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VITAL IMMIGRANT DEFENSE ADVOCACY & SERVICES (VIDAS)

FARMWORKER RIGHTS ATTORNEY

ABOUT VIDAS

VIDAS was founded by a physician’s assistant working in a migrant farmworker clinic who left his practice to attend law school and advocate for equal access to justice for immigrants in our community. Today, we continue his legacy and vision of creating a more just, equitable, and safe north bay for all – a world with “no second class.”

VIDAS provides a full range of legal advocacy, including removal defense, asylum, DACA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U and T visas, family-based petitions, waivers, adjustment of status, and naturalization. We have offices in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Vallejo, and on the Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College campuses.

Our staff is reflective of our clients, with people of all ages from all over the world working closely as a team to deliver competent and compassionate trauma-informed legal representation at no or low cost.

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

We are excited to be included in a program providing free legal services to immigrants who may be eligible for relief under the recently enacted Deferred Action for Workers in Labor Disputes program. This is one of the first positive federal policies for immigrants in many years and we are eager to implement it to the benefit of undocumented farmworkers in the north bay.

VIDAS seeks a bilingual (Spanish-English, intermediate fluency considered) Attorney to advocate for farmworkers who may be eligible for immigration relief under the Deferred Action for Workers in Labor Disputes program. A substantial part of this role includes outreach and education, so the willingness to be offsite and engage directly with community is essential.

The Farmworker Rights Attorney will report to the Executive Director and will be expected to: 

  • Become knowledgeable about the Deferred Action for Workers in Labor Disputes program, eligibility requirements, and best practices;
  • Maintain close communication and collaboration with relevant labor agencies, labor rights organizations, and other providers throughout California;
  • Screen clients for eligibility and assess the best course of action in consideration with other forms of immigration relief and any risks;
  • Provide direct representation to eligible farmworkers, including filing applications for relief;  
  • Engage in client-centered, thoughtful, communicative advocacy, including responding to clients quickly and being engaged and available throughout the process; 
  • Attend mandatory program trainings;  
  • Develop and present training/guidance materials and comprehensive educational campaigns across multiple platforms about the deferred action program, eligibility requirements, and processes;
  • Provide hands-on mentorship to VIDAS paralegal staff, equipping them to work effectively in screening clients, preparing applications, and informing the community;
  • Assist in oversight of progress on objectives and deliverables for grant reporting, and tracking data and outcomes;
  • Facilitate cross-referrals with social services, mental health and medical providers, where appropriate;
  • Support Executive Director with project management tasks, including reporting, and funder and media relations.

PREFERRED SKILLS 

  • Member of the California (or possibly other state) bar;
  • At least 1 to 3 years of experience practicing immigration law and/or labor law
  • Life experience within the farmworker community
  • A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively across organizational and community settings
  • Keen ability to genuinely listen, synthesize information, and articulate information clearly and effectively
  • Genuine passion for advocacy
  • Ability to speak, comprehend, read and write in Spanish;
  • California driver’s license and vehicle for travel 

Salary

Salary range is $80,000 to $90,000. Benefits include full medical coverage (Kaiser Gold), 13 paid holidays, generous paid time off and sick leave allowances, career development and coalition building opportunities. 

To Apply

  • Applications, including a cover letter and resume should be emailed to our Executive Director, Monica Julian, at mjulian@vidaslegal.org   
  • Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified.   
  • VIDAS is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work.
  • This position is a two year term with potential to extend pending funding or with potential for lateral transfer to other areas of immigration advocacy

PARALEGAL FOR FARMWORKER RIGHTS PROGRAM

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

We are excited to be included in a new California program providing free legal services to immigrants who may be eligible for relief under the recently enacted Deferred Action for Workers in Labor Disputes policy. We are eager to make this relief accessible to the many farmworkers in our region who may be eligible.  

VIDAS seeks a bilingual (Spanish-English, intermediate fluency considered) Paralegal to work alongside the Farmworker Rights Attorney in advocating for laborers who may be eligible. A substantial part of this role includes outreach and education, so the willingness to be offsite and engage directly with community is essential.

