Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center Has Opening For Staff Attorney

The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) is a non-profit agency that provides education and direct legal representation to vulnerable immigrants, including individuals detained by the Department of Homeland Security in Pennsylvania detention facilities. PIRC provides on-site group legal orientations, individual consultations, self-help workshops and pro bono attorney referral services under its Legal Orientation Program (LOP), a DOJ/EOIR-funded program. Services for the LOP program are currently provided in York, Pennsylvania and at the Berks Family Shelter, Berks County, Pennsylvania. PIRC also provides free legal assistance to torture survivors and other vulnerable immigrant populations who are isolated in immigration detention and facing removal from the United States.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Law degree and licensed to practice law before the bar of any state in the U.S.
  • Fundamental knowledge of immigration law and immigration court procedures preferred.
  • Experience working with detained immigrants preferred, but not required.
  • Strong written and oral advocacy skills required.
  • Teaching experience and/or group presentation experience highly desirable.
  • Fluency in Spanish required.
  • Ability to work well independently as well as collaboratively in a team setting and under pressure.
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigration issues and public interest law.

Job Duties:

  • Provide direct services under PIRC’s Legal Orientation Program (LOP), including on-site presentations in detention facilities, workshops and referrals.
  • Provide legal representation under PIRC’s direct representation programs.
  • Assist in the recruitment and training of pro bono attorneys and law students.
  • Will work closely with the Managing Attorney and Executive Director to ensure compliance with contract and grant requirements for PIRC’s Programs.
  • Some travel required.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, three references and a brief writing sample to Elizabeth Miller, Office Manager.


Resumes will be accepted until January 18, 2013 or until the position is filled. Early submission highly encouraged. The Hiring Committee will begin screening resumes upon receipt.