Paralegal [IRP-09], Immigrants’ Rights Project, SF

National Offices, California
September 24, 2018


American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Immigrants’ Rights Project, San Francisco


For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s protecting the rights of immigrants, ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.

The Immigrants’ Rights Project of the ACLU’s National office in San Francisco seeks applications for the full-time position of Paralegal.



The Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) works to defend the civil and constitutional rights of immigrants through a comprehensive program of impact litigation and public education. IRP conducts the largest litigation program in the country dedicated to enforcing and defending the constitutional and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against non-citizens. 

The Project has most recently been engaged in litigation and advocacy to challenge: the separation of parents and children at the border; the Muslim travel ban; the detention of asylum seekers and use of mandatory and prolonged immigration detention; the lack of due process in the deportation system, including the lack of appointed counsel and federal court review of deportation orders; constitutional violations that arise from state and local immigration laws and enforcement policies, including state anti-immigrant laws and immigration-related civil rights violations by local police and sheriffs; the arbitrary termination of grants Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) without notice or process; and illegal enforcement tactics used by federal immigration and border patrol agents, including abusive immigration detainer practices and unjustified cross-border shootings by U.S. Border Patrol.

IRP maintains offices in New York and California but also supports and coordinates the immigrants’ rights work of the ACLU’s affiliates around the country. The Paralegal will be an integral part of the IRP team, will attend regular staff meetings and will have the opportunity to learn about strategies for protecting the rights of immigrants.



  • Produce and file pleadings in federal courts (from district court through Supreme Court level), and occasionally state courts around the United States
  • Manage and coordinate databases, case files, attorneys’ correspondence files, IRP litigation docket, etc.
  • Research and analyze issues where appropriate
  • Serve as liaison with co-counsel and clients
  • Provide litigation support, including administrative support
  • Respond to intake calls, emails and letters from individuals seeking assistance 
  • Prepare updates for IRP information on ACLU website
  • Occasional drafting of materials and letters
  • Serve as liaison for administrative relations with ACLU affiliates and other offices within National ACLU
  • Act as liaison between staff attorneys and paralegals to disseminate work and provide guidance regarding work assignments
  • Provide administrative support for manager review of applications for support staff and intern positions
  • Work jointly with interns and communicate routine and/or procedural guidance on projects assigned by managers
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Perform other job related special projects and other duties as assigned by the Director and Staff Attorneys



  • A Bachelor’s degree is required and one year of paralegal or related experience preferred 
  • Excellent word-processing and computer skills in Windows 7 environment
  • Proficient with Microsoft WordPerfect, Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Strong internet research skills are essential
  • Must be well organized, efficient, highly motivated, able to handle multiple tasks at once, work well under pressure, and take initiative
  • Must have strong writing, verbal and interpersonal skills, superb attention to detail and excellent phone manner 
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Commitment to civil liberties, immigrants' rights and public interest legal work is essential
  • Spanish language skills preferred



The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.



Send a letter of interest, a resume, a transcript, the names and telephone numbers of two legal references, and a legal writing sample to Reference [IRP-09] in the subject line.

Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Immigrants’ Rights Project posting. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address.


Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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