Staff Attorney, 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.
Sanctuary currently has openings for two (2) Staff Attorneys within our Immigration Intervention Project. The Staff Attorney under the Office of Victims Services (OVS) grant is a key, full-time position within Sanctuary for Families' Immigration Intervention Project (IIP), a legal services project that represents thousands of survivors of domestic violence, other forms of gender based violence, and human trafficking in a broad range of immigration matters. IIP represents clients in affirmative cases and in removal proceedings with claims for a full spectrum of immigration remedies, including U and T status, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions, battered spouse waivers, petitions for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), asylum applications, DACA, adjustment of status, and naturalization. IIP is committed to providing the highest quality legal representation to achieve positive outcomes for some of the City's most vulnerable abuse survivors.
The Staff Attorney provides consultations and application assistance to immigrant victims of gender based violence in New York City. Other responsibilities include conducting community outreach and education, and collaborating with other agencies, including those at the New York City Family Justice Centers, to best assist and empower immigrant survivors of domestic violence, other forms of gender based violence and human trafficking. The IIP operates from 5 different locations in New York City; this Staff Attorney works out of the Manhattan office.
- Represent immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, including by preparing and filing applications for U visas, VAWA-based adjustment of status, asylum, SIJS, naturalization, and/or other forms of immigration status;
- 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.
- Collaborate with district attorney's offices, other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and community based organizations to improve responses to immigrant victims of gender based violence and human trafficking, and educate and provide technical assistance on issues relating to immigrant clients.
- Refer victims of domestic violence and gender based violence to appropriate legal and social services within and outside of Sanctuary for Families;
- Maintain accurate records in electronic database of current and potential clients;
- Attend CVLN meetings and collect, maintain, and report data and statistics, as needed, to CVLN administrators;
- Perform other duties as directed by Director.
- Admitted to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction, preferably New York State
- Minimum of two years of experience in immigration law;
- Fluency in English and a relevant community language (e.g. French, Spanish, Mandarin, Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, Russian)
- Experience working with immigrant survivors of gender based violence and/or human trafficking;
- 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