The Farmworker Rights Paralegal will report to the Farmworker Rights Attorney and will be expected to: 

  • Become knowledgeable about the Deferred Action for Workers in Labor Disputes program, eligibility requirements, and best practices;
  • Screen clients for eligibility and assess the best course of action in consideration with other forms of immigration relief and any risks;
  • Support the direct representation to eligible farmworkers, including assisting the attorney with filing applications for relief and any required follow up;  
  • Engage in client-centered, thoughtful, communicative advocacy, including responding to clients quickly and being engaged and available throughout the process; 
  • Attend mandatory program trainings;  
  • Co-create and present training/guidance materials and comprehensive educational campaigns across multiple platforms about the deferred action program, eligibility requirements, and processes;
  • Support Attorney with additional project management tasks as needed

PREFERRED SKILLS 

  • At least 1 to 3 years of experience as a Paralegal, preferably in immigration or labor law
  • Life experience within the farmworker community
  • A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively across organizational and community settings
  • Keen ability to genuinely listen, synthesize information, and articulate information clearly and effectively
  • Genuine passion for advocacy
  • Ability to speak, comprehend, read and write in Spanish;
  • California driver’s license and vehicle for travel 

Salary

Starting wage is $22 per hour. Benefits include full medical coverage (Kaiser Gold), 13 paid holidays, generous paid time off and sick leave allowances, career development and coalition building opportunities. 

To Apply

  • Applications, including a cover letter and resume should be emailed to our Executive Director, Monica Julian, at mjulian@vidaslegal.org   
  • Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified.   
  • VIDAS is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work.
  • This position is a two year term with potential to extend pending funding or with potential for lateral transfer to other areas of immigration advocacy   

VITAL IMMIGRANT DEFENSE ADVOCACY & SERVICES (VIDAS)

STAFF ATTORNEY – 80 OR 100% TIME 

ABOUT VIDAS

VIDAS was founded by grassroots community activists in Sonoma County to provide critical immigrant legal services and advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. VIDAS provides a full range of legal advocacy, including asylum, DACA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U and T visas, family-based petitions, waivers, adjustment of status, and naturalization. VIDAS also specializes in removal defense advocacy, including appeals to the BIA and federal courts through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. VIDAS has offices in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Vallejo, and on the Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College campuses. We provide services to clients in surrounding counties and envision a more just and inclusive north bay for all.  

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

VIDAS seeks an experienced bilingual (Spanish-English) Attorney to work within either Sonoma or Solano County to represent immigrants in removal proceedings in the San Francisco (and, possibly, Concord or Sacramento) Immigration Courts. VIDAS will consider applicants who are available for four (4) or five (5) days per week for this position. VIDAS will also consider some portion of hybrid/telework.   

The Staff Attorney will report to the Legal Director and will be expected to: 

  • Provide legal advice and counsel on immigration issues, including participating in immigration clinics and assisting with emergency cases;
  • Provide direct representation to non-detained immigrants in master and individual hearings in San Francisco and Sacramento, and, possibly, by telephonic or online appearance in other venues;
  • Engage in client-centered, thoughtful, communicative advocacy, including responding to clients quickly and being engaged and available throughout the process; 
  • Prepare motions, applications, briefs and exhibits of evidence for advocacy before the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Office, and U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services;
  • Develop and present training/guidance materials on immigration law issues affecting immigrants and their families for Know Your Rights and other community education opportunities;
  • Provide hands-on mentorship to VIDAS paralegal staff, equipping them to work effectively in preparing applications, declarations, and other documents needed for representation;
  • Assist in oversight of progress on objectives and deliverables for grant reporting, process mapping, and tracking data and outcomes;
  • Facilitate cross-referrals with social services, mental health and medical providers;
  • Support Legal Director and Executive Director with project management tasks, including reporting, and funder and media relations.

REQUIRED SKILLS 

  • Member of the California (or possibly other state) bar;
  • At least 1 to 3 years of experience practicing immigration law, which should include at least 6 months of representation of clients in removal proceedings, including bond, master and individual hearings;
  • A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Ability to speak, comprehend, read and write in Spanish;
  • California driver’s license and vehicle for travel 

Salary

Salary range is $70,000 to 85,000 for 100% time, depending on experience, prorated if working at 80% time. Benefits include full medical coverage (Kaiser Gold), 13 paid holidays, generous paid time off and sick leave allowances, and career development opportunities. 

To Apply

  •  Applications, including a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample and contact information for three professional references, should be emailed to our Executive Director, Monica Julian, at mjulian@vidaslegal.org with cc. to Legal Director Richard Coshnear, at rcoshnear@vidaslegal.org.  
  • Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified.   
  • VIDAS is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.

VIDAS has five offices in the Northern Bay Area
(our staff is English-Spanish Bilingual)

VIDAS tiene cinco oficinas en el Norte del Area de la Bahia
(nuestro personal es bilingüe en inglés-español)

VIDAS has five offices in the Northern Bay Area
(our staff is English-Spanish Bilingual)

VIDAS tiene cinco oficinas en el Norte del Area de la Bahia
(nuestro personal es bilingüe en inglés-español)