Central American Minors Program Manager

New York /
Legal NYC /
Full-Time
About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal and policy advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization providing free and comprehensive legal services to people in need of a safe place to live and a safe way to get there.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City, Washington, D.C.), Jordan (Amman), Lebanon (Beirut), and Europe (Berlin). Our legal and advocacy teams work closely with a corps of pro bono lawyers from 75 leading law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created 29 IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights. IRAP has over 100 full-time staff members. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.


About the US Legal Department

IRAP’s U.S. legal department includes over 25 staff who provide individual legal assistance to refugees and other displaced people around the world. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries. 

Our U.S.- based staff provide legal assistance to individuals navigating the refugee recognition, resettlement, and visa application processes through their mentorship of pro bono teams, in-house representation, and legal information and pro se materials. They also lead our efforts to organize and train law students from IRAP’s 31 law school chapters and pro bono attorneys at over 100 international law firms and multinational corporations.

Opportunity 

IRAP is hiring a Central America Program Manager to coordinate provision of legal services to IRAP clients in the region. The position will be part of the growing U.S. Legal Department. The available position will require the selected applicant to create and maintain relationships with civil society partners in Central America and in the U.S. and to coordinate the direct representation of Central American refugees and other displaced people seeking admission or parole into the United States from within the region through the Central American Minors (CAM) Program, standard refugee processing, and any alternative available legal pathways.

The Central America Program Manager will also be responsible for collaborating with IRAP’s Pro Bono department to identify the most effective means through which to expand representation to Central American clients. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in refugee rights, human rights, immigration, and international law to be part of a growing agency that makes an impact on the lives of refugees and other displaced people. The position reports to the U.S. Legal Director. 

Responsibilities

    • Create and maintain relationships with civil society partners in Central America working with refugees and other displaced people in the region and with civil society partners in the U.S working with Central American communities;
    • In collaboration with civil society partners, establish effective referral mechanisms for refugees and other displaced people in Central America applying for admission, refugee resettlement, or parole into the U.S., including through the Central American Minors (CAM) Program;
    • In collaboration with civil society partners, disseminate information to refugees and other displaced people in Central America and Central American communities in the U.S. to raise awareness about available legal pathways for admission, refugee resettlement, or parole into the U.S. including through the CAM Program;
    • Create and moderate a working group and listserv geared to sharing legal information and strategies with other legal and refugee organizations serving CAM applicants;
    • In collaboration with IRAP’s Policy Department, engage in continued advocacy with government and stakeholders;
    • Develop effective and client-centered intake protocols for Central American clients;
    • Serve as in-house expert with regard to refugee claims from Central America;
    • In collaboration with our Legal Strategy Department, develop protocols and trainings on best practices for preparing Central American clients for CAM refugee interviews and for the accompaniment/representation of children in interviews (as permitted by the U.S. government);
    • In collaboration with our Legal Information Department, maintain the Central America-focused sections of our legal information site and our CAM-dedicated IRAP page, MenoresCAM.com
    • Represent a limited number of Central American clients in refugee interviews (as permitted by the U.S. government), and in responses to RFEs, NOIDs, and other requests for additional information;
    • Represent a small number of Central American clients in appeals of denials of refugee status (RFRs);
    • Represent a small number of Central American clients provisionally approved for refugee protection or parole through security check, medical and travel procedures;
    • Collaborate with the IRAP Litigation Department on any current and future high impact litigation efforts;
    • Assist with the management of legal interns, intake volunteers, and fellows;
    • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications

    • Bachelors and JD or LLM required. 
    • Must be admitted to practice law in the United States. 
    • Must have at least 4-6 years of post-law school legal experience working in immigration and/or refugee law, preferably as an attorney providing direct legal services to immigrant and/or refugee communities from Central America or in Central America.  
    • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.
    • Must be highly organized and motivated, able to multitask, manage a high volume workload, and have excellent time management skills. 
    • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills. 
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with a preference for experience working in diverse and international work environments. 
    • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations. 
    • Excellent oral and written skills in both English and Spanish required. 
    • Salary and title will be commensurate with relevant legal experience. 
Location: The candidate will work in one of IRAP’s U.S. offices in New York City or Washington D.C. US remote candidates are welcome to apply.

Compensation

The annual salary range for this position is $81,400 - $91,300, commensurate with experience. May be subject to a collective bargaining agreement.