Position Summary:

The Staff Attorney will provide direct representation to immigrant clients and engage in community outreach and education in support of Free Migration Project (FMP)’s mission to promote free movement as a human right. 

Pay and Benefits:

The salary for the position is $45,000 per year, and employer-provided health benefits are included. FMP utilizes a horizontal salary structure in which all full-time employees are paid at an equal salary level.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and a cover letter by April 23, 2021, describing (1) how your lived or work experience make you a good fit for this role; and (2) how you believe attorneys can contribute to the abolition of immigrant detention and deportation to david.bennion@freemigrate.org with the subject line: Staff Attorney Position.  

Essential Functions:

  • Provide direct legal services to low-income immigrants, with a geographic focus on Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, but including clients elsewhere in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware.
  • Represent clients in community-supported deportation defense campaigns and efforts to bring deported people back to the U.S.
  • Engage and inform members of the immigrant community about immigration law and policy by curating content for FMP’s online immigration legal resource, ImmigrationInfo.org.

Desired Qualifications and Skills:

  • Law Degree or Admission to the bar of any state in the U.S.
  • Experience in immigration law, including clinical or pro bono experience.
  • Based in the Philadelphia area or can relocate to Philadelphia within 90 days of date of hire.
  • Non-English language fluency is strongly preferred (e.g. Spanish, Khmer, French, or Portuguese).
  • Passionate about social justice, advocating for immigrants’ rights, and abolishing the U.S. immigration system.

Working Conditions:

This position will be primarily virtual until conditions under the pandemic improve. Client files and office equipment will be accessible in the office to staff on a rotating daily schedule so that multiple staff are not present in the office at the same time. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 precautions in Philadelphia and will resume full in-office work in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia when it is safe to do so. Please note that the office space is a second floor walk-up without an elevator. We apologize for this current configuration.

The position is a full-time position, 40 hours per week, with some work anticipated in the evenings or weekends (flex time will be available to accommodate evening or weekend work).

As public health conditions permit over the course of 2021, frequent travel to locations in the area is anticipated for community events, meetings with public officials, and visits to detained clients, with less frequent travel to New York, Washington, D.C., and other locations.  

Current FMP Board members Tania Chairez and Jessica Lee marching in Philadelphia circa 2012.

Organizational Overview:

FMP works at the intersection of law and community organizing to promote freedom of movement as a basic human right. Founded in 2016, FMP represents immigrant clients in their legal proceedings, provides legal support and training to organizers and advocates, engages in public education and outreach, litigates in the public interest, and advocates for fair and open immigration laws.

We currently provide representation for individuals and families in approximately 90 immigration matters, including applications for citizenship, permanent residence, asylum, and family reunification, as well as deportation defense and federal appeals. 

FMP provides support to the National Sanctuary Collective, a nationwide network of sanctuary campaigns, and is a member of the Shut Down Berks Coalition, which organizes to end family detention in Pennsylvania. Since 2019, we have coordinated a legal response to the egregious civil fines ICE issued against sanctuary leaders around the country. In November, we sponsored the third annual Open Borders Conference. Last year, we also launched ImmigrationInfo.org, a free, fully bilingual, online immigration legal resource. In June, we mobilized with the community and members of City Council to stop the private medical deportation of a client. We are now working with community partners and elected officials to push for policy changes to regulate this abhorrent practice.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

FMP is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly-trained staff. Immigrant, Women, Black, Indigenous, previously-incarcerated, and LGBTQIA+ individuals, People of Color, people with disabilities, and other marginalized community members are strongly encouraged to apply.