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Supervising Immigration Attorney
Ayuda Fairfax, VA

Supervising Immigration Attorney

Fairfax, VA
Expired: December 21, 2023 Applications are no longer accepted.
  • $85,000 to $100,000 Yearly
  • Vision , Medical , Dental , Life Insurance , Retirement
  • Full-Time

Ayuda is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing direct legal, social and language access services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Since 1973, Ayuda has provided critical services on a wide range of issues, in the process acquiring nationally recognized expertise in several fields including immigration law, language access, domestic violence and human trafficking. Ayuda has office locations in Washington, DC, Silver Spring, MD and Fairfax, VA.


Because, just like everyone at Ayuda, you believe:

•In seeing communities where all immigrants succeed and thrive in the United States.

•In the overall success of our organization and all our programs.

•That families should be healthy and safe from harm.

•That all people should have access to professional, honest, and ethical services, regardless of ability to pay or status in this country.

•That diversity and equality make this country better.


•Supervise several immigration staff members including attorneys, senior staff attorneys, paralegals and/or legal interns.

•Provide direct legal representation to low-income immigrants in a variety of matters before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), with a focus on serving immigrant survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence and vulnerable children and youth.

•Provide legal representation to children either in ORR custody or formerly in ORR custody released to custodians in Northern Virginia, including representation in removal proceedings, state court custody matters in Virginia, and applications for other forms of relief before USCIS.

•Provide legal representation to clients in especially difficult and/or novel cases, including appeals.

•Participate in Ayuda's efforts to bring about systemic change on behalf of our clients, including but not limited to participating in cases likely to have an extensive impact, working on amicus or other appellate briefs, and participation in notice and comment process on proposed regulations.

•Where necessary, advocate on behalf of clients who have been victims of crimes, including human trafficking, in interactions with law enforcement.

•Represent Ayuda and our clients at local and regional stakeholder, coalition, and advocacy meetings.

•Stay current on relevant laws and policies by attending trainings and conferences and reviewing new laws, regulations and court rules.

•Assist with preparation of grant applications, grant administration, and reports.

Note: May require travel to and from ORR shelters in Virginia, in addition to travel to local state and immigration courts.




•Satisfactory results from a background check to include criminal history and a search of the employee's name against a national registry of sex offenders.

•Must be legally able to work in the United States and maintain proper work authorization throughout employment.

•Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position presented in a general office environment.

•Must be a member in good standing of the Virginia bar or immediate eligibility for admission upon motion to the Virginia bar required.

•Must have at least three years' experience practicing immigration law, including removal defense experience and experience representing survivors of trauma.


•At least one year of experience supervising legal assistants, paralegals, and/or legal interns required, with experience supervising other attorneys strongly preferred.

•Knowledge of a second language required, with Spanish language skills preferred (other languages commonly spoken by Ayuda's clients include Tagalog, French, Ixchil, other indigenous languages spoken in Central America, Portuguese, Arabic, and Amharic).

•At least one year of experience as an attorney litigating child custody and/or guardianship petitions strongly preferred.

•At least one year of experience working with survivors of crime, with a strong preference for experiences representing clients on crime-based forms of relief, including U-Visas, T-Visa, VAWA Self-Petitions, and asylum.

•Experience working with detained clients, preference given to applicants who have served detained immigrant clients, in particular, detained children.

•Strong legal, organizational, and time-management skills.

•Excellent oral and written communication skills.

•Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team.

•Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice.

•A valid driver's license and access to a vehicle is preferred.


The anticipated salary for this position is $85,000-$100,000, depending on experience.

We are proud of the benefits we can offer that include:

•Platinum-level medical insurance plan 100% employer-paid

•Dental and vision insurance 100% employer paid.

•Long-term disability insurance 100% employer paid.

•Life and AD&D insurance 100% employer paid.

•Pre-tax 401(k) with Employer match on first 3% of salary.

•Vacation Days: 21 days per year until year 3, 27 per year in years 3-7 and 33 days per year after 7 years employment.

•New employees begin with 8 days of Health & Wellness (sick) leave and accrue an additional 5 hours per pay period plus emergency medical leave up to 12 weeks per year.

•12 weeks paid parental leave/family leave.

•24 days paid holidays and staff wellness days, including Winter Break the last week of the year.

•Job-related professional development fees (including annual state bar dues and professional memberships).

•Flexible work schedules.

This position is exempt for overtime purposes.

Employees with federal student loan debt may be eligible to apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness through the Department of Education. For more information, go to


Please apply with resume and cover letter. Writing samples may be requested.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Apply early for full consideration. No phone calls, please.


Ayuda is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

We believe that a diversity of experiences, opinions, and backgrounds is integral to achieving our mission and vision. We celebrate diversity and seek to leverage the passion, energy, and ideas of a culturally diverse team.



Fairfax, VA
22031 USA



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