Project Assistant, Immigration Intervention Project
- Job posted by Sanctuary for Families
Sanctuary for Families is New York's leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. Every year, Sanctuary empowers thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services. We provide a range of wrap-around services to help survivors rebuild their lives in the aftermath of abuse, and work to end gender violence through three key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy. Our services are available in 11 locations throughout New York City.
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 Project Assistant is a key, full-time position within Sanctuary's Immigration Intervention Project. The Project Assistant will be responsible for providing consultations and application assistance to immigrant survivors of gender violence in New York City. The Project Assistant will work directly with the staff attorney covered under the same grant. Other responsibilities include collaborating with other agencies, including those at the New York City Family Justice Centers, to best assist and empower immigrant abuse survivors and to advocate on their behalf with systems affecting their lives. The IIP operates from 5 different locations in New York City; this Project Assistant works out of the Manhattan office.
- Conduct screening interviews with immigrant survivors of gender violence to assess eligibility for immigration status under United States immigration law;
- Accept referrals of potential clients from the New York State Crime Victims Legal Network (CVLN) and screen their cases for eligibility for immigration benefits;
- 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;
- Work with the attorneys who are funded under the same grant to prepare and file immigration applications on behalf of clients;
- Support the work of attorneys funded under the same grant on behalf of clients in family and criminal court proceedings;
- 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 domestic violence and gender violence to appropriate legal and social services within and outside of Sanctuary for Families;
- Initiate, coordinate, and organize outreach and trainings with social service agencies;
- 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 a relevant community language (e.g. French, Spanish, Urdu, Bengali, Arabic)
- Paralegal or administrative experience preferred;
- Experience working with immigrant survivors of gender violence 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 violence;
- Deep understanding of and ability to work well with people of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
- Accreditation with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), or willingness to seek such accreditation within 6 months of hire.
Please note that those who are seriously considering law school are particularly encouraged to apply.
Minimum Education Required