Supervising Attorney for Released Youth

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project


Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, a program of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc., is a nonprofit law firm which provides community education and legal representation to Southern California’s most vulnerable immigrant communities. Esperanza provides legal representation to immigrants who are in detention and/or removal proceedings, and focuses on particularly complex immigration cases which may involve unaccompanied minors, adults with mental health issues, and cases with past criminal or gang history. Esperanza also provides community education programming and pro se assistance to immigrants in removal proceedings both in detained and non-detained settings. Esperanza has proudly provided legal services to immigrants and their families in Southern California for over 10 years. More information can be found about Esperanza at


Esperanza seeks a full-time Supervising Attorney to assist in overseeing Esperanza’s Legal Orientation Program for Released Youth under our Community Education program and to carry a small caseload of unaccompanied minor cases under our Representation program.

The Supervising Attorney for Released Youth will engage in both substantive and operational tasks, which include:

• Serving as a source of substantive legal knowledge related to unaccompanied minors for a diverse staff
• Assisting in the training, staffing, and oversight of legal orientations call center, and intakes for unaccompanied minors in office and at Los Angeles-area immigration courts
• Working with the Released Youth team to develop and update innovative legal educational materials
• Working with our pro bono team to expand access to counsel for unaccompanied minors
• Working with Program Manager to lead and identify capacity development and self-care opportunities for staff, including attorneys, paralegals, and administrative personnel
• Assisting in the training, mentoring, and supervision of legal interns, fellows, and volunteers
• Maintaining and developing relationships with stakeholders that work with unaccompanied minors
• Carrying a small and focused caseload of unaccompanied minor cases

The Supervising Attorney will be under the direct supervision of the Program Director and the Program Manager for Released Youth.


• Juris Doctorate;
• Active, California State Bar License, or license from another jurisdiction;
• Experience (including internships) in the practice of law, preferably in immigration and/or public interest law;
• Strong organizational, case management, legal research, and legal writing skills required;
• Experience working with vulnerable client populations, particularly with children, families, or clients with mental health issues is a huge plus;
• Demonstrated ability and willingness to take on challenging and novel legal issues and a readiness to pursue “outside-the-box” legal theories;
• Teaching experience and/or group presentation experience, highly desirable.
• Spanish-language proficiency required and will be tested at time of interview;
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure required;
• Willingness to be a team-player with an attitude and aptitude for collaboration;
• Passion for social justice for immigrants and vulnerable communities required.


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

Employment Type

Full Time, Exempt. The work week is generally 40 hours per week on a year round basis; however the position requires a willingness and flexibility in work hours when necessary to fulfill job responsibilities


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


Position open until filled, early applications are encouraged.

How to Apply

Simultaneously email cover letter, resume, at least 2 references, and a brief writing sample (5 pages or less) to:

(1) Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Human Resources Department; and

(2) Mercedes Nunez Roldan, Program Manager for the Released Youth Program, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, In email subject line, please place your full name, and the position for which you are applying.

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.


Other job openings at Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project are advertised by Catholic Charities of Los Angeles on behalf of Esperanza.


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