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CCDC Immigration Legal Services (ILS) VISTA
Since 1986, Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Services (ILS) program has been effectively addressing the Washington, DC area’s evolving immigration legal needs. ILS currently operates in two offices in DC and two offices in Maryland, and provides legal assistance through culturally and linguistically appropriate, reduced-cost, or pro bono legal services. ILS provides legal representation in such matters as naturalization and citizenship, asylum, family- and employment-based immigrant petitions, relief from removal in Immigration Court, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions for survivors of domestic violence, U and T visas for victims of crime and trafficking, Temporary Protected Status, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and consular processing. Our dedicated staff also provide legal representation in cases relating to unaccompanied minors in both State Court and Immigration Court. Additionally, ILS conducts legal orientation sessions under the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians (LOPC) of Unaccompanied Minors to inform and educate custodians of minors’ rights, the immigration court process, and potential immigration relief. Through ILS’ robust Pro Bono Program, we recruit, train, and mentor pro bono attorneys in immigration law and then match individuals with them for free legal assistance. We also provide community outreach and education and Know Your Rights presentations. This VISTA position is a part of Catholic Charities USA’s Family Strengthening Program, a national intermediary project. As a member, you will meet virtually with VISTA Leaders and other VISTAs serving throughout the country, all focused on alleviating poverty.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will (1) help support a hybrid work model by creating/organizing a virtual library of legal resources/templates for staff, and assist the pro bono team in fully utilizing our current database to track and monitor pro bono case updates; (2) expand our capacity to serve by setting up a more supportive onboarding process for interns/volunteers, including an onboarding manual and Sharepoint site of resources; (3) Acknowledge the contributions of the volunteers/pro bono attorneys by setting up an inaugural appreciation event, and periodic ways to acknowledge the volunteers throughout the year; (4) Make connections with community partners to assess the needs for outreach and education, and help organize presentations/community events; (5) Support the financial sustainability of the program by assisting with the fundraising process, and creating a “how to” doc for future fundraising efforts; (6) Help build a sustainable team by organizing periodic team building activities.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth ,  Homeland Security . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Computers/Technology ,  Communications ,  Law ,  Writing/Editing ,  Public Speaking . 
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CCDC Immigration Legal Services (ILS) VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/29/2022  -   08/28/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA   Washington/Baltimore  

Spanish or French preferred

Accepting Applications
From  07/14/2022  To  12/31/2022 

Contact Jacqueline Rishty
924 G St NW
Washington   DC   20001

Listing ID 113579