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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeks Detention Staff Attorney
June 11, 2018 | Mana

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking attorney to work with individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses up to 1575 detainees. The attorney will be providing legal representation and assistance to individuals in removal proceedings.

The attorney will provide legal services under the Legal Orientation Program (“LOP”), which is funded by the Executive Office for Immigration Review and managed by the Vera Institute. Through the LOP, NWIRP staff give detained individuals essential information about court procedures and available options for legal relief prior to their immigration hearing. The LOP consists of four primary components: (1) group orientations; (2) individual sessions; (3) self-help training in the form of pro se workshops; and (4) referral of cases to pro bono attorneys. Information about the LOP can be found at the Department of Justice website  ( and the Vera Institute website (

The attorney will also provide direct representation to detained persons in removal proceedings, including representation at the Tacoma or Seattle Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit court of appeals. Between the LOP and direct representation work, attorneys will be managing a high volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law.

Beginning annual salary is $58,232 for a licensed attorney with no experience and is higher for attorneys with immigration-related experience. NWIRP offers a generous benefits package, including 100% of premiums for excellent health, vision & dental plans; 3% employer retirement contributions; paid vacation and health-related leave; subsidized transit pass; position-related travel reimbursement; bar dues.

For more information, including how to apply, click here.