Staff Attorney (CARECEN San Fernando Valley Office)

The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) is seeking to hire a full-time, bilingual (Spanish/English) immigration attorney in our Van Nuys office who will represent clients before USCIS, the asylum office, EOIR, and other forms of relief as needed. This is a full time position based in CARECEN’s San Fernando Valley Office. 


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. As such, CARECEN is committed to coordinating a community response to serve the needs of unaccompanied minors who are fleeing to the United States from violence in Central America.


CARECEN’s Legal Department offers a dynamic work environment for passionate, social justiceoriented advocates. Our legal program provides direct legal representation to thousands of clients each year seeking family-based immigration assistance, citizenship, asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), VAWA, T and U visas, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Temporary Protected Status, NACARA, and other 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 fraud, and advocating for the legal and non-legal needs of the immigrant community.



The Staff Attorney provides direct legal services to clients in various immigration matters, including U Visas/VAWAs, Naturalization, Family Based Petitions, DACA applications and other relief. The Staff Attorney will work under the supervision of the Managing Attorney and handle all aspects of a client’s case, including representation at interviews/court and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals if necessary. The Staff Attorney will assist in reviewing applications, participating in naturalization fairs, and in community outreach and education events, including on some evenings and weekends. The Staff Attorney will assist in coordinating referrals for medical, mental health or educational services for clients, as necessary. The Staff Attorney is responsible for complying with data and program reporting requirements and supervising legal assistants and their assignments.



  • Juris Doctor degree with active bar membership (California strongly preferred)
  • Fluency or high proficiency in Spanish
  • Experience in immigration law (including law school experience)
  • Strong case management, legal research, and writing skills
  • Ability to manage a time-intensive caseload
  • Conduct intakes of potential and retained clients, including intakes off-site weekly
  • 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
  • Travel required; reliable transportation to represent CARECEN and conduct consultations at offsite locations weekly


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: Sheela Sood ( Candidates are urged to be specific regarding level of Spanish.
Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Applicants must apply directly.
Principals only; no search firms or legal recruiters (no exceptions). No inquiries.



Candidates encouraged to apply immediately, as we anticipate hiring as soon as possible.

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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