Deputy Director, Immigration Intervention Project

  • Job posted by Sanctuary for Families

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


The Deputy Director supervises the representation of immigrant victims of gender-based violence before federal immigration agencies and federal courts, while also managing a direct representation caseload. In addition, through lecturing, teaching and publishing, the Deputy Director helps to educate the public, government, social service, legal, medical and law enforcement communities about issues relating to immigrant victims of domestic violence, sex trafficking and other forms of gender-based violence, and advocates for legislative and policy changes. Finally, as a Deputy Director, the attorney in this position contributes to overseeing the Immigration Intervention Project as a whole.

The Immigration Intervention Project operates from 5 locations in New York City; the Deputy Director will most likely work in the Manhattan office, although it may be possible to base the position in one of the NYC Family Justice Centers.

  • Represent survivors of gender-based violence and sex trafficking in their immigration cases before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), and appellate courts;
  • Supervise pro bono attorneys representing immigrant survivors in cases involving U visas, VAWA-based adjustment of status, asylum, SIJS, naturalization, and/or other forms of immigration status;
  • Mentor and help to supervise the attorneys and other staff members in the IIP with their representation of immigrant clients in that same range of cases;
  • Collaborate with Director of the Immigration Intervention Project to oversee the IIP as a whole and to coordinate with other programs at Sanctuary for Families;
  • Select cases for representation by pro bono counsel as well as IIP attorneys and BIA-accredited representatives, with a focus on U visas and other affirmative applications.
  • Serve as resident immigration law expert with respect to U visas and other affirmative applications.
  • Collaborate with Director to recruit, mentor, and train approximately 200 law students, volunteers, and pro bono attorneys per year.
  • Devise and implement specialized projects and campaigns to further Sanctuary's mission on behalf of immigrant victims of domestic violence, gender-based violence, and sex trafficking, including: advocate for legislative and policy changes at local, state, and national levels; build and manage broad-based coalitions; engage media; collaborate with national and international grass roots movements; prepare periodic reports for colleagues and funders.
  • Assist with the management of grants that fund the work of the IIP;
  • Represent Sanctuary for Families at community events, and on advocacy committees and task forces.
  • Provide legal technical assistance through local and national listservs for attorneys serving survivors of domestic violence and other immigrant communities.
  • Collaborate with district attorney's offices, other government agencies, community-based organizations and the medical community to improve systemic responses to the abuse of immigrant women;
  • Through lecturing, teaching and publishing, contribute to Sanctuary's efforts to educate the public, government, legal, medical, and social service communities about issues pertinent to immigrant women who have suffered violence; develop written materials and curriculum for such purposes.
  • Provide technical legal assistance to community-based and other social and legal services organizations.
  • Lobby city, state and federal bodies and agencies on practices, policies, and legislation concerning immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence.
  • Advise the Executive Director and the Organization about developments in law and policies affecting immigrant victims of domestic violence, sex trafficking and other forms of gender-based violence; make presentations to the Board, the Legal Advisory Committee, the Associates Committee and the Organization on immigration issues affecting Sanctuary clients.
  • Perform any other Department or agency-related duties or special projects as requested by the Director of the Immigration Intervention Project.

  • Admission to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction, preferably New York;
  • Seven to ten years of related legal experience;
  • Excellent writing, research and analytical skills;
  • Excellent judgment and common sense;
  • Excellent public speaking skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Excellent supervisory skills;
  • Experience working in the fields of domestic violence and immigration preferred;
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure;
  • Ability to work well with people of diverse educational, cultural and professional backgrounds;
  • Ability to inspire and motivate;
  • Demonstrated understanding of different national, cultural, and religious backgrounds;
  • Energetic and passionate about Sanctuary's mission of ending gender-based violence; and
  • Fluency in a community language other than English strongly preferred, especially French or Spanish.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


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