Overview

POSITION SUMMARY
This position is within Transgender Law Center’s litigation team with a focus on the Border Butterflies Project.

Job Title: Supervising Attorney
Status: Full-time, exempt
Location: This position can be remote or work out of TLC’s offices in Oakland or Brooklyn
Reports to: Border Butterflies Legal Director
Salary: $85,000-$92,500 depending on experience and location

About the Border Butterflies Project
Border Butterflies is a project anchored by the Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project, Transgender Law Center, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, and other Tijuana based organizations. The project aims to support LGBTQ asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border with legal, humanitarian, post-detention, and organizing support. The staff attorney position, based in the Tijuana/San Diego region, will be hosted by Transgender Law Center. The staff attorney will provide direct legal support to LGBTQ asylum seekers in living Tijuana and United States.

Primary Responsibilities
• Provide direct immigration services to LGBTQ asylum seekers in Mexico and United States including conflict-of-interest checks, over-the-phone intakes and consultations, preparing immigration applications, reviewing evidence and records, drafting declarations, obtaining supporting documents, filing FOIA requests, conducting research, and drafting parole and bond applications.
• Review and assist attorneys who provide direct immigration services to LGBTQ asylum seekers in Mexico and United States including conflict-of-interest checks, over-the-phone intakes and consultations, preparing immigration applications, reviewing evidence and records, drafting declarations, obtaining supporting documents, filing FOIA requests, conducting research, and drafting parole and bond applications.
• Review affirmative applications before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), advise and assist attorneys in providing the best possible support from intake of these matters to resolution.
• Supervise and coach Border Butterfly attorneys to help them grow their knowledge, skills, and further their professional development; assist in the development of team-wide trainings.
• Assist attorneys in communicating with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), USCIS or clients when problematic situations arise, including directly intervening when necessary.
• Ensure supervisees maintain up to date case notes and records, and provide quality assurance for entries in the case management systems.
• Daily attention to administrative and operational responsibilities to ensure reporting compliance, including detailed and comprehensive data collection;
• Participate in internal and external reoccurring Border Butterfly meetings
• Support the work of the legal team and the organization generally;
• Other duties as assigned.