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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION
FLORENCE IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE RIGHTS PROJECT, INC.
300 South Main Street
P.O. Box 654
Florence, AZ 85232
(520) 868-0191 Ex. 4
FAX (520) 868-0192

POSITION IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE

The Organization

The Florence Project was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent noncitizens detained at the remote, rural INS Processing Center in Florence, Arizona. Those served include long-term lawful permanent residents who face exile from their families for violating the law, long-term undocumented residents who have developed deep ties in the U.S., asylum seekers from around the world and U.S. citizens who are wrongfully detained.

The Florence Project has become known nationally for its unique legal service delivery systems which ensure detained people's empowered access to justice while maximizing efficiency for the INS and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. The Florence Project maintains systems of orientation and screening, interviewing, referral and representation, thereby providing all detained people with beneficial legal advice or representation.

The Eloy Staff Attorney position

S/he would work with clients detained in the Eloy detention center in Eloy, Arizona, where the Florence Project has implemented an innovative pro se model. The Staff Attorney will work directly with clients on a daily basis providing information and orientation, conducting interviews and preparing individuals for their hearings before an immigration judge. S/he will transcend the traditional attorney-client relationship by conducting a) "rights presentations" to detained people on their rights and remedies in removal proceedings; b) individual counseling and self-representation workshops for clients; and c) limited direct representation of clients.

Requirements

The Florence Project is seeking a dynamic individual with a demonstrated commitment to immigration issues and public interest law. Spanish language ability is necessary. Prior advocacy or academic experience in immigration law would be helpful.

Application Process

Please mail or fax a cover letter, a resume with three references and a writing sample to the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Inc. c/o Elizabeth Dallam, Executive Director.

The Florence Project recognizes the value of diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from people of color, gay men and lesbians, persons with disabilities and members of under-represented or disadvantaged communities.

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