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Position: Staff Attorney

Location: Normal, IL or Champaign, IL with some remote work authorized

Date Posted: November 2021, Application Open Until Position Filled 

Job Type: Attorney Position 

Schedule: Long-term & full-time

Practice Areas: Immigration and Refugee

Agency Information

The Immigration Project is a small, dynamic, immigration legal aid organization located in Normal, Illinois with a satellite office in Champaign, Illinois. The agency is the largest non-profit immigration legal services agency located in downstate Illinois with immigration attorneys on staff. Serving clients in 86 counties outside of the Chicago/Cook County area, The Immigration Project has an impact on communities across central and southern Illinois. More information on the organization can be found at https://www.immigrationproject.org.

In addition to our general legal services where we assist those with family-immigration issues, those who have experienced trauma in their pasts, those seeking naturalization, and more, The Immigration Project recently opened up to accepting new cases working with various detention centers. This work currently involves helping children in a new detention center in our service area. In the upcoming year, the detention program is expanding to working with adults in detention centers. Although The Immigration Project does not support the detainment of anyone, it is our priority to ensure that our immigrant neighbors from our service areas receive high quality legal representation to assist them in their immigration journey.

Duties May Include: 

  • Maintain a diverse client caseload of family-based immigration, VAWA/U Visa, SIJS, complex naturalization, asylum, and removal defense cases under the supervision and mentorship of the Legal Director and/or Managing Attorney.

    ● Directly represent adults and/or children while they remain in the detention center as well as those released within our geographic zone; this may include regular visits to the Chicago Immigration Court.

    ● 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 virtually or by traveling to regional clinic locations and workshops throughout downstate Illinois.

    ● Connect clients with social services resources and opportunities presented by other Immigration Project programs as appropriate.

    ● Represent The Immigration Project in meetings, press related events, regional/state associations, and other public forums as needed.

    ● Participate in grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts based on expressed community needs under the direction of the Executive Director and/or the Legal Director.

    ● Present to the public on citizenship, Know Your Rights, recent executive orders, and other immigration matters.

    ● Work collaboratively with and mentor administrative staff, volunteers, Community Navigators, and both college and legal interns.

    ● Maintain reporting and case management systems as required by internal policies.

    ● In accordance with the ethical standards required of the legal profession and the Code of Professional Responsibility, preserve client confidentiality, account for client monies and avoid conflicts of interest.

    ● Other job duties may be assigned.

           

Qualifications

Required:

    • License to practice law with membership in good standing to any state bar

    • Passion for working in partnership with clients to achieve justice for underserved communities

    • Demonstrated ability to serve clients in a professional, welcoming, and efficient manner

    • Ability and willingness to travel throughout Illinois regularly

    • An intended minimum two-year commitment to the position

    • Strong organizational ability, attention to detail and accuracy, and demonstrated ability to learn technical and legal information

    • Ability to thrive in a flexible, fast-paced and growth-oriented environment, while maintaining a cooperative, friendly, and helpful attitude with clients and co-workers

    • Sufficient computer and internet skills

Strongly preferred:

    • Membership in good standing in the IL state bar

    • Some immigration law experience, though entry-level candidates will be considered and provided appropriate training and mentorship

    • Previous experience working with immigrant communities, indigenous communities, survivors of domestic violence, low-income individuals, and/or individuals facing removal

    • Fluency in Spanish or French. Please indicate in a resume or cover letter the level of Spanish/French fluency and years of Spanish/French language experience.

    • Previous experience supervising volunteers and/or administrative staff

      

Salary:

Dependent upon experience. Generous benefits package including flex time, some remote work, vacation, personal, and sick days, full medical insurance and contributions to Health Savings Account, optional participation in dental and vision insurance. Retirement benefits available after two years.

