SVU Supervising Attorney

CARECEN seeks a Spanish-speaking Supervising Attorney to work at the Los Angeles office location. The Supervising 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.



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 twenty-one attorneys, seven accredited representatives, as well as several paralegals 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.




The Supervising Attorney will be responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations, personnel, and legal service provision at the Los Angeles location. The Supervising Attorney will work directly under the Managing Attorney and will assist the Managing Attorney in overseeing the Survivors of Violence Unit and other tasks as needed. The Supervising Attorney will also be responsible for outreach and community education activities as well as supporting CARECEN’s policy advocacy efforts.




  • Supervise legal staff at the Los Angeles office. Monitor timesheets, caseloads, plan and conduct legal case review, as well as trainings and other professional development activities for staff;
  • Provide and review individual consultations at the Los Angeles Office and other off-site locations, as needed.
  • Prepare VAWA, U Visa, T visa and Adjustment of Status cases including representing applicants before USCIS and EOIR Immigration Court if needed;
  • Assign and review casework to legal support staff including legal assistants and administrative assistants.
  • Interview and supervise legal volunteers; 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.
  • Respond to media requests on relevant immigration issues;
  • Participate in policy advocacy on immigration issues relevant to CARECEN’s mission;
  • Develop relationships with local community based organizations, law schools, foundations, governmental agencies, law enforcement agencies and other organizations as needed;
  • Facilitate team meetings when Managing Attorney is unavailable.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Managing Attorney or Legal Director.




  • Law degree and active admission to the bar of any state (California preferred);
  • Excellent legal skills and broad knowledge of immigration law. 3-4 years of substantive immigration law experience strongly preferred;
  • Experience in VAWA/U visa/T visa, and family-based immigration required
  • Experience supervising support staff;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of CARECEN;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Commitment to working in a diverse working environment;
  • Ability to develop and implement innovative models of service delivery and leverage other community resources;
  • Ability to effectively work and communicate with diverse groups of individuals, including representatives of government, foundations, English/Spanish media, and other grassroots organizations;
  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently;
  • Must be willing to conduct community education/workshops and travel to various off-site locations around Los Angeles County and Santa Ana when needed. The position will involve some evening and weekend work.




Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, and life insurance; paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; 401k or 403(b) retirement plan.




Deadline to apply: Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.




Please email cover letter, resume, at least two references, and brief writing sample (10 page maximum) to: Gloria Espitia Martinez, 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.



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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