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 free legal assistance to child and adult immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region.

Position Summary:

A Managing Legal Assistant in the Detained Children’s Program works collaboratively with staff and management to:

  • ensure that clients receive high-quality legal services while detained and if released,
  • support attorneys in providing direct legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children,
  • supervise legal assistants, program assistants, and interns,
  • implement long-term plans for the program,
  • attract and retain a diverse and talented staff.

This position is located in our Washington, D.C. office.

 General Duties and Responsibilities[1]:

              Client Services:

    • Ensures smooth operation of facility and/or direct representation work.
    • Oversees and guides facility visits to ensure effective and efficient provision of know your rights presentations and intake/follow-up.
    • Participates in detention facility visits throughout Virginia and Maryland (at least one per month), for the provision of know your rights presentations and intake/follow-up.
    • Demonstrates advanced understanding of basic relief eligibility and provides insightful input at intake review and other critical junctures.
    • Conducts and can train and supervise other staff on 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. Identifies when social services collaboration is necessary.
    • Trains new staff and interns on client-facing work.
    • Develops systems to enhance service to clients in close collaboration with program management staff.

              Organizational Services:

    • Oversees timely and accurate entry of data and case information and data reporting to funders. Troubleshoots data management system problems.
    • Assists program leadership in planning and implementation of program goals.
    • Assists program staff in completion of their workload during high-work/low-bandwidth periods.
    • Designs and lead projects to improve systems or client services.
    • Participates 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 contribute to the growth and strategy of the organization.

Competencies Required:

Legal Proficiency

The Managing Legal Assistant (LA) will demonstrate firm understanding of relief eligibility to allow for meaningful contribution to client intake and thought leadership in discussion during intake review, follow-up, and casework with limited supervision. The Managing LA demonstrates familiarity with children’s removal proceedings and issue spots where attorney input is necessary. The Managing LA plays an active role in client relationships and can independently advance work on cases with attorney approval. The Managing LA demonstrates a mastery of understanding legal information versus advice and educate others on this distinction. The Managing LA is familiar with preparing client filings and can do so with limited attorney input. The Managing LA supports other legal assistants in their development.

Client and Programmatic Proficiency

The Managing LA will skillfully and clearly present legal information and know your rights presentations to detained children and clients without supervision. The Managing LA has and continually improves upon trauma-informed interviewing and rapport building skills. The Managing LA effectively manages time and resources and develops and implements systems to support others in doing so.


The Managing LA ensures that all administrative aspects of their position are carried out with limited or without supervisory support, including overseeing facility visit preparation and breakdown, file and database upkeep, etc. The Managing LA independently leads projects to improve administrative systems to support shelter and direct representation work. The Managing LA identifies programmatic administrative needs and ideas to meet them.

Qualifications Required:

    • Prior supervision and/or management experience
    • Written and oral Spanish fluency required
    • Driver’s license required
    • Favorable results on background check including driving record, Child Protection Registry, and state and federal criminal records
    • Able to work remotely temporarily

Salary & Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance, four weeks of vacation plus all federal holidays. We are an LRAP eligible employer.

How to Apply:

Please send resume, writing sample (no more than 10 pages), and cover letter addressing Spanish fluency, driver’s license and any relevant experience and qualifications to HR@caircoalition.org to apply. Position open until filled.


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

Managing Legal Assistant, Detained Children's Program
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