The American Friends Service Committee - Detention Attorney

02 May 2017 3:03 PM | Anonymous

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer 

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems. 


TITLE: Detention Attorney 


STATUS: Full-Time 

SUPERVISOR: Legal Services Director 

REGION/UNIT: Northeast Region 

LOCATION: Newark, New Jersey 

DATE APPROVED: November 2014 


The Detention Attorney is responsible for legal immigration counseling, legal representation, participating in statewide and nationwide detention-related advocacy activities, and participating in immigration rights program services. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: The key responsibilities of the Detention Attorney include the following: 

1. Provide in-depth individual consultations to indigent, unrepresented immigrant detainees appearing before the Elizabeth Immigration Court. 

2. Provide representation to all program-qualified immigrants before the Immigration Court in removal-defense litigation. 

3. Manage caseload and maintain client files in good order, including photocopying applications, letters, supporting documentation, and follow up work. Maintain client and case information in LawLogix. 

4. Participate in meetings with government, private and non-profit stakeholders on detention issues. 

5. Translate documents or secure translations as necessary; secure interpretation assistance, as necessary. 

6. Work with AFSC’s Social Worker to meet client’s social service needs. 

7. Monitor conditions and access at the detention center and jails for use in reports and advocacy activities. 

8. Compile quarterly narrative and statistical reports regarding case consultation and case representation. Assist in the documentation of the project’s experiences and in the preparation of AFSC quarterly reports and reports to funding sources. 

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9. Conduct presentations on immigration and detention issues to the general public. 

10. Respond to the media to publicize detention practices and policies and the impact of detention on immigrants and their families. 

11. Participate in AFSC staff meetings and case reviews. 


EDUCATION: Admission to a state bar required. 


1. Two Years’ experience with immigration law and procedures preferred, especially asylum and immigration court representation. 

2. Fluency in written and oral English and Spanish. 

3. Strong written and oral communication skills including public speaking. 

4. Self-motivated, detail oriented, well-organized, able to prioritize assignments and work load. 

5. Familiarity with software applications in a Windows environment, including Microsoft Word and LawLogix. 

6. Ability to communicate effectively and build mutually respectful relationships with co-workers, clients, donors, and the public. 

7. Ability to work some evenings and weekends; ability to travel out of state. 


1. Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual. 

2. Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff. 

COMPENSATION: Salary Range 15 – Exempt – Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker’s compensation and social security. 

The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. 

AFSC’s Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This position is represented under the Northeast Region’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.