Northwest Immigrant Rights Project


Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking attorney to work with individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses up to 1575 detainees.  

The attorney will provide legal services under the Legal Orientation Program (“LOP”), which is funded by the Executive Office for Immigration Review and managed by the Vera Institute. Through the LOP, NWIRP staff give detained individuals essential information about court procedures and available options for legal relief prior to their immigration hearing. The LOP consists of four primary components: (1) group orientations; (2) individual sessions; (3) self-help training in the form of pro se workshops; and (4) referral of cases to pro bono attorneys. Information about the LOP can be found at the Department of Justice website ( and the Vera Institute website (

The attorney will also provide direct representation to detained persons in removal proceedings, including representation at the Tacoma or Seattle Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit court of appeals. Between the LOP and direct representation work, attorneys will be managing a high-volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law.


NWIRP is proud to be a unionized employer and this full-time position is covered by NWIRP’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Beginning annual salary is $64,201 for a licensed attorney with no experience and is higher for attorneys with specific types of experience. For example, for someone with 10 years of non-profit immigration attorney experience, the annual salary would be $87,624; 20 years = $103,889. NWIRP also is proud to offer a generous benefits package, including:

  • 100% of premiums for excellent health, vision and dental plans;
  • 3% employer retirement contributions; 
  • Disability/life/AD&D coverage; 
  • Annual leave of 16 paid vacation days, 13 paid holidays, 12 paid health-related days; 
  • Paid Parking
  • 12 weeks of paid parenthood leave after 6 months of employment;
  • Partially paid sabbatical after 6 years of employment.


Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse staff, board, and volunteer base reflective of the communities we serve and that enhances our ability to create a vibrant environment where all members of the NWIRP community thrive. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color

(BIPOC), immigrants (including individuals who were formerly detained, undocumented, or who have navigated the immigration legal system), women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

It is the policy of NWIRP to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination. NWIRP is committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. NWIRP does not discriminate on the basis of class, race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability. Excepting any undue hardship, NWIRP will provide reasonable accommodations upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


  • Provide direct representation to detained clients in Immigration Court, on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals or before the federal courts, and before the Department of Homeland Security, under funding separate from LOP;
  • Conduct daily presentations, workshops and consultations in Spanish and English to persons detained at the immigration detention center in Tacoma, Washington (due to COVID, most workshops are currently being conducted virtually);
  • Conduct self-help workshops for unrepresented detainees seeking relief from removal;
  • Communicate regularly with stakeholders from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Tacoma Immigration Court, and Geo Group (private contractor for the facility);
  • Perform administrative tasks related to LOP; 
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant policies, laws and trends in immigration law, particularly as it impacts low-income immigrants and refugees;           
  • Engage in outreach and education in the area of immigrant rights; and            
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisory staff.


Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear; utilize a phone, computer, keyboard, pen and paper.


Emotional demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to discuss topics including, but not limited to, human trafficking, sexual assault, discrimination, domestic abuse, and psychological trauma. This job also requires making several visits each week to a detention center environment. 



  • Law degree.
  • Admission to the bar of any state in the U.S.
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and willingness to support NWIRP’s mission, vision and values.
  • Excellent written, oral communication skills and presentation skills.
  • Commitment to working in a diverse working environment;
  • Fluent in English and Spanish;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently as well as in a team environment; and
  • Proficiency in use of MS Word, and MS Excel.



LOP Supervising Attorney, Tacoma 



Please submit your a) Resume and b) Cover letter describing how your lived or work experience would make you a good fit for this role to Please use your [First Name, Last name_ LOP Attorney] in the subject line. Position is open until filled. Full consideration will be given to those who apply by November 8th 2020, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.