The Florence Project was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent non-citizens detained at the rural Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. Through our programs today, we provide services to almost 7,500 men, women, and children that are detained in Arizona on any given day. The Florence Project is nationally known for its legal service delivery systems which ensure that detained people are empowered and have access to justice. The Florence Project provides high quality legal services and supports initiatives for national changes in immigration law and policy.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: STAFF ATTORNEY – ADULT DETENTION
The Florence Project has an opening for a staff attorney, serving detainees in Florence and Eloy, Arizona. The staff attorney provides pro bono legal services to men and women in ICE custody, working in four detention centers in Florence and Eloy, Arizona. The staff attorney will work on a team with other staff attorneys and legal assistants, providing group “Know Your Rights” presentations, individual intakes, group and individual court counseling and prep sessions, and pro se services to immigrants facing removal proceedings before the Immigration Court. On a limited basis, the staff attorney will also fully represent detainees in merits proceedings before the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals, especially detainees with mental health issues. The staff attorney will also supervise law student interns and other volunteers, refer cases to the Florence Project pro bono and social services program, and participate in related advocacy and outreach projects.
The Adult Program is headquartered in Florence, AZ, approximately one hour south of Phoenix and one to one and a half hours north of Tucson, allowing access to clients detained in Florence and Eloy facilities. The position will work from the Florence office, and has the flexibility to work 1-2 days per week from our Phoenix or Tucson offices with the possibility for additional flexibility based on individual circumstances.
- J.D. and admission to any state bar or have registered to sit for the next bar exam.
- Must be fluent or have advanced proficiency in Spanish.
- Recent law student graduates are encouraged to apply.
- Demonstrated commitment to advocating for indigent immigrant clients in a respectful and empowering way and zealous support of the Florence Project’s mission.
- Prior advocacy, practice, or clinical experience in immigration or criminal law and experience working with indigent clients is a plus.
- Must be a hard working team player with a sense of humor who is flexible, patient, respectful, and comfortable (and have necessary organizational skills to thrive) in a busy nonprofit setting.
- Must have excellent written and oral advocacy skills, problem solving, research, and analytical skills, and strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with diverse populations.
- Must be able to both work independently and also part of a team, and be adaptable and reliable in the face of conflict, pressure, crises, or changing priorities.
- Must be comfortable working with people with criminal convictions.
- Candidates must be able to clear basic background checks, and obtain security clearance to enter detention facilities.
- Travel is required for this position; therefore candidates must have access to reliable transportation.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
This is a full-time, salaried-exempt position. Starting annual salary is $63,000. Florence Project strives to create and uphold a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for staff. We offer excellent benefits, including:
- Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short term disability insurance, with full premiums paid by the Florence Project, and partial health insurance premiums paid for dependents.
- After one year of employment, employees are eligible for an employer matching retirement plan.
- One personal day paid each month.
- Twenty five days of vacation per year.
- Five days of sick/medical leave annually.
- Six weeks of paid parental leave (up to twelve weeks total, with option to use personal, vacation, and sick paid time off for unpaid portion)
- Relocation Assistance for out of state new hires
- Bereavement leave.
- All federal holidays observed.
- After three years of employment, employees are eligible for an eight week paid sabbatical.
- Mileage reimbursement for travel between offices and places of work.
This is an immediate opening. To apply, please complete the application below and upload a resume with three professional references, a letter of interest detailing your interest in the position, and writing sample. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Recent law graduates are encouraged to apply. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. The Florence Project values diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities.
This job announcement is for informational purposes only, and is subject to change and modification without notice. This job announcement includes a non-exhaustive list of responsibilities, qualifications and requirements of the position, but does not necessarily include all the job functions of the position.