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Staff Immigration Attorney

Position Summary:

Looking for an immigration attorney to represent unaccompanied minors in the Pittsburgh and West Virginia regions.  This attorney must be bilingual (Spanish & English), and be sensitive to or have experience working with victims of trauma.  In addition to representing detained unaccompanied minors in court, this attorney will work closely with a paralegal who will be working to provide Know Your Rights presentations and preliminary legal screenings to minors in the detention shelters.  A valid driver’s license to allow travel to the shelters in Pittsburgh and West Virginia is necessary.

About Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) Pittsburgh

The professional staff at JFCS is dedicated to helping people successfully cope with life’s changes and challenges. JFCS helps thousands of people every year, through career, geriatric, counseling, refugee and immigrant, guardian, scholarship, food pantry and critical need services.  JFCS strives to create a caring and respectful environment sensitive to the need for human dignity, privacy and diversity of those served by the agency.


Three years legal experience related to immigration law preferred, J.D. required and candidate must be admitted to the Bar.  Must be detail-oriented and culturally sensitive. Must have significant experience with complicated immigration cases before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and Immigration Court. Excellent communication and organizational skills are necessary. Must keep attorney registration status active by attending Continuing Legal Education seminars. Experience working with volunteers is helpful. Experience in family court in Pennsylvania or West Virginia helpful.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Be responsible for overseeing cases of detained unaccompanied minors, providing advanced legal screenings, working with a team to determine relief, provide direct representation for clients on several types of cases including Asylum, SIJS, Voluntary Departure, U Visas and T Visas. 
  2. Assist in supporting pro bono attorneys including recruitment, training, assigning cases and providing ongoing assistance.
  3. Communicate effectively with sponsors of unaccompanied minors when a minor is released and assist the sponsor to comprehend relief, responsibilities and identify pro bono resources in the released region.
  4. Work effectively as a part of a dynamic and caring team to ensure clients receive best services and outcomes.
  5. Be responsible for tracking outcomes of cases and providing timely reports for funders.
  6. Participate in staff development and training opportunities provided by JFCS in order to maintain attorney license and stay abreast of changes in policies and best practices.
  7. Attend all immigration department meetings and other meetings as required.
  8. Submit timesheets in a timely manner (weekly).
  9. Perform other job-related duties as required.



Please email cover letter and resume to jobs@jfcspgh.org with “Staff Immigration Attorney” in the subject line.