Provide legal representation of clients in proceedings before the Alaska Court System, Department of Homeland Security, the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Includes appearances at hearings, preparation of witnesses, legal research, and the preparation of briefs and other pleadings.
Manage case files in accordance with program policy and procedures.
Work with paralegals and volunteers when they are assisting in your client-related work. Includes oversight of case management, telephone assistance and preparation of documents.
Meet deadlines imposed by state court judges, the Executive Office of Immigration Review, the Department of Homeland Security and the Supervising Attorney of the Alaska Immigration Justice Project.
Provide consultations and prescreen clients to review client eligibility for human trafficking services.
Participate in outreach and education activities to immigrant community, social service, legal services and health care providers and attorneys to increase awareness about human trafficking.
When appropriate work with law enforcement officers to advocate for protection and safety for human trafficking clients.
Provide comprehensive case management supportive services for human trafficking victims to assist with housing, public assistance benefits, employment services, mental health services, physical health care services and any other services to assist the client to meet her/his needs.
Provide legal representation of human trafficking clients in other courts when material to immigration, family law and other legal issues related to the victimization of clients.
Assist domestic violence and sexual assault programs and other agencies working with human trafficking crime victims to make services accessible to underserved and limited English proficient trafficking survivors statewide.
Develop culturally and linguistically appropriate resource material for human trafficking victims, if needed.
Perform general office duties, such as faxing, copying and filing.
Participate in weekly staff meetings.
Maintain case statistics for reports to funders.
Maintain regular and reliable attendance.
Other duties as assigned.
Personal: The individual for this position must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, self-confidence and be able to advocate on behalf of clients with compassion. The person must be dependable, be able to work with a team of co-workers in stressful situations and to work with people from diverse cultures whose first language is not English. The individual must also be committed to providing legal representation to indigent individuals and those normally excluded from the justice system.
Education/Experience: J.D. degree required and licensed to practice law in the United States. Excellent oral and written communication skills and work experience with culturally diverse clients required. Previous work experience with domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking survivor, non-profit legal services program and minimum two years legal experience is preferred.
At the Alaska Institute for Justice (AIJ), we are committed to protecting the human rights of all Alaskans. AIJ is an award winning program with dedicated professionals that provide statewide legal services to immigrants, language access services and public policy work. AIJ has fourteen staff who speak English, Spanish, Korean, German, French, & Hmong. As an agency we uphold certain basic values. These include:
•Commitment to equity and justice, and respect for the rights and dignity for everyone.
•Integrity, responsibility and accountability in all our work.
•Pursuit of excellence, in creating long-term sustainability for AIJ’s work within Alaska characterized by principles of shared values and team engagement.
The Alaska Institute for Justice (AIJ) is a nonprofit organization. Since opening our office in 2005, AIJ has been on the frontlines of promoting justice and equality of treatment for immigrants and refugees residing in Alaska. AIJ’s three programs protect, defend, and advance the rights of some of Alaska’s most underserved communities including: 1) Legal Program; 2) Language Interpreter Center; and 3) Research and Policy Institute.