Immigration Attorney for BLMP

Programs · Oakland, California
Department Programs
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced



Immigration Attorney for Black LGBTQ+ Migrant Project (BLMP)


Oakland, CA or Brooklyn, NY (remote may be considered)

Reports to:

TLC Legal Director and Director of BLMP




Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, please apply as soon as possible

Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation. (

 BLMP is a project of Transgender Law Center that builds and centers the power of Black LGBTQIA+ migrants to ensure the liberation of all Black people through community-building, political education, creating access to direct services, and organizing across borders. A  critical element of the project is ensuring high quality, culturally appropriate representation for Black LGBTQIA+ migrants in their immigration petitions and immigration court proceedings. (


  • Conduct preliminary intake interviews with Black LGBTQ+ migrants both inside and outside of immigration detention and related conditions of confinement.
  • Provide immigration-related legal counseling and direct legal representation to Black LGBTQ+ migrants, including but not limited to: removal defense; asylum; withholding of removal; relief under the Convention Against Torture; adjustment of status; T, U, VAWA, SIJS relief; and name and gender changes for immigration documents.
  • Conduct legal research, draft high quality legal briefs and memoranda, as necessary.
  • Assist with the recruitment and training of pro bono attorneys in areas of immigration relief and cultural competence to represent Black LGBTQ+ migrants.
  • Maintain and organize project data and produce reports.
  • Remain current on immigration law, policies, and procedures, as well as the implications of criminal law as it applies to the representation of Black LGBTQ+ migrants.


  • A Law degree
  • 2 -3 years’ experience practicing immigration law that would prepare  applicant for the responsibilities of this position.
  • Membership in the bar of at least one state.
  • Bilingual or multilingual candidates preferred,  especially in Afro-Caribbean languages, French, Portuguese, or Spanish (written and spoken).
  • Solid knowledge of current immigration legal issues, especially at it relates to Black migrants who are LGBTQ+
  • Experience working with LGBTQIA communities with a priority on TGNC communities.
  • Excellent speaking and writing abilities.
  • Demonstrated history of producing the highest caliber legal work.
  • Skill at working collaboratively with grassroots organizations.
  • A high level of independence and initiative, creativity, and good judgment.
  • Experience working in teams with people from a variety of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, sexual, gender, and generational backgrounds.
  • A demonstrated awareness of and commitment to a broad range of social, racial, and economic justice issues and an understanding of the multiple communities BLMP represents.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively.


  • Experience with racial justice, immigrants’ rights, Black migration and/or LGBTQ+ rights work, especially community-based.
  • Experience working on interdisciplinary teams
  • Experience supervising paralegals or legal volunteers.
  • Experience developing and launching a new initiatives.


Salary range is competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s experience and skills.Benefits include comprehensive health (medical, dental, vision and FSA), matched retirement savings, three weeks’ vacation, sick and family leave, and a sabbatical program.

Transgender Law Center is proud to be an affirmative action employer. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, or intersex are particularly urged to apply.



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