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

  • provide high-quality, culturally competent direct legal services to detained and released unaccompanied immigrant children,
  • coordinate and carry out visits to detention centers for the purpose of conducting legal intakes and Know Your Rights presentations to detained children,
  • mentor pro bono attorneys providing legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children,
  • contribute to the success of the program, building a culture of collaboration and learning.

Position Location: Position available in Baltimore, MD or Washington, D.C. Office


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.

General Duties and Responsibilities1:


  • 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, and assessment of legal relief.
  • Supervises legal assistants and interns on aspects of their work.
  • Mentors pro bono attorneys from area law firms handling immigration cases.

Organizational Services:

  • Provides support with or leads aspects of shelter or direct representation tasks as needed including performing intakes and Know Your Rights presentations.
  • Assists other program staff in completing of their workload during high-work/low-bandwidth periods.
  • Participates in stakeholder relationship activities, including meetings with detention center staff, government agencies, community groups and other legal service providers.
  • Engages with internal CAIR Coalition committees and working groups to participate in the growth and vision of the organization.
  • Undertakes own administrative functions, including for casework (e.g., preparation of all aspects of filings) and social services referrals.

Competencies Required:

Legal Proficiency:

The Staff Attorney demonstrates a developing understanding of legal concepts at a level that allows them to provide client-centered services to clients with moderate supervision. The Staff Attorney clearly and skillfully employs the law in written and oral presentations with limited supervision and input from supervisors. The Staff Attorney is working towards self-sufficiency in client hearings, interviews, and legal research and writing.

Client and Programmatic Proficiency

The Staff Attorney satisfactorily handles all required programmatic obligations (KYRs, intake, follow-up, case summaries, case development, etc.) with limited supervision. The Staff Attorney manages their in-house and pro bono mentoring caseload to allow for proper prioritization and thoughtful use of time and resources. The Staff Attorney demonstrates a growing understanding of cultural competency and trauma-informed practices. The staff attorney demonstrates sound judgment and decision-making skills and identifies when issues must be elevated to a supervisor.


The Staff Attorney ensures that all administrative aspects of their position are carried out with minimal managerial support, including timekeeping, file upkeep, database upkeep, etc.


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 days of personal time-off per calendar year 
  • 20 days of sick time per calendar year. 
  • 1 day of volunteer time per calendar year.
  • Federal holidays 
  • Winter break closure 

Qualifications Required:

  • JD and 0-3 years relevant experience in immigration law (family law experience helpful but not required)
  • 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
  • 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.


Via the link below, submit a cover letter, resume, and legal writing sample of no more than 10 pages. Position open until filled. 


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


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