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 Senior Attorney in the Detained Children’s Program works collaboratively with staff and leadership to:

  • ensure clients receive high-quality, culturally competent legal services while detained and if released,
  • provide direct legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children,
  • mentor pro bono attorneys providing legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children,
  • supervise legal assistants and interns and aspects of staff attorneys’ work,
  • promote a team culture of equity and inclusion.

This position can be based out of our Washington, D.C or Baltimore, MD offices.

General Duties and Responsibilities[1]:


  • Manages caseload of direct legal representation of detained and released clients in removal proceedings before the Arlington and/or Baltimore Immigration Courts. This includes representation in the following types of cases: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Protection under the Convention against Torture, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Board of Immigration Appeals, U-Visas, T-Visas, and Cancellation of Removal.
  • Represents clients before USCIS and in local state courts.
  • Manages potential client follow up after intake, including sponsor intakes, assessment of legal relief and case placement with in-house or pro bono attorneys.
  • Supports the program’s efforts to remain abreast of new developments in the law and to train staff on the law.
  • Supervises legal assistants, interns, and attorneys on aspects of direct representation cases.
  • Provides expert mentoring to pro bono attorneys from area law firms handling immigration cases.

Organizational Services:

  • Assists program leadership on the implementation of long-term program plans.
  • Oversees regular facility visits for the purpose of conducting legal intakes and orientation.
  • Ensures smooth operation of aspects of the program such as long-term foster care program and direct representation pipeline.
  • Ensures the inputting and accuracy of data and case information into shared databases in a timely fashion, including for supervised staff.
  • Provides support with or leads aspects of shelter or direct representation tasks as needed.
  • Assists other program staff in completion of their workload during high-work/low-bandwidth periods.
  • Participates in stakeholder relationship activities, including meetings with community groups, government agencies, and other legal service providers.
  • Conducts trainings and stakeholder meetings with detention center staff.
  • Engages with internal CAIR Coalition committees and working groups to participate in the growth and strategy of the organization.
  • Undertakes own administrative functions, including for casework (e.g., preparation of all aspects of filings).

Competencies Required:

Legal Proficiency

The Senior Attorney demonstrates a solid understanding of legal concepts allowing them to provide competent and client-centered services with limited supervision. The Senior Attorney effectively advocates through written and oral work and assists junior staff in doing the same. The Senior Attorney has experience litigating and preparing for hearings or interviews for clients with limited supervision. The Senior Attorney is able to competently supervise aspects of the work of attorneys, legal assistants and interns on client relationships and legal strategy, research, and writing. The Senior Attorney demonstrates cultural competency and trauma-informed practices.

Client and Programmatic Proficiency

The Senior Attorney competently handles, and supervises, all required program obligations (KYRs, intake, follow-up, case summaries, direct representation services, etc.). The Senior Attorney manages their in-house and pro bono mentoring caseload to allow for proper prioritization and thoughtful use of time and resources. The Senior Attorney supervises junior staff to ensure programmatic efficiency and efficacy. The Senior Attorney exercises sound judgment and decision-making skills and identifies when issues must be elevated to leadership.


The Senior Attorney ensures that all administrative aspects of their position (and of their supervisees’) are carried out without managerial intervention, including timekeeping, file upkeep, database upkeep, etc.

Qualifications Required:

  • JD and 3-5 years relevant experience in immigration law (family law experience a plus)  
  • Must be licensed to practice law in Maryland or Virginia, eligible to waive into the Maryland or Virginia bar, or willing to sit for the next scheduled bar exam
  • 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
  • Previous supervision experience
  • Ability to work remotely temporarily

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.

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter, resume, and legal writing sample of no more than 10 pages to hr@caircoalition.org using subject line “DUCS Senior Attorney” Cover letter must address bar licensure, Spanish fluency and driver’s license. Position open until filled.

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

Senior Attorney, Detained Children's Program
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