Who We Are:

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is the only non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area focused exclusively on providing legal assistance to the adult and children immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region.

Position Summary:

A legal assistant in the Detained Adult Program’s Legal Orientation Program focuses on (i) the coordination and execution of visits to detention centers[1] for the purpose of conducting know your rights presentation and intakes with detained adults, (ii) working with unrepresented detained people throughout the course of removal proceedings, including one-on-one education on legal topics and assistance navigating court filings and preparation, and (iii) supporting the program’s provision of services as a whole.

This position is full-time and non-exempt. This position will be remote until we re-open our offices, at that time this position will be located at our Washington, D.C. office.

General Duties and Responsibilities[2]:

            Direct Services to Detained Unrepresented People:

  • Participates in preparation and breakdown of detention facility visits.
  • Conducts detention facility visits throughout Virginia and Maryland (approximately 2-4 full days per month, including overnight visits), for the provision of know your rights presentations and intake/follow-up.
  • Assists with the recruitment and training of volunteers for jail visits, the jail hotline, or translation/interpretation volunteer work.
  • Participates in intake review, additional case research, and preparing cases for pro bono placement and pro se assistance.
  • Provides follow-up after intakes to evaluate eligibility for relief from removal, including legal research, securing criminal records, and obtaining additional information from family members.
  • Conducts administrative tasks, including database maintenance and reporting to funders.
  • Actively engages in CAIR Coalition’s training and advocacy efforts, as needed.
  • Interface with social services staff, where needed. Preparation of Post Release Plans and social service plans, in coordination with social services staff.

              Organizational Services:

  • Ensure the inputting and accuracy of data and case information into shared databases in a timely fashion.
  • Assist other program staff in completion of their workload during high-work/low-bandwidth periods.
  • Take part in stakeholder relationship activities, including in-person and telephonic meetings with community groups, governmental bodies and representatives, and other legal service providers.
  • Engage with internal CAIR Coalition committees and working groups to lend a voice to the growth and strategy of the organization.

            Program-Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Members of the Detained Adult Program, in addition to the responsibilities above, also:

  • Interfacing with the community of support for clients and unrepresented people.

  • Help with the transfer of clients to other internal programs (e.g., NQRP, Lab, Safe Cities).

  • Engage with experts and social services staff. 

Competencies Required:

Legal Proficiency

The employee understands legal concepts at a level to allow for meaningful contribution to client intake, follow-up, and casework with moderate supervision. The employee is working towards self-sufficiency in client-facing legal activities.

Client and Programmatic Proficiency

The employee adequately presents legal and proceeding concepts to detained pro se people and clients with moderate supervision, including working with people clients and their families/support community throughout the course of a case. The employee provides educational presentations to clients efficiently and effectively. The employee adequately prioritizes time and resources.


The employee ensures that all administrative aspects of their position, attendant to the provision of services to clients and jail visits, are carried out without managerial intervention, including jail visit preparation and breakdown, file upkeep, database upkeep, etc.

Qualifications Required:

  • Written and oral Spanish fluency required.
  • Driver’s license required.
  • Driving long distances.
  • Ensure inclusion and equity on team.

Salary and Benefits:

Commensurate with experience, plus a generous benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, four weeks of vacation, plus all federal holidays.

Application process:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting October 2020. Please apply via our online recruiting portal: https://recruiting.myapps.paychex.com/appone/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=3223113

EOE Statement: We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

[1] Note that at this time we are providing these services remotely due to the pandemic.

[2] This list is illustrative and not intended to be a complete classification of all job functions

Legal Assistant, LOP, DAP October 2020
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