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Staff Attorney (Silver Spring)

Department: U.S. Legal Services
Location: Silver Spring, MD

POSITION SUMMARY: 

HIAS seeks a Staff Attorney to assist HIAS in responding to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. The Staff Attorney will provide legal advice and direct legal representation to applicants for immigration benefits before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration Court (EOIR) and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). The Staff Attorney’s caseload is expected to consist of predominantly Afghan clients and their families seeking humanitarian parole, SIVs, asylum or other immigration relief in the New York City and Washington, DC metro areas, and potentially beyond. The Staff Attorney will also assist in recruiting, training, and mentoring attorneys in HIAS’ pro bono network.  

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

  • Develops cases and represents clients before the US Citizenship & Immigration Services, Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals.  

  • Conducts intake of new cases and identifies appropriate cases for HIAS’ staff and pro bono attorneys.  

  • Collaborates with and mentors pro bono attorneys in HIAS’ pro bono network and attorneys/representatives working for HIAS’ sub-contracting agencies.  

  • Responds to inquiries about immigration law and procedures from individuals, organizations and cooperating agencies.  

  • Attends conferences and lectures, and otherwise stays informed of current developments in immigration law and procedures.  

  • Maintains records in compliance with reporting requirements of any and all grants or agreements.  

  • Delivers speaking engagements to community stakeholders on various topics in immigration.  

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Juris doctor and active state bar admission.  

  • A minimum of two years of experience with immigration law and practice (internship and law school clinic experience count).  

  • Demonstrated understanding of U.S. immigration law and procedure.  

  • Ability and zealousness to identify and pursue various legal strategies and forms of relief in support of HIAS clients.  

  • Ability to read, write and speak Dari or Pashto highly desired, though not required; additional language fluency highly desired. 

  • Demonstrated ability to design, implement and manage projects. 

  • Excellent analytical writing skills, verbal skills and public speaking experience.  

  • Organized, thorough and efficient work ethic, while also being able to work with clients of a range of backgrounds with sensitivity to culture, trauma history, age and other vulnerabilities.  

  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines; self-directed and ability to work autonomously. 

SAMPLE HIRING PROCESS: 

We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process: 

Step 1: Submit your application! 

Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter. 

Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager. 

Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees. 

Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey. 

Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening. 

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS! 

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step. 

ABOUT US: 

Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.  

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission, and values. 

VISION: 

HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity. 

MISSION: 

Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives. 

VISION: 

HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity. 

MISSION: 

Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives. 

VALUES: 

Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim 

We Welcome the Stranger 

Justice • Justicia • Justice • Tzedek

We Pursue Justice 

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed 

We Approach our Clients with Empathy 

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership 

Courage • Coraje • Courage • Ometz

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World 

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • Ruach

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience 

DIVERSITY: 

HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation, or other legally protected status. 

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