Santa Fe Dreamers Project is looking to hire two staff attorneys to start during Summer 2017.

ABOUT SANTA FE DREAMERS PROJECT

Santa Fe Dreamers Project is a non-profit legal services organization serving New Mexico’s immigrant community.  Since our beginning in 2014, the Dreamers Project has served primarily immigrant youth and families, focusing on economic and community development. Santa Fe Dreamers Project is committed to representing every qualified immigrant who walks through our doors. We make every effort to understand the barriers that normally prevent immigrant families in our community from accessing legal representation and design our services with those barriers in mind. 

JOB DUTIES

Santa Fe Dreamers Project is hiring two new attorneys, work on the following projects and have the following responsibilities.  Some of these projects will be specifically assigned to just one attorney, and some duties are expected of all attorneys with Santa Fe Dreamers Project:

  • LEGAL CLINICS: Providing DACA legal services at one of two weekly legal clinics, and screening for other type of immigration relief.

  • DREAMS ON WHEELS:  Providing legal services through our mobile legal services program in various communities in rural New Mexico.  This includes direct representation in DACA cases, brief consultation on other immigration issues, and immigrant community support, including emergency planning and related legal documents.  

  • CIBOLA COUNTY IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITY:  Providing legal information and support to detainees in the Cibola County Immigration Detention Facility in collaboration with the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center.  Duties include presenting legal orientation information in English and Spanish to detainees, doing specialized workshops on topics such as bond and credible fear interviews, and doing individual intakes and legal screenings with detainees.  

  • SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE STATUS PROJECT: Screen and prepare both state court and immigration portions of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases. State court portions will include divorce, custody, and/or kinship guardianship filings and related hearings in New Mexico’s First Judicial Court. Immigration responsibilities include preparing filings for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status with USCIS and representation of the client in front of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).

  • ASYLUM CASES AND LEGAL SERVICES FOR REFUGEES:  Every attorney at Santa Fe Dreamers Project is expected to take at least one asylum case representing Central American refugees per year, and all are encouraged to support the CARA Pro Bono Project both on the ground and remotely.  

  • RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK:  This position may also include supporting the Santa Fe area Rapid Response Network, which is designed to respond to ICE activity, arrests and raids in the Santa Fe area.  

  • OTHER DUTIES: Attorneys at Santa Fe Dreamers Project are expected to cooperate and collaborate with other organizations working in our community, including New Mexico Dream Team, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, public schools, healthcare providers, and universities.  This may include collaborating on projects, providing trainings, hosting events, and other community-oriented activities.  

REQUIRED AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • [REQUIRED] Bilingual English/Spanish is a requirement for employment with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project.  

  • [REQUIRED] Licensed to practice law as of June 1, 2017.  Ideal candidates will be licensed to practice in the state of New Mexico, but a license to practice in other states will be considered as well. We will consider recent graduates taking the July 2017 NM Bar Exam.

  • [REQUIRED] Self starter with a sense of humor and adventure committed to addressing the issue of access to legal services for people living in poverty and excited to work with NM’s vulnerable and wonderful immigrant population

  • [PREFERRED] Experience in immigration law.  Ideal candidates will have at least one year experience working with immigrants, and must have at least basic  knowledge of immigration law.  This can include experience as a law student clinician, intern or extern, or professional experience serving immigrants as a non-attorney.  We will consider non-immigration attorneys as well with experience serving vulnerable populations.

  • Start date flexible.  New attorneys in these positions may start as early as June 1, 2017, but must begin no later than July 31, 2017.  

Please send your resume and letter of interest  in the body of the email to our Director, Allegra Love at allegra@santafedreamersproject.org by May 1, 2017.  Please indicate your interest in detention work, rural work through Dreams on Wheels, and your interest in Santa Fe state court practice.  

Please direct any questions about these positions to our Director Allegra Love at allegra@santafedreamersproject.org.  


If you are a student seeking an internship or fellowship opportunity please contact our director, Allegra at allegra@santafedreamersproject.org. We are looking forward to hearing from you