The Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (GAIN), is a nonprofit organization with a mission of protecting and empowering immigrant survivors of crime and persecution. For over 15 years, GAIN has been a nonprofit leader in immigration legal services, providing critical legal and social service support to thousands of men, women, and children from over 118 countries around the world. GAIN’s staff is currently working in a hybrid environment with COVID-19 vaccinations strongly encouraged, and vaccinations may be required in the future. We are seeking an immigration attorney to provide direct legal representation to asylum seekers and survivors of human trafficking, domestic abuse, sexual violence, and other crimes. This is a unique opportunity for someone who is passionate about serving vulnerable immigrant populations and committed to helping GAIN expand its provision of legal services.
Duties and Responsibilities: • Conduct client consultations and screen for immigration relief. Review and approve eligible cases to be placed with in-house or pro bono volunteers. • Provide direct legal representation and advice to clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), who are pursuing legal relief, including but not limited to VAWA self petitions, U and T Visas, I-751 Battered Spouse Waivers, I765V applications, and Adjustment of Status. • Assist with family reunification by providing direct representation to persons undergoing consular processing with the U.S. Department of State. • Maintain up-to-date knowledge on changes in immigration law and procedures. • Educate and provide technical assistance to community partners concerning immigration issues affecting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
• Provide legal orientation to GAIN clients through Know Your Rights (KYR) presentations and pro se materials to help them navigate the immigration system. • Play a central role in informing GAIN’s trauma-informed response to client needs; helping to improve processes, document-collecting, etc (as needed). • Coordinate with the Center for Victims of Torture, Emory Medical School’s Human Rights Clinic, and others to facilitate forensic evaluations to document physical and psychological trauma. • Supervise legal support staff including: GAIN’s paralegals and student interns. • Work with GAIN’s Navigator and other legal and social service partners to meet the holistic needs of GAIN’s clients. • Promote GAIN’s mission by participating in local community events, conferences, and other meetings with local stakeholders and community partners. • Assist in other GAIN projects as needed and perform tasks as required by supervising attorneys and staff
The ideal candidate will be an effective communicator, have knowledge of immigration law and policies, and be sensitive to the needs of clients from a wide array of backgrounds and perspectives. Spanish language proficiency strongly preferred; other relevant language skills will be considered.
This is an ideal position for someone who is committed to furthering the safety and stability of immigrant survivors of torture and trauma. To learn more about GAIN, please visit us at www.georgiaasylum.org
To apply for this position, please email cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
GAIN's mission is to protect and empower immigrant survivors of crime and persecution. We provide quality pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers and immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, and other crimes through direct representation and referrals.
GAIN was founded in 2005 as the Atlanta Bar Asylum Project with the intent to train volunteer attorneys and provide a screening, mentoring and referral mechanism for unrepresented asylum cases. In 2009 GAIN increased its scope of representation and added a second project called the Victims of Violence Project. This project was created not only to provide legal representation to immigrant victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, but also to fill a distinct void in representation from other legal aid organizations in Georgia. The same successful model of training volunteers and referring screened cases was utilized for this new project. Each year, we see a 60% increase in the demand for our services and help more than 250 clients and their families leave life-threatening situations.
GAIN’s clients include women, men and children from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle E...ast. All of our clients have been abused at some point in their life. They have been persecuted in their home country, have been victimized in a human trafficking situation or have been a victim of a crime in the United States. GAIN’s goal is to provide pro bono legal services to allow these victims to apply for immigration protection because of what they have suffered.