Legal Assistant for Community Education

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project

Background

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, a program of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc., is a
non-profit law firm which provides community education and legal representation to immigrant
adults, families, unaccompanied minors, individuals with mental health issues, and in cases
involving crimmigration. Esperanza has proudly provided legal services to immigrants and their
families in Southern California for over 15 years. More information is available at
www.esperanza-la.org.
Esperanza seeks a full-time Legal Assistant to work in our Community Education program. The
immigration court system does not provide court-appointed counsel to individuals facing
deportation who cannot afford an attorney, so this vulnerable population relies on our
Community Education program to obtain critical information about the process. The
Community Education program was created to more effectively meet this need and guide pro
se immigrants through the increasingly complicated and strained immigration system.

Responsibilities

The Legal Assistant will work under the direct supervision of a manager to provide various selfhelp
services for non-detained adults and families. The core program services include; legal
orientations regarding removal proceedings and legal relief; intake and follow-up services; selfhelp
workshops; and referrals for pro bono assistance or social services. Additional
responsibilities include:
 Promptly and properly responding to substantive client communication, including walkins,
phone calls, and letters that require substantive legal and operational knowledge;
 Assisting with Friend of Court services during hearings;
 Scheduling appointments, doing outreach, and maintaining referral system;
 Referring individuals to social services;
 Creating and properly maintaining participant files;
 Developing and updating pro se materials in Spanish and English;
 Mentoring and supervising volunteers; and
 Performing general administrative duties, including filing, copying, note-taking, etc.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications
 Bachelor’s Degree in related field, or 3-5 years of related experience;
 Experience working in a legal office, especially with immigration;
 Meticulous attention to detail;
 Strong organizational skills and the ability to problem solve independently;
 Fluency in oral and written Spanish required;
 Strong work ethic and ability to work under pressure;
 Strong verbal communication, phone and writing skills;
 Strong typing and computer skills including MS Word, Excel, Mail Merges, etc.; and
 Passion for social justice for immigrants and vulnerable communities.
Preferred Qualifications
 Experience working with vulnerable client populations, particularly with children, families, or clients with mental health issues; and
 Experience in community outreach and/or public speaking.

Location

Our office is located at 1530 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015. This position may require regional travel to immigration courts. Mileage is reimbursed.

Employment Type

Full Time Position.

Salary

Depends on experience (D.O.E.) + generous benefits package, including health, dental, vision, 10 sick days, 15 vacation days/year, 12 paid holidays/year, retirement plan, and FSA account. All new hires are subject to a 6-month probationary period.

Deadline

Position open until filled, early applications are encouraged.

How to Apply

Simultaneously email cover letter, resume, and at least 2 references to:
(1) hrjobs@ccharities.org Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Human Resources Department; P.O. Box 15095, Los Angeles, CA 90015, and
(2) Evelyn Cedeño-Naik, Program Manager, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, enaik@ccharities.org, 1530 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.
In the e-mail subject line, please place your full name and position you are applying for. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please. Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.  No phone calls please.  Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer.

 

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