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Legal Assistant - Unaccompanied Children Program

Job Details


Justice for all Immigrants (“JFAI”) is hiring a full-time Legal Assistant to provide support on the Unaccompanied Children Program in our San Antonio office. The Legal Assistant will provide assistance in the provision of high quality immigration legal services to unaccompanied children in the Greater San Antonio area. The Legal Assistant should have a strong commitment to public interest law and to the empowerment of immigrant communities.  He/she will be under the supervision of the Managing Attorney.

About JFAI

JFAI is a non-profit immigration legal service provider that offers immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees in the Houston, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi regions.  JFAI is an independent non-profit organization that provides legal services to clients of all faiths and backgrounds.  JFAI is a member of the National Immigration Law & Justice (ILJ) network, a national non-profit dedicated to providing quality immigration legal services throughout the nation.


The Legal Assistant in the Unaccompanied Children Program will support attorneys who provide direct immigration legal services to unaccompanied children. The primary responsibilities are:

  • Conduct client screening, intakes, and follow-up interviews with unaccompanied children

  • Prepare immigration applications and documents to be filed with the Immigration Court, DHS, and USCIS

  • Meet with clients to prepare and review applications for filing

  • Receive case assignment, organize case files, maintain case list for the attorney and generate case statistics

  • Maintain case files and update the case-tracking system

  • Provide interpretation and translation support in client matters

  • Conduct research in law and country conditions background

  • Prepare documents and files for Immigration Court, DHS, and USCIS

  • Conduct community outreach and community legal education        

  • Collect and process in-coming mail and prepare packages for mailing

  • Other duties, activities, and responsibilities, as assigned



  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required;

  • At least one year of work experience in legal services or human services (legal assistant experience in family-based immigration or removal defense strongly preferred, but not required);

  • Ability to work with and be sensitive to the needs of children;

  • Fluency in English and Spanish (written, spoken and comprehension);

  • Dedication to and experience in serving low income or immigrant populations;

  • Strong organizational skills, ability to manage caseload, strict deadlines, and other tasks simultaneously;

  • Proficiency in MS Office applications, especially Word, Excel, and Outlook;

  • Reliable transportation, valid Texas Driver’s License and evidence of insurability.


Salary and Benefits

A competitive salary ($40,000-$45,000, depending on experience) and benefits will be provided including generous vacation, sick, and holiday leave, medical/dental/vision insurance coverage, and a retirement plan with 3% match. JFAI is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, immigration status, disability, or veteran status. 


Work Hours

40 hours per week


How to Apply: 

The position is open until filled.  Please email a resume to with “Legal Assistant -  Unaccompanied Children Program” in the subject line. 

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer and must have reliable transportation.

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