The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) is seeking a full-time, bilingual legal assistant to support the Naturalization and Family-based team providing legal services at CARECEN’s Los Angeles 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 all immigrant communities through legal and educational services, and by advocating and organizing to transform immigration and education policies. CARECEN is committed to coordinating a community response to serve the needs of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America.
The CARECEN Legal Department offers a dynamic work environment for passionate, social justice- oriented 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 Pico-Union community of Los Angeles.
- Assist attorneys/accredited representatives in completing applications for submission to USCIS.
- Perform general clerical duties for the legal department when needed.
- Conduct intake screening for clients seeking legal consultation, preparing immigration forms, and translating documents in Spanish and English and vice versa, and advocating for clients with government agencies.
- Provide backup support at reception area during busy times when needed.
- Assist clients in gathering supporting documents.
- Perform general clerical duties for the legal department on an as needed basis.
- Assist in data collection, reporting, and other administrative matters such as mailing.
- Ability to assist in naturalization application workshops on Saturday on average every one to two months.
- Other duties and legal work as assigned by supervisor.
- Experience in immigration law (preferred)
- Verbal and written fluency in Spanish and English languages required.
- Excellent communication, interviewing, and writing skills.
- Attention to detail and time management skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work effectively in a team.
- Ability to work well under pressure.
- Effectively work with diverse groups of clients and volunteers.
- Sensitivity and desire to work with immigrant families.
- Demonstrated commitment to immigrants’ rights and the mission of CARECEN.
HOURS & PLACE OF WORK
This full-time non-exempt position is 35 hour work week; 7-hour workdays. Office hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. Position may require work on some Saturdays, on average about twice a quarter. Office located in CARECEN’s Los Angeles. Work is performed in a variety of work settings, including CARECEN’s offices, workspace provided by others, colleges, libraries and other government facilities, among others.
SALARY & BENEFITS
This is full-time hourly position paid at an hourly rate of $15.00 – 19.00, depending on experience. A generous benefits package that has medical, dental, vision, life insurance. Supplemental insurance and retirement savings plan are also available.
Candidates encouraged to apply immediately.
Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to Managing Attorney Miriam Núñez
(MNunez at carecen-la.org). Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Applicants must apply directly.
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.