 

Application Instructions:

Please email a letter of interest, resume, and references to:

Legal Director: Danielle DeWinter at ddewinter@immigrationproject.org

Application Deadline: Rolling basis until position filled

Position: Paralegal

Location: Champaign, IL

Date Posted: November 2021, Application Open Until Position Filled 

Job Type: Legal Position

Schedule: Long-term, full-time, Grant dependent

Practice Areas: Immigration and Refugee

Agency Information

The Immigration Project is a small, dynamic, immigration legal aid organization located in Normal, Illinois with a satellite office in Champaign, Illinois. The agency is the largest non-profit immigration legal services agency located in downstate Illinois with immigration attorneys on staff. Serving clients in 86 counties outside of the Chicago/Cook County area, The Immigration Project has an impact on communities across central and southern Illinois. More information on the organization can be found at https://www.immigrationproject.org.

In addition to our general legal services where we assist those with family-immigration issues, those who have experienced trauma in their pasts, those seeking naturalization, and more, The Immigration Project recently opened up to accepting new cases working with various detention centers. This work currently involves helping children in a new detention center in our service area. In the upcoming year, the detention program is expanding to working with adults in detention centers. Although The Immigration Project does not support the detainment of anyone, it is our priority to ensure that our immigrant neighbors from our service areas receive high quality legal representation to assist them in their immigration journey.

 

Duties: 

  • Provide Know Your Rights presentations to those in the detention center.
  • Gather information for consultations to pass along to advocates.
  • Support legal representatives by communicating with clients, preparing forms and supplemental documents, filing cases, and responding to post-filing requests from clients and notices from governmental agencies.
  • Support detained and released clients and their families in gathering evidence and/or working with a social worker to find needed services.
  • Provide administrative support to maintain reporting and case management systems as required by internal policies and grant requirements.
  • Possibly coordinate and engage with other community groups and volunteers who are assisting with the Program.
  • In accord with the ethical standards required of the legal profession, the Code of Professional Responsibility, preserve client confidentiality, account for client monies and avoid conflicts of interest.
  • Other job duties may be assigned.

         

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors and/or Associates Degree Preferred

● Fluent in Spanish. Please indicate in your resume or cover letter level of Spanish fluency and years of Spanish language experience.

● Ability to take and pass various background checks to meet grant requirements

● Previous experience working with immigrant communities, indigenous communities, children, victims of domestic violence, low-income individuals, and/or removal defense preferred.

● Computer and internet skills required.

● Ability and willingness to travel throughout Illinois regularly is required.

● A two-year commitment to the position is desired.

● Demonstrated ability to serve clients in a professional, welcoming, and efficient manner.

● Strong organizational ability; attention to detail and accuracy, and demonstrated ability to learn technical and legal information.

● Ability to thrive in a flexible, fast-paced and growth-oriented environment, while maintaining a cooperative, friendly, and helpful attitude with clients and co-workers.

      

Salary:

Dependent on experience; Generous benefits package including flex time, vacation, personal, and sick days, full medical insurance and contributions to Health Savings Account, optional participation in dental and vision insurance. Retirement benefits available after two years.

 

Application Instructions:

Please email a letter of interest, resume, and references to:

Legal Director: Danielle DeWinter at ddewinter@immigrationproject.org

Application Deadline: Rolling basis until position filled

Position: Part-time Bilingual Housing Team Assistant

Job Location: TIP has offices in  Normal and Champaign. Some travel will be necessary. Specific geographical assignment dependent on applicant. Some remote work authorized. 

Salary:  15 hours a week, 

Position Description 

Work under the direction of the Housing Team Specialist to conduct intakes regarding housing needs, collect documents, and appointments to complete applications for low-income immigrant families in downstate Illinois in compliance with federal, state, and agency programmatic guidelines. 

Duties

  • Complete intake questionnaire by telephone, videoconference, and in person
  • Assist with collecting documents of clients in a variety of geographic areas throughout Illinois
  • Schedule clients to assist in completing applications with CBRAP or HAF programs
  • Communicate with clients in Spanish 
  • Attend and help plan outreach events

Position Requirements 

  • Applicants should be bilingual. Spanish preferred. French or other languages would be considered. 
  • Computer skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Must live in Illinois

How to Apply 

Submit a resume to Social Services Director Sarah Mellor at smellor@immigrationproject.org. Please put “Housing Team Assistant” in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.

Position: Part-Time Bilingual Social Services Caseworker

Job Location: Champaign, IL

Salary: $15 / hr

Duration: Part time, grant-funded position through June 2023. Extension of the position
dependent on performance and grant funding.

