Jobs & Internships

NWIRP is the only organization in Washington State providing comprehensive immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees. Our exciting and dynamic organization serves more than 10,000 individuals from more than 100 countries and 40 language groups each year.

We seek to hire individuals with a demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and a passion for serving immigrants and refugees in need of legal services. If you feel that your qualifications fit the description for a position listed below, we invite you to send us a résumé and cover letter for review.


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  • Grants Research Volunteer: Seattle

    Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a volunteer to provide prospect research and grant writing support in our Seattle Office.

    In this unpaid position, the volunteer will have the opportunity to develop professional grant writing skills, learn about the immigration system, and work closely with members of NWIRP’s Development and Grants & Contracts teams. We seek a volunteer who is able to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks, 10 hours a week.

    For more information, please click here.

  • Bilingual Legal Advocate: Tacoma

    The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a legal advocate to work in its Tacoma office. The applicant must be fluent in English and Spanish. The advocate will work mainly with individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses up to 1575 detainees. The advocate will be part of a team providing direct immigration legal services to those detained at the detention center and will play a key role in gathering data, tracking case progress and creating monthly status reports on detailing services provided to individuals at the Northwest Detention Center. This position will also include assisting in case preparation and evidence gathering for high- volume workloads

    For more information, please click here.

  • Staff Attorney: Wenatchee

    Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking attorney or law graduate, taking the July 2018 bar examination, to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of affirmative and defensive immigration matters.

    This position will be based in NWIRP’s Wenatchee Office. This office serves a client base consisting largely of farmworkers and their families.

    The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation (2) individual consultations; (3) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (4) community education. The attorney will focus on providing legal representation in various matters, but focusing on 1) defending individuals in removal proceedings; 2) representing victims of crimes in applying for immigration benefits (including self-petitions, U visas, T visas and other forms of relief); and 3) representing community members seeking immigration status through family visa petitions. The attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters as needed.

    For more information, please click here.

  • Staff Attorney: Tacoma

    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 be providing legal representation and assistance to individuals in removal proceedings.

    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.

    Candidate must be able to start the position by August.

    For more information, please click here.

  • Legal Internship: Granger

    Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is seeking law student applications for two internship positions in its Granger office. These internships are paid (see Laurel Rubin flyer for details), and NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.

    The internship is open to first, second, and third- year law students. Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills, an interest in immigration law, an ability to work in a diverse and challenging work environment, and a commitment to advancing and defending the legal rights of low-income immigrants and refugees. Willingness to live in a rural community. Some travel is required. Applicant must be fluent in oral and written Spanish.

    For more information, please click here.