Staff Attorney

The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) is seeking to hire full-time, bilingual (Spanish/English) immigration attorneys in the central Los Angeles office who will represent clients at the asylum office, USCIS, EOIR, and/or other forms of relief as needed.


CARECEN was founded in 1983 by Salvadoran refugees and other human rights activists who worked to secure legal status for the thousands of Central Americans fleeing civil war. Today, CARECEN’s mission is to promote the human and civil rights of Central Americans and other immigrant communities through legal and educational services, and by advocating and organizing to transform immigration and education policies. CARECEN’s Legal Department provides direct legal representation to thousands of clients each year seeking family-based immigration relief, naturalization, asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, VAWA, T and U visas, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Temporary Protected Status, NACARA, and other immigration relief, both affirmatively and in immigration court. In addition to direct representation, CARECEN engages in advocacy at the local and national levels on the issues of immigration reform, combating notario/immigration consultant fraud, and advocating for the legal and non-legal needs of the Pico-Union community of Los Angeles.



We are hiring staff attorney positions to meet various needs, including the following areas: U-Visa/VAWA, naturalization, family-based immigration, DACA and representation of unaccompanied minors. The staff attorney will work under the supervision of a managing attorney and handle all aspects of a client’s case, including appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and Ninth Circuit, if necessary. The staff attorney will assist in reviewing applications, participating in naturalization workshops, and in community outreach and education events, including on some evenings and weekends.



  • Juris Doctor degree with bar membership (California preferred)
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Experience in immigration law strongly preferred
  • Strong case management, legal research, and writing skills
  • Ability to coordinate a caseload of at least 40 clients with time-intensive cases
  • Competence in and dedication to working with others of diverse cultural, geographic, and economic backgrounds, including individuals with a history of severe trauma
  • Commitment to immigrants’ rights and the mission of CARECEN



Commensurate with experience.



Please email cover letter, resume, and three references to: Stephanie Ryan ( Candidates are urged to be specific regarding level of Spanish proficiency and preferred area(s) of focus in the cover letter. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Applicants must apply directly. No inquiries or phone calls from applicants or legal recruiters please.


CARECEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group identification, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, political affiliation, condition of physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation, in accordance with requirements of Federal and State laws.

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  • published this page in Employment 2017-03-03 16:37:28 -0800