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Paralegal -- fluent in English and Spanish

Company: Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)
Location: New Haven
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

IRIS Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc. (), a dynamic nonprofit organization in New Haven CT, has an opening for a full-time Paralegal in its Legal Department. IRIS is a refugee resettlement agency providing high quality and culturally sensitive assistance to immigrants and refugees in Connecticut. Our goal is to help immigrants establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticuts communities. IRIS currently serves clients from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Cuba, Sudan, Egypt, and Venezuela, among others.IRISs Legal Department: IRIS offers legal services, among its other services. IRISs Legal Department provides representation to: 1) refugees and asylees applying for lawful permanent residence, naturalization, and reunification with family members; 2) immigrants filing for asylum; and 3) immigrants in deportation proceedings. The Legal Department currently consists of five attorneys (both part- and full-time), each of whom covers one or more of the practice areas listed above, and one other full-time paralegal.The Paralegals Role: The Paralegal assists each of the attorneys, and his/her responsibilities will vary by practice area. Examples of the kinds of tasks each practice area requires are provided below.For our refugee and asylee clients filing for green cards, citizenship, and family petitions, the Paralegal will assist the attorney by calling clients to schedule meetings, preparing applications in advance of meetings, copying and filing clients documents, completing other USCIS forms (e.g. applications for travel documents, employment authorization, humanitarian parole, certificates of naturalization), handling visa processing, and general research. For asylum applicants, the Paralegal will assist the attorney by conducting intakes with potential clients, researching country conditions for clients whose cases we take, compiling documents ultimately submitted to USCIS on the clients behalf, communicating with clients including those with intensive needs and anxieties, and arranging for any interpreters needed by the attorneys. For clients who are facing deportation, the Paralegal will assist the attorney by conducting intakes with potential clients and filling out the attendant intake forms, coordinating with peer legal services organizations on a shared removal defense project, visiting out-of-state detention facilities (in MA and NH) when clients are housed there, providing ongoing case support, and handling filings in Immigration Court.Responsibilities that are common to all practice areas are:interpreting/translating where able, or arranging for interpretation assistance from others proficient in whichever language is needed;supervising the work of several interns who volunteer with us during regular hours, assigning them work and directing them in their tasks;organizing and managing the departments electronic and hard-copy files and organizing our physical space (when were back in it).The Paralegal reports to the Director of the Legal Department. The Paralegal position is full-time (40 hours per week), and pay is set at $20.80 an hour. Full medical benefits are included.Prerequisites:Candidates must be fluent in both English and Spanish (speaking, reading and writing), and any other language skills are strongly preferred. Candidates must have relevant experience or educational background (having already worked with immigrants and handled filings in Immigration Court will be deemed a plus); strong writing, communication and organizational skills; computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel; and ability to handle multiple demands and shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to the mission of IRIS and awareness and sensitivity to multicultural issues.

Keywords: Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), New Haven , Paralegal -- fluent in English and Spanish, Other , New Haven, Connecticut

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