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ProBAR - Release Support Associate

TX ProBAR, 202 South First Street, Harlingen, Texas, United States of America Req #320
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

During this current situation with COVID-19, the ABA will continue to accept and process applications for job opportunities.  We will conduct our recruitment process via alternative means (virtual interviews) for the time being.

The ABA recruits employees seeking opportunities for challenging and substantive work defending liberty and pursuing justice in the U.S. and around the world.  The ABA offers competitive employment benefits which include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k), commuter benefits, and more.

Accountable for providing legal orientations to custodians of unaccompanied children, identifying legal and non-legal services providers, developing materials and resources, and making referrals and referrals for wraparound services for released unaccompanied children and their sponsors.

Principal Duties/Job Responsibilities

  • Provides legal information, via primarily telephonic orientations, and related resources and referrals to released unaccompanied children and their sponsors both locally and nationwide.

  • Refers released children and their sponsors to pro bono or low cost legal representation services in their area and also provides referrals for relevant wraparound services critical to their ability to meaningfully participate in their legal proceeding.

  • Conducts legal screenings in person or by phone, including of potential sponsors for unaccompanied children.

  • Establishes new and fosters existing contacts with social services and pro bono legal services organizations.

  • Assist with maintaining and updating written materials and resources for released unaccompanied children and sponsors on relevant legal processes and relevant resources in their communities.

  • May require travel to detention facilities in areas of South Texas or to Immigration Court.

  • Perform other related duties as required.

Required Education, Qualifications, Experience

  • Possession of an Associate’s Degree in Behavioral Science from an accredited college or university, or an associates in a job related field, or equivalent number of hours of course work and work related experience, or 2 years’ related work experience.

  • Fluency in English and Spanish in written and spoken forms.

  • Intermediate proficiency in both the Microsoft Office suite of products and with Google tools and products.

  • Able to receive and respond to clients’ calls or messages after normal office hours.

  • Able to problem solve issues during stressful situations.

  • Must be able to identify visual and verbal cues when interacting with clients.

Preferred Education, Qualifications, Experience 

  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree in a work-related field from an accredited college or university or 4 years equivalent work experience.

  • Prior work experience with Mayan language speaking populations.

  • At least one-year experience with an organization that provides legal services.

  • Prior volunteer, community, or work experience regarding immigration or detention.

  • Prior non-profit experience, particularly immigration detention.

The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association please call 312-988-5188.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Required Education High School
  • TX ProBAR, 202 South First Street, Harlingen, Texas, United States of America