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We seek to hire individuals with a demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and a passion for serving immigrants and refugees in need of legal services. If you feel that your qualifications fit the description for a position listed below, we invite you to send us a résumé and cover letter for review.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a full time bilingual attorney to provide community outreach, education, and direct representation to immigrant youth. The applicant must be fluent in English and a second language (Spanish, Pashto, Dari are preferred), or familiar working with interpreters.

The applicant must be able to start the position by January 2022. The role is currently mostly remote due to COVID-19, but will resume to work out of NWIRP’s Seattle office once operations return to in office. While the staff attorney will join NWIRP’s Seattle office in the Children and Youth Advocacy Program (CYAP), the staff attorney will work closely with other staff members across NWIRP’s four offices and community partners in Washington State, providing individual consultations and direct representation to youth in the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) Program, operated by Washington’s DSHS - Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (DSHS-ORIA). The URM Providers are currently located in Tacoma and Vancouver, Seattle, and Spokane. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

CYAP serves immigrant children and youth. CYAP staff maintain diverse caseloads and assist young people to apply for various forms of immigration protection, including Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Asylum, Self-petitions under VAWA, U visas, T visas, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Adjustment of Status, and removal defense before immigration courts. CYAP attorneys also handle Washington State court proceedings related to a child’s eligibility for SIJS and administer monthly legal clinics for DACA applicants. This position is expected to travel around the State in order to provide legal services to youth in the URM Program. A valid driver’s license will be required in order to meet these expectations. The position may involve evening and weekend work hours.


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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks undergraduate student applications for part-time internship positions to join the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Unit in Seattle, WA. Undergraduate interns will be asked to commit at least 10 hours per week for these internships for a period of 6 months or more. We are looking for interns for the following internship times January to July of 2022 and July to December of 2022. Additional languages spoken are a plus but not required. The internships are unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit when possible. Interns will have direct exposure to a fast pace work environment centered around immigration law and advocacy

This internship position will directly assist the VAWA Unit’s growing intake process and is a great opportunity to learn more about immigration law and advocating for survivors of abuse. The VAWA unit currently provides direct services, outreach and education throughout the state of Washington to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes. The unit processes the following case types: Self-petitions under VAWA, U visas, T visas, VAWA applications for adjustment of status, and removal defense for survivors of violence. The undergraduate intern will also work with other staff members on different types of immigration cases as needed.


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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project seeks applications for part-time internship positions to join the Tacoma office. Interns will be asked to commit at least 10 hours per week for these virtual internships for a period of 6 months. We are looking for interns for the following internship period: January to June 2022. Additional languages spoken are a plus but not required. The internships are unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit when possible and if applicable. Interns will have direct exposure to a fast-paced work environment centered on immigration law and advocacy.

NWIRP’s Tacoma office serves up to 1,575 immigrants detained at the Northwest ICE Processing Center (NWIPC), 85% of whom are unrepresented. The Tacoma office also provides legal services to immigrants residing in the Tacoma and South Sound area as they navigate the immigration process.


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