Spanish is required. Please indicate in resume or cover letter level of Spanish fluency and years of Spanish language experience.
  • French fluency (if in addition to Spanish) desired.
  • Any state bar membership is required.
  • Computer and internet skills required.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout Illinois regularly is required.
  • Previous experience supervising volunteers and/or administrative staff is preferred.
  • A two-year commitment to the position is desired.

Salary: Dependent upon experience. Generous benefits package including full medical insurance and Health Savings Account included. Retirement benefits available after one year.


Application Instructions:

Please email a letter of interest, resume, and references to:
Charlotte Alvarez, Esq.
Executive Director
Application Deadline: Rolling basis until position filled



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