Senior Staff Attorney, Immigration Intervention Project, Brooklyn Family Justice Center
- Job posted by Sanctuary for Families
The Senior Staff Attorney at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center is a key position within Sanctuary for Families' Immigration Intervention Project, 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. The Senior Staff Attorney provides direct legal representation to immigrant clients, while mentoring and supervising volunteer and pro bono attorneys, law students, and legal interns.
Other important responsibilities include conducting community outreach and education in Brooklyn, screening walk-in clients at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center, collaborating with other agencies represented there to assist immigrant survivors, and advocating for improvements in systems affecting their lives. The IIP operates from 5 different locations in New York City; this Senior Staff Attorney works out of the NYC Family Justice Center located in Brooklyn.
- 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 a wide range of cases filed with USCIS, EOIR, and appellate courts;
- Coordinate with partner agencies at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center and serve as an immigration law resource there;
- Screen potential clients for eligibility for immigration relief and legal representation through Sanctuary for Families;
- Represent Sanctuary for Families at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center and at community events, on advocacy committees, and on task forces.
- Collaborate with district attorney's offices, other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, health care providers, and community-based organizations to improve responses to immigrant survivors, and to educate and provide technical assistance on issues relating to immigrant clients.
- Contribute to Sanctuary's efforts to educate the public, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, social service agencies, community-based organizations, and elected officials about issues related to immigrant survivors; develop written materials and curriculum for such purposes.
- Perform any other Department or agency-related duties or special projects as assigned by the Legal Center Director and Deputy Director and the Director of the Immigration Intervention Project.
- Admission to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction, preferably New York;
- Minimum 5 years of experience representing clients in the U.S. immigration system;
- Experience working in the field, preferably in a non-profit setting, to assist survivors of domestic violence, other forms of gender-based violence, and/or human trafficking;
- Bilingual English and Spanish required; fluency in additional languages preferred;
- Excellent judgment;
- Strong writing, research, and analytical skills;
- Strong communications and leadership skills;
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Ability to work independently and under pressure;
- Ability to motivate, inspire, and manage staff;
- Energetic and passionate about Sanctuary's mission of ending gender-based violence;
- Ability to work well with people of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations and diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Minimum Education Required