Benefits: Travel reimbursement for travel outside of the count. Paid time off. No health or
retirement benefits for part time workers.

Position Description:
Work under the direction of the Social Services Director to provide social service resources,
especially in the area of Mental Health, to low-income immigrant families in downstate Illinois in compliance with federal, state, and agency programmatic guidelines.

Duties:
● Provide resource information and referrals by telephone, videoconference, and in person
● Build and maintain a directory of immigrant-friendly resources in geographic areas
● Travel 1-2 times per month
● Assist with scheduling and advertising outreach events and workshops
● Communicate with clients in Spanish and/or French to assess needs & program eligibility
● Attend training and weekly meetings

Position Requirements:
● Applicants must be bilingual. Language ability in English and Spanish
● Computer skills
● Organized and detail-oriented
● Must live in Illinois

How to Apply:
Submit a resume to Social Services Director Sarah Mellor at smellor@immigrationproject.org.
Please put “Bilingual Caseworker” in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.

 

Position: Translation and Interpretation Intern

Job Location: Remote 

Academic Credit: Yes

Pay:  Unpaid unless the intern is not receiving any academic credit. 

          Non-credit interns may apply for stipend of up to $500/sem for 50+ hours work

Position Description 

Work with the legal team to translate documents and interpret for client appointments

Duties

  • Translate documents to 
  • Attend events in your geographical area or/and virtually 
  • Attend training and weekly meetings virtually

Position Requirements 

  • Applicants must be bilingual in either English and Spanish, or French and English
  • Computer skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented

How to Apply 

Apply at www.immigrationproject.org/volunteer-or-intern

Questions?

smellor@immigrationproject.org

Position: New Americans Initiative intern

Job Location: Normal, IL office.  Some remote work possible. 

Academic Credit:  Yes

Pay:  Unpaid unless the intern is not receiving any academic credit. 

          Non-credit interns may apply for stipend of up to $500/sem for 50+ hours work

 

Position Description 

Work with the New Americans legal team to help immigrants obtain citizenship and resolve other immigration legal issues. 

 

Duties

  • Manage correspondence on the DACA and NAI email
  • Utilize spreadsheets with client information to set up workshop appointments
  • Create and maintain client files updated with newly received documents
  • Coordinate workshops with volunteers and clients
  • Revise USCIS forms for filing
  • Meet with clients for form signing and discuss the process
  • Put together finalized forms for mailing 
  • Manage Zoom clinic meetings between legal representatives and clients
  • Help with data for Outreach 

 

Position Requirements 

  • Bilingual preferred but not required
  • Computer skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented

 

How to Apply 

Fill out the intern application at www.immigrationproject.org/volunteer-or-intern 

 

Questions?

smellor@immigrationproject.org 

Position: Social Services intern 

Job Location: Remote 

Academic Credit: Yes

Pay:  Unpaid unless the intern is not receiving any academic credit. 

          Non-credit interns may apply for stipend of up to $500/sem for 50+ hours work

 

Position Description 

Work with the Social Services team to help immigrants with financial assistance, mental health, healthcare, public benefits, education, housing and other needs

 

Duties

  • Process applications using spreadsheets and internet-based programs
  • Communicate with clients in Spanish to assess needs and eligibility
  • Attend events in your geographical area and virtually to promote Immigration Project
  • Attend training and weekly meetings virtually

 

Position Requirements 

  • Applicants must be bilingual in English and Spanish, 
  • Computer skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Must live in Illinois

 

How to Apply 

Apply at www.immigrationproject.org/volunteer-or-intern 

Questions?

smellor@immigrationproject.org

Our Mission

Recognizing that access to accurate, complete information regarding immigration law is geographically and economically restricted for underserved immigrant populations in downstate Illinois, the Immigration Project endeavors to provide access to justice for immigrants and their families through immigration-related legal and educational services to immigrants, refugees, their families and others in downstate Illinois, in a manner and context which recognizes the full dignity of each individual. 

The Immigration Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Immigration Project celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Based in Bloomington-Normal with a satellite office in Champaign