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Job Details - Immigration Staff Attorney
Employer:
YWCA Tulsa
Location:
Tulsa, OK
Job Type:
Full-Time
 
Job Information
Position Description:

The Immigration Staff Attorney will provide legal representation and advocacy on a variety of legal immigration matters, including but not limited to: U-Visas, T-Visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitions, and related types of cases. The Staff Attorney will carry their own caseload under the supervision of the Immigration Program Manager. The Staff Attorney will assist with community education, technical assistance, and advocacy on matters impacting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking. A majority of the cases are referrals from Domestic Violence Intervention Services Inc. (DVIS) under a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) grant program.  

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:  

 

  • Provides direct legal representation to clients in obtaining immigration status or benefits before USCIS and EOIR, with a focus on VAWA Self-Petitions, Removal of Conditions for Battered Spouses, Adjustment of Status Applications, VAWA Cancellation of Removal and other removal defense strategies, U visas, and T visas. This includes related ancillary services such as FOIA requests, State and FBI Background Checks, and helping clients obtain records.  

  • Provide information and appropriate referrals to victims about victim rights, victim compensation benefits, and the criminal justice system. 

  • Stays current on applicable laws and policies.  

  • Assures program contract or regulatory compliance. 

  • Responsible for immigration database maintenance, documentation and record keeping of Program client cases and other agency reporting requirements.  

  • Responsible for administrative tasks for personal cases including filing, copying, data entry, preparing mailing, and opening and closing cases.  

  • Assists with internal trainings for staff, outreach, community education, producing legal education materials, and collaborating with community partners to advance and improve services for clients.  

  • Represents YWCA Tulsa at immigration related meetings, forums and events in the community.  

  • Coordinate and communicate with DVIS staff as needed; attend weekly meetings with DVIS legal team. 

  • Collaborates with other YWCA Tulsa programs as appropriate to ensure integrated, client-centered service. 

  • Local travel such as visiting clients at David L Moss or local shelters, assisting clients at appointments, and attending partner meetings.  Limited travel to USCIS in Oklahoma City and EOIR in Dallas.  

  • Assists in determining appropriate case stories for use in reports, advocacy materials, and public education and provide accurate information on current immigration law and policy topics to media and partners. 

  • Participates in YWCA Tulsa events such as All Staff meetings, trainings, retreats, and community service activities.  

  • Complies with all YWCA policies and procedures.  

  • Other duties as assigned. 

Required Skills:

Required Qualifications: 

  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision. 

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. 

  • Good organization skills and ability to meet deadlines. 

  • Excellent decision-making skills. 

  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office—Word, Excel, Outlook).  

  • Experience with immigration case management systems preferred.   

  • Must be an advocate for the mission, values and goals of the YWCA Tulsa.  

  • Work effectively with all employees and members of all races, religions, sexes, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions; and without regard to disability status, genetic information, marital status, or status as a covered veteran.  

  • Work on skills that can help communicate her/his point to an audience belonging to a completely different identity and/or background.  These differences can be identity-based, geographical, ethical, political, or historical - 

  • Strong commitment to learning, growth, and continuous improvement.   

  • Valid Oklahoma Driver’s License and insurance verification and ability to travel locally and non-locally. 

Essential Functions 

The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.     

  • The employee will work in an office environment and in close quarters with other staff. 

  • Employee must be able to perform additional duties as directed by management. 

  • The noise level in the work environment varies from low to moderate. 

  • Ability to communicate verbally. 

  • Hearing, as in listening to normal conversations, including one-on-one conversations, discussions in meetings, and/or telephone conversations, and answering phones for organization includes 2/3 of time in hearing.       

  • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less); Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more); Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors); and Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point, are required.   Vision requires extended hours working at a computer. 

  • Position requires sitting or standing to a significant degree (sitting 2/3 of the time; standing 1/3 of the time).   Use hands to finger, handle or feel over 2/3 of time.  Reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, may be required under 1/3 of the time.    

  • Will occasionally lift, carry, and otherwise move and position objects weighing up to 10 lbs.     

Other Duties 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.   

Required Experience:

Education/Experience: 

  • J. D. Law Degree and admission to a State Bar. Oklahoma license preferred.   

  • Relevant immigration law experience related to domestic violence and human trafficking, or law school clinic experience preferred. Criminal law and/or family law experience would be a plus.  

  • Fluency or proficiency in English and Spanish.  

  • Previous work in non-profit, legal service setting desirable. 

  • Comfortable working under pressure, on a team or independently, passionate about the work, inquisitive and analytical. 

How To Apply

Email the complete application (https://www.ywcatulsa.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/68/Employment-Application-EEO-YWCA.pdf), cover letter, and resume with "Immigration Staff Attorney" in the subject line to: ImmigrationJobs@ywcatulsa.org. Applications that do not contain the required documents will not be reviewed.  

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