June 19, 2019
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
Entry Level
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified


HIAS Mexico seeks two (2) paralegals with knowledge and experience in asylum processes in Mexico and the U.S. to support its mission of providing legal support to asylum seekers and refugees in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. HIAS Mexico will provide public legal information, education and advice to individuals on both the Mexican and the U.S. asylum process, provide assistance and information to those who have been removed from the U.S. to help them access immediate protection, refer individuals to U.S. legal service providers, and assist individuals with filing for asylum in Mexico (as appropriate). The Paralegals will also convene stakeholder meetings, conduct government briefings, conduct protection monitoring of the Mexican/U.S. border, and work with HIAS to conduct advocacy and respond to policy changes.


Successful candidates will have at least one (1) to three (3) years of experience in providing legal support, preferably in immigration proceedings.


Essential Functions:

  • Conducts Know Your Rights presentations on asylum law and procedures in both the U.S. and in Mexico.
  • Assists with Pro Se Asylum Workshops for individuals in Juarez under the Migrant Protection Protocol.
  • Works closely with the HIAS Field Coordinator based in El Paso, Texas, by managing volunteers who travel to Juarez to assist with Know Your Rights presentations and Pro Se Asylum Workshops.
  • Conducts intake interviews and confers with the Managing Attorney to determine whether to refer individuals for legal representation or to retain them for representation in Mexico.
  • Communicates with partners in El Paso, Texas, on a regular basis about referrals, observations, trends, and needs.
  • Provides legal administrative support for the preparation of asylum filings in Mexico.
  • Assists Managing Attorney with border monitoring activities regarding access to legal protection and communicate observations to HIAS and other partners.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned by supervisor.


Qualifications and Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent.
  • At least one (1) to three (3) years’ experience working at an INGO or in a legal setting.
  • Experience with human rights law or immigration law strongly preferred.
  • Oral and written spoken fluency in Spanish and English required.
  • Experience working with refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable populations strongly preferred.
  • Ability to adapt and to work in a changing and fast-paced legal environment; must be
  • Ability to travel throughout Mexico and internationally, as required.
  • Must possess work authorization in Mexico.



About Us:

HIAS is a global Jewish nonprofit organization working across five continents to ensure that refugees and displaced persons are protected. Throughout the United States, we help refugees reunite with families, resettle and become self-sufficient. Guided by our values and history, we help refugees rebuild their lives in safety and security and advocate to ensure that all displaced people are treated with dignity.


Application Instructions:

Please submit your resume, cover letter and employment application to our website,