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Sacramento Rapid Response Attorney

Position: Sacramento Rapid Response Attorney (full-time, exempt position)

CRLA Foundation’s immigration practice provides both full-scope direct representation and limited- scope legal assistance to low-income clients in their affirmative or defensive immigration cases. We represent individuals and families with their affirmative and defensive applications for immigration relief, including: family-based visa petitions, U visas, T visas, VAWA, naturalization, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and asylum. We also engage in extensive community education throughout Sacramento and the Central Valley to equip immigrants, farmworkers, and the underserved with information about their rights and recent developments in immigration law and policy.


California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) is hiring for a Rapid Response Attorney based in Sacramento, CA and focused on responding to ICE arrests and enforcement in the Sacramento region. This position is part of the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (CCIJ) regional network that includes Rapid Response Attorneys in San Francisco and Stockton. The Sacramento Rapid Response Attorney will work in coordination with other CCIJ attorneys and advocates as well as the Sacramento FUEL Network.


The Rapid Response Attorney will provide immediate assistance for individuals who contact the local rapid response networks and are processed at the Sacramento processing center. They will serve to triage the case by responding immediately to the Sacramento ICE processing center and/or detention centers, conducting intakes and consultations, and, in certain circumstances, engaging in limited scope representation to prevent immediate deportation and prevent transfer outside of the jurisdiction of Northern California.


The Rapid Response Attorney will work with local networks and detainees’ family members to provide updates regarding case and custody status of detained individuals, advise as to next steps, and identify and make referrals for potential full-scope representation. The Rapid Response Attorney will not have a traditional caseload or represent individuals in removal proceedings, but will represent clients at bond hearings and provide assistance to pro se respondents and other limited scope legal services.

In addition to their legal work, the Rapid Response Attorney may also be involved in advocacy with media and elected officials, FOIA requests and data development, as well as documenting and tracking ICE tactics and abuses, prosecutorial misconduct, and legal compliance.


We are looking for candidates with detained immigration experience, Spanish fluency, and a willingness to travel and be part of an innovative regional advocacy model.


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the empowerment of immigrant communities;

  2. Law degree and license to practice law;

  3. Valid California Driver license;

  4. Fluency in Spanish;

  5. Experience working with low-income, non-English speaking clients;

  6. Experience representing or working with detained individuals in immigration matters;

  7. Strong advocacy, litigation, and writing skills; and

  8. Ability to work in a team-focused and multicultural work environment.


Hours, Compensation, and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience in addition to medical, vision, and dental insurance. Includes flexible spending account benefits and a generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday package. Minimum of 37.5 hours per week, including some weekend or evening hours.


To Apply:

If interested, please email cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references to jobs @ Please address cover letter to “Hiring Committee” and write “Rapid Response Attorney” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled.

About CRLA Foundation: We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1981 based in Sacramento, with satellite offices throughout the state. CRLA Foundation's mission is to achieve social justice and equity in partnership with farmworkers and the underserved in rural communities through community, legal, and legislative advocacy. Our goal is to help the rural poor improve their economic, social, and political conditions and become more civically engaged in their communities. We provide community outreach and education, legal services, and public policy advocacy on issues important to rural communities. We work in the areas of immigration and citizenship, labor and employment, housing, education, health, workplace safety, and environmental justice.


CRLA Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, color, religion, gender identity and/or expression, physical or mental disability, nationality, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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