• SIFI Direct Services Attorney – Alexandria (Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center & LaSalle ICE Processing Center)

    Job Locations US-GA-Atlanta
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Three Positions Vacancies Available

    The Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) provides high-quality, holistic pro bono legal representation to immigrants detained in the southeastern United States. By ensuring that skilled attorneys are available to protect detained immigrants’ due process rights, the SIFI endeavors to win every meritorious deportation defense and custody case arising out of Trump-era immigration enforcement actions.                            

    SIFI was developed and is directed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  Innovation Law Lab and the Immigration Justice Campaign—an initiative of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Council, and the American Immigrant Representation Project—are collaborating with SIFI to provide technical assistance and to expand pro bono support. 

    The Direct Services Attorney works out of the SIFI-Alexandria office, providing direct legal representation to detained individuals in custody and removal proceedings at the Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center (“Pine Prairie”) in Pine Prairie, Louisiana and the LaSalle ICE Processing Center (“LaSalle”) in Jena, Louisiana in accordance with the best practices and rules of conduct of the legal profession. The Direct Services Attorney collaborates closely with the entire SIFI team, SIFI partners, allied organizations to support ongoing pro bono efforts, including developing potential federal litigation arising from removal defense work.


    • Provide, as the primary role, support, supervision, and mentorship to pro-bono attorneys who are preparing filings and appearing before the Immigration Courts on bond, master, motion, merits, and other related proceedings;
    • Provide support and assist volunteers, both at our Alexandria office and those working remotely, in document collection, writing, and editing of motions;
    • Provide direct representation to SIFI clients seeking release from detention (generally bond or parole);
    • Provide direct representation to certain SIFI clients in removal proceedings and proceedings before the federal immigration agencies;
    • At times, provide on-the-ground support for civil rights litigation and other advocacy on behalf of individuals detained at Pine Prairie and LaSalle;
    • Maintain accurate and complete case records through LawLab software for all SIFI clients at Pine Prairie and LaSalle;
    • Collaborate with attorneys, legal paraprofessionals, and interpreters, in furtherance of the representation of SIFI clients; and
    • Communicate with stakeholders, including the federal immigration agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services related to SIFI clients.


    • JD from an accredited university;
    • Membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
    • At least one year of experience practicing before immigration courts preferred;
    • Dedication to and experience working with low-income, immigrant clients;
    • Commitment to working long hours;
    • Strong proficiency (but not native language-level fluency) in written and spoken Spanish;
    • Willingness to spend considerable time meeting with detained individuals in the rural Deep South;
    • Willingness to live in Alexandria, LA and drive approximately 45 minutes to meet clients and attend Immigration Court proceedings in Pine Prairie (Immigration Court is in Oakdale, LA) and LaSalle; and
    • Valid driver’s license. 

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • While strong Spanish proficiency is required, proficiency in Creole/French/Arabic/Hindi/Urdu and other languages will strengthen the application; and
    • Experience working within volunteer-based projects preferred.


    Other Special Considerations:       

    • This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions;
    • In addition to a competitive salary and benefits, SIFI-Alexandria staff are provided a monthly housing stipend from SPLC; and 
    • All applicants should submit cover letter, resume, references, and legal writing sample.


    • 1 year, with the possibility of an extension.  


    The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.



    An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity: 

    Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.


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