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About California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF):

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1981 based in Sacramento, with satellite offices throughout the state. CRLAF'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.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

California Rural Legal Assistance 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. We believe everyone has something important to contribute. Respecting individual differences is an integral part of our culture and we endeavor to make our differences work for us to achieve our mission.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

STAFF ATTORNEY 

CRLAF seeks a Staff Attorney to join its Citizenship + Immigration Project

 

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF)’s immigration practice provides both full-scope direct representation and limited-scope legal assistance to low-income clients in their affirmative and defensive immigration cases. We represent individuals and families with their affirmative applications for immigration relief, including: family-based visa petitions, U visas, T visas, VAWA, naturalization, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and asylum. We also represent individuals and clients in their removal proceedings, and prepare cases for relief including: asylum, withholding of removal, and CAT, cancellation of removal, bond, and post-conviction relief. We 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.

Position: Immigration Staff Attorney (full-time, exempt position)

CRLAF is hiring for an Immigration Staff Attorney based in Sacramento, CA to provide legal assistance and representation to individuals in their affirmative applications for immigration relief before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration. CRLAF currently engages a hybrid work model that permits remote work.

Duties + responsibilities:

  • Provide limited-scope or full-scope services to individuals and families in their applications for immigration relief, including DACA, naturalization, U Visa, T Visa, VAWA, family-based immigration, TPS, and asylum.

  • Support and participate in local immigrants’ rights collaboratives and networks, including the Sacramento Family Unity, Education, and Legal (FUEL) Network for Immigrants, the California Afghan Legal Services Project (ALSP), and the Sacramento Coalition for Afghan Empowerment (SCALE).

  • Provide training and other technical assistance to local partner organizations, including non-profit agencies, religious groups, schools, and other community-based organizations.

  • Conduct culturally competent and community specific “Know Your Rights” presentations and other educational outreach for immigrant communities.

  • Represent CRLAF in local coalitions, partnerships, and agencies.

  • Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into CRLAF’s case management and reporting systems.

  • Assist with administrative and fundraising work of the organization.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

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

  • Law degree and license to practice law.

  • At least two years of experience practicing immigration law.

  • Valid California Driver license.

  • Fluency in Spanish.

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

  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, set, and meet deadlines with timeliness and a high attention to detail.

  • Ability to maintain accurate records and competently utilize technology platforms and databases.

  • Ability to organize and prioritize essential information and data points to report on the project.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills.

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

  • Ability to work via phone and in-person with a variety of actors, including clients, attorneys, staff, volunteers, partner organizations, and representatives of the government agencies in a professional, amicable and team-oriented manner.

  • Experience training or presenting on immigration-related matters and/or practical skills is a plus.

 

Hours, Compensation, and Benefits:

  • Salary range: $70,000 to $78,000

  • Employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance (with half-paid coverage for dependents)

  • Flexible spending account benefits

  • Employer-sponsored loan repayment assistance program

  • Employer-sponsored retirement plan

  • Generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday package

  • CRLAF has a 37.5 hour work week

 

Application Information:

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

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

STAFF ATTORNEY 

CRLAF seeks a Staff Attorney to join its Removal Defense Project

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF)’s immigration practice provides both full-scope direct representation and limited-scope legal assistance to low-income clients in their affirmative and defensive immigration cases. We represent individuals and families with their affirmative applications for immigration relief, including: family-based visa petitions, U visas, T visas, VAWA, naturalization, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and asylum. We also represent individuals and clients in their removal proceedings, preparing cases for relief including: asylum, withholding of removal, and CAT, cancellation of removal, bond, and post-conviction relief. Additionally, we 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.

Position: Immigration Staff Attorney - Removal Defense Project (full-time, exempt position)

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF)'s Removal Defense Project is hiring for an Immigration Staff Attorney based in Sacramento, CA. The position will provide legal assistance and representation to individuals in their removal proceedings before the Immigration Court. CRLAF currently engages a hybrid work model that permits remote work.

Duties + responsibilities:

  • Provide consultations, limited-scope, or full-scope services to individuals and families in removal proceedings at the Sacramento or San Francisco Immigration Court.

