Who We Are:

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

Position Summary:

A Legal Assistant in the Detained Children’s Program focuses on (i) the coordination and execution of visits to detention centers for the purpose of conducting Know Your Rights presentations and intakes with detained children, (ii) working with detained and released clients throughout the course of removal proceedings, including assisting with paperwork and case preparation, and (iii) supporting the program’s provision of services as a whole.

General Duties and Responsibilities1:

Client Services:

  • Participates in preparation and breakdown of detention facility visits.
  • Conducts detention facility visits in Virginia and Maryland (at least one per week), for the provision of Know Your Rights presentations and intake/follow-up.
  • Participates in intake review, additional case research, and preparing cases for pro bono placement.
  • Follows 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.
  • Supports attorneys representing detained and released clients before USCIS, Baltimore and Arlington Immigration Court and local state courts in Maryland, DC and Virginia. This includes representation in the following types of cases: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Protection under the Convention against Torture, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U-Visas, T-Visas, and Cancellation of Removal.
  • Actively engages in CAIR Coalition’s training and advocacy efforts, as needed.
  • Collaborates with social services staff to prepare social services and post-release plans.

Organizational Services:

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

Position Location: Washington, D.C. 


Due to COVID-19, the position will be remote until November 2021. At which point, CAIR Coalition will ask its employees to return to work from the office. Note that the return date is subject to change. Staff will be expected to enter ORR facilities and state or immigration courts should those facilities reopen and client-needs demand them before November 2021. 


CAIR Coalition’s benefits package includes (a) subsidized health, dental insurance, and vision insurance (CAIR Coalition pays a very high rate of the insurance package, for which we can provide additional information); (b) life insurance valued at $50,000, as well as long and short term disability; (d) the option to set up a Flexible Spending Account (beginning January 1, 2021); and (d) the option to set up a 403(b) account (the equivalent of a 401(k) account for nonprofits) which the organization has the option, for all employees on an annual basis, to match at a certain percentage after one year of continuous employment.

Paid Time-Off:

  • 23 personal days per calendar year
  • Up to 20 days of sick time per calendar year
  • 7 hours of volunteer time
  • Federal holidays.
  • Winter break closure


Competencies Required:

Legal Proficiency

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

Client and Programmatic Proficiency

The Legal Assistant skillfully and articulately presents legal information and concepts to detainees and clients with moderate supervision, including working with clients and their families/support community throughout the course of a case. The Legal Assistant provides educational presentations to clients efficiently and effectively. The Legal Assistant prioritizes time and resources.


The Legal Assistant ensures that all administrative aspects of their position are carried out without managerial intervention, including facility visit preparation and breakdown, and file and database upkeep, etc.

Qualifications Required:

  • Written and oral Spanish fluency
  • Driver’s license
  • Favorable results on background check including driving record, Child Protection Registry, and state and federal criminal records
  • Ability to work remotely temporarily
  • Willingness to enter Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities, state courts and immigration courts to perform job functions when facilities and courts reopen.
  • Preference for at least one year experience working with unaccompanied children, refugees or immigrants.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample of no more than 5 pages. Position open until filled. Position available in Washington, DC office.

To apply: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/474869


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

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