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Paralegal, Immigrant Rights Program

November 7, 2022 Job Listing

Immigrant Rights Program
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Hybrid Work Schedule, Based in San Francisco, CA
Non-Exempt, Full-Time Position

Applications are due by December 2, 2022

Position Summary

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (ALC) seeks to hire a paralegal to work in collaboration with attorneys and other staff in the Immigrant Rights Program to provide high-quality, client-centered representation to individuals facing detention and deportation. The paralegal will participate in all aspects of the Immigrant Rights Program’s provision of legal services in removal proceedings and related legal matters, including working directly with clients and their loved ones. Consistent with ALC’s multi-pronged approach, the paralegal’s direct services work will be integrated with impact strategies and community empowerment work. In addition, the paralegal will provide support for impact litigation within the Immigrant Rights Program and other ALC programs depending on need and capacity.

The Organization

Advancing Justice – ALC is the nation’s first legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). Since 1972, Advancing Justice – ALC has litigated high-profile civil rights cases, advocated for the passage of landmark policy changes, and provided an array of services, including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation to further the rights of low-income immigrants and communities of color. Current program areas include Workers’ Rights, Immigrant Rights, Housing Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, and Voting Rights. A growing staff of 46 provides strong collegial support and opportunities to learn about and collaborate with other program areas. Advancing Justice - ALC is a founding member of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation with partners in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.

Advancing Justice – ALC is based in San Francisco, a hub of the Asian American rights movement, progressive politics, and social justice activism. Our location in Chinatown is the first mixed-use, affordable housing co-op in San Francisco, serving as a model for preserving affordable housing in the city and protecting tenants’ rights.


  • Conduct intake interviews with potential clients, including those who are incarcerated or detained.
  • Build relationships and maintain regular communication with clients and their family members.
  • Work with clients and their family members to request records, gather evidence, draft declarations, and prepare testimony.
  • Maintain case files and calendar deadlines.
  • Provide support to clients following release from prison or immigration detention including referrals to community resources and assistance with obtaining identification and work permits.
  • Prepare immigration court filings under attorney supervision.
  • Finalize federal court filings under attorney supervision, including formatting documents and generating Tables of Contents and Tables of Authorities in legal briefs.
  • File and serve documents in various courts including immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal courts.
  • Provide information and data regarding case work in support of grant reports as needed.
  • Collaborate with the program manager and other staff in the Immigrant Rights Program and perform other duties as needed.


  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of low-income, people of color, and/or immigrant communities.
  • Paralegal certificate or bachelor’s degree with two or more years of relevant experience.
  • Experience working with low-income immigrant communities and/or incarcerated/formerly incarcerated individuals preferred.
  • Excellent writing, communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills; a high level of attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team and manage multiple tasks in a timely manner.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office and Adobe products.
  • Proficiency in an API language or Spanish preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position. The annual compensation depends on years of relevant experience, the range starting from $60,000 up to a maximum of $73,792. ALC offers an additional $1,000 annual compensation for proficiency in a language other than English and an additional $1,000 annual compensation for graduate degree(s).

ALC’s comprehensive benefits package includes the following: generous vacation and paid holidays; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage (ALC pays 100% of premiums for employees and 75% for qualified dependents); a flexible spending account (FSA); and 401K retirement plan with employer non-elective contribution and match. This position is included in the collective bargaining unit represented by CWA Local 9410.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following by December 2, 2022:

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample (no more than 5 pages)
  4. Three professional references

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Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.