Case Manager, Immigration Intervention Project (OVS)
- Job posted by Sanctuary for Families
Established in 1989, Sanctuary's Legal Center is the largest non-profit provider of legal services to survivors of domestic violence in the U.S. Our attorneys are nationally recognized experts in the full range of cases relevant to the individuals we serve, including immigration, asylum, family reunification, trafficking, and other aspects of human rights law.
The Immigration Intervention Project (IIP) is the nation's largest immigration legal service program exclusively dedicated to survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. IIP represents clients in the full spectrum of immigration remedies available, including removal defense, petitions for U and T status, Violence Against Women Act self-petitions, battered spouse waiver applications, petitions for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases, and applications for asylum, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), employment authorization, green cards, and naturalization. IIP is committed to providing the highest quality legal representation to achieve positive outcomes among some of the City's most vulnerable abuse survivors.
The Case Manager is a key, full-time position within Sanctuary's Immigration Intervention Project. The Case Manager will be responsible for supporting the legal representation of immigrant survivors of gender violence in New York City by providing clients with a wide range of urgently needed social, case management, and advocacy services to enhance client safety and overall wellbeing. The Case Manager will work directly with the others covered under the same funding agreement; the caseload may vary and is determined, in part, by the terms of the funding agreement that covers the positions. The IIP operates from 5 locations in New York City; this Case Manager works out of the Manhattan office.
- Coordinates the provision of case management services to immigrant clients to enhance their safety and overall wellbeing with a specific focus on housing, public benefits, and self-sufficiency;
- Work with the attorneys and others who are funded under the same grant to interview clients and gather data in support of their immigration applications;
- Accept referrals of potential clients from the New York State Crime Victims Legal Network (CVLN), screen their cases for eligibility for immigration benefits, and provide limited scope or full legal representation, as appropriate;
- Communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with the CVLN to ensure victims are receiving the most comprehensive response. Within the first year of their hiring, complete 15 hours of training on holistic Victim Law, including the neuroscience of trauma and its implications for legal representation of crime victims;
- Conduct screening interviews with immigrant survivors of gender violence to help assess eligibility for immigration status under United States immigration law;
- Provide assistance with OVS victim compensation applications, information and referrals, personal advocacy and accompaniment, emotional support and safety services, and criminal/civil justice system assistance;
- Prepare requests for educational and financial assistance grants for clients;
- Refer survivors of gender violence to appropriate legal and social services within and outside of Sanctuary for Families;
- Maintain accurate and updated records of current and potential clients in the agency's electronic database;
- Attend CVLN meetings and collect, maintain, and report data and statistics, as needed, to CVLN administrators;
- Perform administrative support services;
- Perform other project duties or special projects as directed by Director.
- Bachelor's degree required;
- Fluency in English and Spanish required; fluency in an additional relevant community language (e.g. French, Spanish, Urdu, Bengali, Arabic) preferred.
- Paralegal or administrative experience preferred;
- Experience working with immigrant survivors of gender based violence and/or human trafficking preferred;
- Excellent judgment and attention to detail;
- Strong writing and analytical skills;
- Strong communication skills;
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Ability to work independently and under pressure;
- Energetic and passionate about Sanctuary's mission of ending gender based violence and human trafficking;
- Deep understanding of and ability to work well with people of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Minimum Education Required