Immigration Staff Attorney - Community Justice Project, Reading

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The Community Justice Project seeks an immigration staff attorney to work out of its Reading, Pennsylvania office.

CJP is a statewide legal aid program that is part of Pennsylvania’s Legal Aid Network, but it does not receive Legal Services Corporation funding. It specializes in class action and other litigation and advocacy that impacts Pennsylvania’s low-income residents. CJP conducts broad advocacy in all forms and subject areas, which include civil rights, employment, housing, community development, consumer, immigration, immigrant rights, and public benefits. CJP works with local legal aid programs across the state, but it also does its own community outreach from offices in Reading, Hazleton, Scranton, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh.

CJP has an opening for an immigration staff attorney working out of its Reading office, serving immigrant clients primarily in Berks County. The attorney will be responsible for providing legal services to immigrant victims of crime, domestic violence, and trafficking, and assisting them in their U Visa, VAWA, and T Visa cases, and any related immigration issues. The attorney will supervise the Victim Advocate Paralegal on day-to-day matters and work with Reading office staff to provide these services. They will report to the Managing Immigration Attorney.

The position also involves working closely with immigrant communities and groups in the areas served. The attorney will identify and collaborate with local social and legal services providers in Berks County and participate in outreach events aimed at providing information on potential forms of immigration relief.

The attorney must be bilingual in Spanish and must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communications skills. A demonstrated commitment to the low-income client community is also essential. Immigration legal service experience is preferred but not required. 3Ls will be considered.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to Tamara Shehadeh-Cope, Community Justice Project, 118 Locust Street, Harrisburg, PA. 17101. 800-322-7572 ext. 211. The Community Justice Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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