The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) seeks an Immigrants’ Rights Attorney to carry out litigation, advocacy, outreach and public education to defend the rights of immigrant families and other vulnerable populations in New Mexico. This is a unique opportunity to fight back against the Trump administration’s inhumane policies and engage in some of the most important civil rights conflicts of our time. The Immigrant Rights Attorney is a strategic, self-motivated advocate with a passion for justice and equality. This position is based in Albuquerque.

The ACLU-NM is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Its staff and volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional atmosphere with offices in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. The ACLU-NM over 8,000 members across the state and an annual budget of $2.4 million. The ACLU works in the courts, legislature and in communities to defend and expand individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and civil rights laws. The ACLU legal team litigates a broad range of constitutional cases in federal and state courts including, but not limited to, free speech, freedom of religion, LGBT rights immigrants’ rights, prisoners’ rights, equal protection, Fourth Amendment guarantees, and privacy rights.

Position overview

Under the supervision of the Legal Director, the Immigrants’ Rights Attorney will litigate impact cases and carry out other legal advocacy to address civil rights abuses, with a particular emphasis on the rights of immigrants and the Muslim community.  

Primary responsibilities

  • Identify and develop new litigation and other advocacy projects by conducting factual, legal and strategic analysis and devising relevant theories and materials.
  • Litigate immigrants’ rights cases, including legal research, fact development, working with clients, drafting pleadings, briefs, and legal memoranda; engaging in discovery and motions practice; and conducting evidentiary hearings and oral arguments.
  • Work with colleagues in communications and policy departments to develop public education and other advocacy materials on immigrants’ rights.  
  • Articulate ACLU-NM views to a variety of audiences, through public speaking, traditional and social media, and other means.
  • Work with ACLU-NM lobbyists, national ACLU and partner organizations to advance the ACLU’s goals on immigration. Support legislative advocacy with legal and policy analysis.
  • Working with local and national immigrants’ rights organizations and activists to ensure that the ACLU-NM’s litigation and advocacy supports and aligns with their work.
  • Recruiting, organizing and collaborating with ACLU-NM volunteer attorneys who are interested in serving as co-counsel in civil rights litigation or advisors on an Immigrants’ Rights Legal Panel
  • Supervising immigrants’ rights support staff, legal fellow, volunteers, and law clerks.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Commit to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
  • Travel as required.


  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU.
  • J.D. degree and minimum of three years of litigation experience. 
  • A member of the New Mexico Bar (or willing to take the next bar examination).
  • Passionate commitment to and familiarity with immigrants’ rights, racial and social justice, and civil liberties issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding.
  • Fluency in Spanish (written and spoken). 
  • A demonstrated commitment to cultural and social humility. A commitment to diversity and a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion..
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Willingness to travel.


Competitive public interest legal salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation, medical and dental insurance, 401k plan, life and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid holidays.

To apply

Send a cover letter, with salary requirements, resume, and names and contact information of three professional references by email to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but preference will be given to applications received by August 16, 2019.

We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

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