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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  • Staff Attorney: Seattle

    NWIRP seeks a staff attorney who will work closely with the Legal Director managing NWIRP’s federal litigation caseload. The caseload focuses primarily on affirmative litigation in federal district court and work before the Court of Appeals. In addition, the staff attorney will be required to provide direct representation to individuals in removal proceedings and in other focus areas as needed. NWIRP’s federal litigation targets systemic change in priority areas. The attorney will work on tasks as assigned by the legal director in managing the casework, primarily in federal district court and the Court of Appeals. The attorney will be responsible for collaborating on a high-volume of work on several cases in federal court while maintaining an individual caseload before USCIS and EOIR. The attorney must be flexible in juggling litigation responsibilities with their direct representation caseload. Attorneys with prior relevant legal experience, specifically with regard to complex federal litigation and removal defense are strongly preferred, but all applicants with the qualifications listed below are welcome to apply.

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  • 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 to individuals in removal proceedings. The attorney will 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. Attorneys will be managing a high-volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law.

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  • Legal Advocate: Tacoma

    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 pro se and 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 services provided to individuals at the Northwest Detention Center. The advocate will also support pro bono referral efforts. This position will also include assisting in case preparation and evidence gathering for high-volume workloads.

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  • Legal Internship: Granger, Seattle, Tacoma, & Wenatchee

    The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is seeking law student applications for spring and summer internship positions in all four offices. These internships are unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.

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  • Undergraduate Internship: Tacoma

    The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project's Tacoma office provides legal services to nondetained immigrants in the South Sound region and immigrant detainees at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), which holds up to 1575 detainees, 90% of whom are unrepresented. Both the Tacoma office and the NWDC are a 45-minute commute from downtown Seattle.

    Interns will work under the supervision of attorneys and advocates at the Tacoma office. The majority of intern projects are completed in the office as our access in the detention center is limited. Intern responsibilities may include the following: translations; online country conditions research; contacting law enforcement agencies for records; creating information packets; logging detainee voicemails (must be fluent in Spanish); interpretation for detainees in person; clerical work (filing, data entry, etc.); court observation (attending hearings and taking notes for NWIRP); and assisting with application and declaration transcription.

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