  • Provide consultations, limited-scope, or full-scope services to individuals detained in ICE detention centers in California.

  • Support and participate in local immigrants’ rights collaboratives and networks, including the Sacramento Family Unity, Education, and Legal (FUEL) Network for Immigrants and the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (CCIJ).

  • Participate in providing pro bono assistance to pro se respondents through the Attorney of the Day program at the Sacramento Immigration Court.

  • Provide training and other technical assistance to local partner organizations, including non-profit agencies, religious groups, schools, and other community-based organizations.

  • Represent CRLAF in local coalitions, partnerships, and agencies.

  • Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into CRLAF’s case management and reporting systems.

  • Assist with administrative and fundraising work of the organization.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

  • Law degree and active license to practice law.

  • At least two years of experience practicing immigration law.

  • Valid California driver’s license.

  • Fluency in Spanish.

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

  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, set, and meet deadlines with timeliness and a high attention to detail.

  • Ability to maintain accurate records and competently utilize technology platforms and databases.

  • Ability to organize and prioritize essential information and data points to report on projects.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills.

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

  • Ability to work via phone and in-person with a variety of actors, including clients, attorneys, staff, volunteers, partner organizations, and representatives of the government agencies in a professional, amicable and team-oriented manner.

  • Experience training or presenting on immigration-related matters and/or practical skills is a plus.

 

Hours, Compensation, and Benefits:

  • Salary range: $70,000 to $78,000

  • Employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance (with half-paid coverage for dependents)

  • Flexible spending account benefits

  • Employer-sponsored loan repayment assistance program

  • Employer-sponsored retirement plan

  • Generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday package

  • CRLAF has a 37.5 hour, 5-day work week

Application Information:

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

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

LEGAL FELLOW(S)

CRLAF seeks two Summer Legal Fellows to join its Litigation Team

Position: Summer Legal Fellow

Period: May 20, 2024 - August 16, 2024

Location: Sacramento or Fresno, California

About:

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) is one of few legal aid organizations in rural California providing services to the undocumented community. Undocumented residents, including mixed-status families, lack significant access to legal aid, as legal aid programs that receive federal funds are not permitted to serve these groups.

CRLAF represents migrant farmworkers, and other low-wage workers, in class, representative, and PAGA actions, and before the Labor Commissioner’s Office recovering wages and other compensation for thousands of individuals. CRLAF also represents mixed-status families in landlord tenant disputes, such as issues around habitability, wrongful evictions, employer-owned housing issues, labor camps, and mobile park matters, including park conversations.

CRLAF’s Labor and Civil Rights Litigation Project seeks two law students with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice to serve as California Bar Foundation Legal Aid Leader Fellows. Under the supervision of experienced attorneys, Fellows will gain practical experience working directly with clients in the areas of housing and employment law. Assignments may include completing legal research and preparing briefs to support client’s claims in litigation, interviewing clients, providing direct legal services to clients, assisting in discovery, supporting cases in active litigation, and giving community presentations. Training on housing and labor rights, case management, Zoom and other relevant online platforms and California law will be provided.

 

Requirements and Qualifications:

The Summer Fellowship is full-time, 37.5 hours per week for 10 weeks. CRLAF offers a flexible summer work schedule to accommodate any personal needs or travel plans.

  • Rising 2L or 3L

  • Interest in employment and/or housing law in California

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the empowerment of immigrant communities

  • Experience working with low-income, immigrant, migrant, farmworker, non-English speaking families, and ability to engage people from all backgrounds with both patience and sensitivity when listening to clients’ stories

  • Fluency in Spanish or locally spoken indigenous language

  • Ability to work independently, as demonstrated by a positive track record of independent decision-making

  • Valid California Driver License

  • Willingness to remain in close communications with the California Bar Foundation about your work

 

Stipend:

The successful candidate will receive a stipend of $10,000, funded by the California Bar Foundation.

 

Application Information:

If interested, please email your cover letter, resume, and list of 3 professional references to jobs@crlaf.org. Please address the cover letter to “Hiring Committee” and write “Litigation Legal Fellow” in the email subject line. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

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