The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) provides high-quality, pro bono legal representation to immigrants detained in the southeastern United States. SIFI’s skilled legal teams focus on winning detained immigrants’ release from custody. In partnership with other SPLC legal teams and pro bono volunteers, SIFI teams also engage in other forms of advocacy, including: limited representation in removal defense cases; advocacy to redress harm from conditions of confinement; and federal litigation to challenge the deportation machine.
SIFI currently serves individuals imprisoned at five major immigrant detention centers across the Southeast: the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA; the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, GA; the Folkston ICE Processing Center in Folkston, GA; the LaSalle ICE Processing Center in Jena, LA, and the Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center in Pine Prairie, LA. To promote greater client contact, SIFI’s four offices are located near the detention centers where our clients are confined. Each office has a Lead Attorney, one or two Direct Services Attorneys, and one or two Project Coordinators. Some have an Administrative Assistant. Pro bono attorneys, law students, and interpreters regularly volunteer remotely and at the offices to expand SIFI’s legal representation. Despite our common structure, each office has distinct workflows and workplace culture.
The Lead Attorney for our Ocilla office, with support of SIFI leadership in the Decatur office, manages a full-time staff comprised of two Direct Services Attorneys, a Project Coordinator and an Administrative Assistant to zealously, competently, and ethically defend the rights of individuals confined in the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, GA. This position is based out of our Decatur office, with supervisees located in our Ocilla office.
Consistent with program priorities, the Lead Attorney directs the SIFI Ocilla team in devising strategies to secure the release of detained clients and protect their human dignity. This includes identifying eligibility for release through bond or parole, eligibility for any defense against removal, and potential impact litigation and other advocacy involving issues such as conditions of confinement, due process violations in immigration court proceedings, and prolonged detention. Both directly and through the Direct Service Attorneys and volunteer attorneys, the Lead Attorney provides legal advice and representation to SIFI clients in accordance with the best practices and rules of conduct of the profession, with a focus on seeking release from the Irwin Country Detention Center. The Lead Attorney may also collaborate with others in the SPLC Legal Department on litigation and other advocacy efforts. The Lead Attorney is also expected to participate in program management and government liaison meetings.
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The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity:
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.
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