Job Description:

La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) has an Immigration Staff Attorney position available. The Immigration Staff Attorney will work directly with social service providers in providing legal advice on immigration matters to LUPE members. Staff Attorney will investigate facts and law of case to determine cause of action in order to prepare cases accordingly. Immigration cases include but are not limited to family based petitions, Temporary Protected Status, Deferred Action, Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals, V-Visas, waivers and client representation before immigration court as needed. This position will supervise and approve immigration cases being prepared at the different LUPE offices.

Immigration Staff Attorney will provide legal orientation presentations to our immigrant population at risk of deportation and to our general membership at our monthly general meetings. Immigration Staff Attorney will analyze current case work flow and participate in the strategic planning of case management when a change in law occurs, i.e. immigration reform.

LUPE Offices located in 5 cities within Hidalgo County. LUPE counts with approximately 7000 paying dues members, and 7 Social Service Provider who will assist in the preparation of form and initial client screening. Salary is competitive and benefits are generous.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to La Union Del Pueblo Entero-Executive Director, Juanita Valdes-Cox at juanitavc@lupenet.org.

Qualifications:

LUPE seeks applicants who are fluent in Spanish, have a Jurist Doctorate degree and have experience working with immigrants as well as fundamental knowledge of immigration law and immigration court procedure. Candidate must have graduated from an accredited law school; passing the Texas Bar is not required. A strong work ethic and excellent presentational and interpersonal skills are need. The ideal candidate would exhibit interest in working with the low income and undocumented population in the Rio Grande Valley.

About La Union Del Pueblo Entero:

La Unión del Pueblo Entero was founded by labor rights activist César Chávez. LUPE builds stronger, healthier communities to enable colonia residents to use the power of civic engagement for social change. We provide leadership development for community leaders to mobilize residents and social services to help families address their immediate needs as they work for social change. Over the last several years, LUPE has mobilized a membership base of 7,000 people in South Texas. Thousands of these members have been assisted by LUPE’s social service providers and staff attorney with income tax and immigration related services. Additionally, LUPE organizers have trained over 250 colonia leaders who have organized house meetings to engage neighbor families on issues that affect their communities, developed advocacy campaigns, and articulated these issues to the media. LUPE organizers actively work with colonia residents to develop campaigns for immigrant and neighborhood rights.

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