Support Immigrant and Refugee Rights


Unaccompanied Minors Staff Attorney Position – Immediate Opening


DATE POSTED:  December 4, 2018


OPEN:  Immigration Counseling Service Unaccompanied Minor Attorney Position


Immigration Counseling Service (ICS) provides affordable immigration legal services and free public educational forums in Oregon.


JOB TITLE (UAC Attorney)


JOB PURPOSE: Provide legal services and support to unaccompanied children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.






  • Provide direct representation for UCs without reunification options, UCs who have been released locally (continued representation), and UCs who wish to request voluntary departure at immigration court.
  • Provide legal assistance to other detained UACs as needed.
  • Participate weekly in a UAC staff meeting where we assess eligibility for relief, how to best match the child with representation, and to identify victims of trafficking.
  • Liaise and maintain positive relationships with UAC stakeholders, attend stakeholder meetings at least quarterly.



  • Recruit and coordinate pro bono attorneys.
  • Assist with providing Know your Rights presentations as needed.
  • Assist with screening UACs for legal relief as needed.








  • Graduate of U.S. ABA-accredited law school
  • Licensed by a state bar, preferably Oregon
  • Must have at least one year’s experience practicing immigration law or juvenile law.







  • Extensive experience working with diverse cultures and underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience working with survivors of trauma





  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish (a written and oral exam may be required)
  • Strong client communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written advocacy skills
  • Proficient legal research skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Highly organized
  • Basic computer skills (Word processing, email, and ability to write using proper grammar and spelling



  • Ability to conduct public legal presentations
  • Familiarity with VERA-funded programs


OTHER REQUIREMENTS:  The position may require occasional driving of a motor vehicle.  A valid Oregon driver’s license is required.


WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  May require evening or weekend work, working with challenging clients; driving to centers where clients are located; may spend up to 7 hours per day using a computer (sit or stand), including keyboard and mouse, and using telephone; occasional lifting boxes of files or packages weighing up to 25 pounds/



REPORTS TO:  UAC Managing Attorney


This is a Union Position


SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Salary commensurate with experience.  ICS offers an excellent benefit package.


ICS is an equal opportunity employer: ICS does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, family relationship, marital status, veteran status, military service, or any other classification protected by local, state, or federal law.


Any employee who needs accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job should communicate with the Executive Director.  We will work with an employee to evaluate whether there is a reasonable accommodation that does not pose an undue hardship on the organization.  Any proposed accommodation that creates an undue hardship on the organization, that does not allow the employee to perform the essential functions of the job, or that poses a serious safety risk to others that cannot be mitigated, is not a reasonable accommodation.



HOW TO APPLY:   Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send to a cover letter including your level of Spanish language ability, a current resume, contact information for 3 references, and a writing sample addressed to:


ICS Hiring Committee

Immigration Counseling Service (ICS)

519 SW Park Avenue, Suite 610

Portland, OR 97205