DUTIES A. Coordinate and provide immigration legal consultation services at clinics held at sites across Iowa. This will involve travel to at least two clinic sites outside Des Moines each month. Responsibilities include direct client services as well as training and supervising volunteers. B. Provide immigration legal consultations to certain clients in special situations, such as victims of domestic violence, outside of our normal intake clinics. C. Represent low-income clients in a wide range of humanitarian and family reunification immigration matters, including family-based petitions, domestic violence-related relief, removal defense, asylum applications, special immigrant juvenile visas, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), temporary protected status (TPS), naturalization, refugee adjustment of status and other immigration related matters where legal representation is especially important. D. Make referrals to appropriate emergency/safety services, crime victim services and social services agencies E. Responsible for an active caseload and tracking cases via case management system. Will receive guidance from Legal Director, Senior Staff Attorney and national network of JFON attorneys. F. Build positive community environments that welcome strangers in our midst. Raise awareness on immigration issues and spread the JFON mission through educational activities in churches and the community. G. Engage in community education about basic immigration issues and immigrants’ rights. H. Build and sustain positive collaborative relationships with churches, nonprofits and other community organizations and individuals in the area of immigration. I. Promote justice within our United States system of immigration laws, policies and social practices.
QUALIFICATIONS A. Member licensed and in good standing of any state Bar, or non-lawyer with experience in immigration law and willingness to become DOJ fully accredited B. Immigration law experience preferred. C. Ability to effectively communicate in Spanish preferred. D. Willingness and ability to travel required. E. Able to work with people of varying religious, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. F. Ideal candidate will have demonstrated commitment to working in public interest in immigration or related areas.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Quality benefits package includes
health insurance and PTO.
About Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors
Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) is a nonprofit organization, welcoming low-income immigrants of all faiths into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.
Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors has been serving low-income clients in our communities since 1999. Established by the United Methodist Committee on Relief in 1999, Iowa JFON helps people from all over the world. Our services are available to all without regard to race, gender, or religion. Clinics are located in Cedar Rapids, Columbus Junction, Decorah, Des Moines, Ottumwa, Marshalltown and Storm Lake.