Staff Attorney

CARECEN seeks a Spanish-speaking immigration attorney to work at the Los Angeles office location.  The attorney will be part of the Survivors of Violence Unit and provide legal assistance to individuals who qualify for VAWA, U Visa, T Visa and adjustment of status based on those forms of humanitarian immigration relief.



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.


The CARECEN Legal Department is currently staffed by over twenty attorneys, several accredited representatives, as well as numerous legal assistants and support staff. The legal department provides direct legal representation to thousands of clients each year seeking family-based immigration assistance, citizenship, asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, VAWA, T and U visas, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Temporary Protected Status, NACARA, as well as representation in immigration court.


Summary of Duties:           

  • Prepare VAWA, U Visa, T visa and Adjustment of Status cases including representing applicants before USCIS and EOIR Immigration Court.
  • Assist with conducting and reviewing client intakes for immigration relief.
  • Assign and review casework to legal support staff including legal assistants and administrative assistants.
  • Assist with supervising volunteer law student clinics on a rotating basis with other attorneys on the team, requiring periodic Saturday work during fall and spring semesters.
  • Conduct presentations, workshops and other community education activities, including at offsite locations, which may require periodic Saturday work.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.




  • Law degree and active bar admission (California preferred)
  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish required
  • 2 years of substantive experience in immigration law. Experience in VAWA/U visa/T visa, and family-based immigration preferred
  • Excellent legal skills and broad knowledge of immigration law
  • Demonstrated commitment to mission and goals of CARECEN
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Commitment to working in a diverse professional environment
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently
  • Must be willing to conduct community education and workshops around Los Angeles County and Santa Ana if needed. The position will involve some evening and weekend work.



Commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, salaried position. The position includes a generous benefits package including, medical, dental, and vision.




The normal workweek for this full-time exempt position is 35 hours, but a greater emphasis is placed on meeting the responsibilities assigned to the position. Exempt employees do not receive overtime compensation, compensatory time off, or additional compensation beyond the salary assigned to the position.




Please email cover letter, resume, at least two references, and brief writing sample (10 page maximum) to: Camila Alvarez, Candidates are urged to be specific regarding level of Spanish fluency in the cover letter.


Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Applicants must apply directly. CARECEN will not consider applications through legal recruiting/staffing agencies. No inquiries or phone calls from applicants or legal recruiters please.




Deadline to apply: Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.



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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