Legal Assistant- Deportation Defense Unit

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT - The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) seeks a bilingual legal assistant to support attorneys in our Deportation Defense Unit, representing unaccompanied children and adults in removal proceedings. The legal assistant position is a full-time (35 hour a week) position located in our Los Angeles Office.

 Conduct intake of potential and retained clients.
 Assist clients in gathering supporting documents, preparing their declarations, and preparing for hearings/interviews.
 Assist clients in preparing state court forms, motions before the Executive Office of
Immigration Review, asylum applications, Special Immigrant Juvenile applications,
Naturalization applications, Adjustment of Status applications, and other immigration-related forms.
 Assist clients in accessing services, including mental health and medical services.
 Assist Staff Attorneys with data reporting requirements and other administrative matters.
Translate documents from Spanish-to-English (and vice versa).
 Provide simultaneous Spanish-English interpretation at interviews with US Citizenship & Immigration services, including asylum interviews.
 File documents at immigration court, state court, and USCIS.
 Assist other departments as needed.
 Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

 Experience preparing state court forms, including family and probate court (preferred)
 Experience in immigration law (preferred)
 Verbal and written fluency in Spanish and English languages required.
 Excellent communication, interviewing, and writing skills required.
 Self-confidence, ability to interact with government agencies and advocate on behalf of
client's interests required.
 Sensitivity and desire to work with low-income, immigrant families.
 Attention to detail and effective time management skills strongly preferred.
 Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of clients and volunteers.
 Demonstrated commitment to mission and goals of CARECEN.
 Demonstrated willingness to work under minimal supervision.

This is a permanent, full-time position paid at an hourly rate of $15.00 – 19.00, depending on experience.

Application Deadline
Candidates encouraged to apply immediately.

Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to: Camila Alvarez ( Applicants 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.


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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