This position is for our Baltimore office.



The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition seeks a legal assistant for our Detained Children’s Program to focus on providing legal services to immigrant minors held in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement throughout Virginia and Maryland.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Conducts visits to detained unaccompanied immigrant minors in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement throughout Virginia and Maryland.
  • Performs Know Your Rights presentations and conducts individual intakes with unaccompanied immigrant children in English and Spanish at the shelter detention facilities.
  • Participates in intake review, additional case research and preparing cases for pro bono placement.
  • Provides necessary follow-up after intakes to evaluate children’s eligibility for relief. Follow-up may include performing legal research, securing juvenile delinquency records and obtaining additional information from family members.
  • Conducts administrative tasks, including database maintenance and reporting to funders.
  • Visits detention centers and performs detailed data entry after these visits.
  • Actively engages in CAIR Coalition’s training and advocacy efforts as needed.
  • Serves as an active and contributing member of the CAIR Coalition staff.



  • Bachelor’s degree and experience working with youth, with a preference for prior experience with immigrants and/or detained juveniles.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, be proactive and work independently.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work. Detail and deadline oriented.
  • High degree of professionalism, self-motivation, and flexibility.
  • Must be able to pass a government background check.
  • Written and oral Spanish fluency required.
  • Driver’s license required.


Application process:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, early submissions are encouraged as the position is open immediately. No phone calls please.




Generous benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, four weeks of vacation, plus all federal holidays.


Written and oral Spanish fluency required.


Entry level


4-year degree

Legal Assistant, Detained Children's Program
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