Paralegal / Administrative Assistant Position – Buffalo, New York

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



New York
United States


Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is seeking the immediate hire of a Spanish-speaking Paralegal / Administrative Assistant for our Immigration Unit office in Buffalo, NY. The Paralegal / Administrative Assistant will provide support to the Immigration Unit’s team of immigration attorneys, who provide free legal representation to non-citizens in removal proceedings in Immigration Court.


PLS is a non-profit legal services organization providing civil legal services to indigent inmates in New York State correctional facilities in cases where no other counsel is available. Founded in 1976, PLS has regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh.

As part of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), PLS also provides free legal representation to all non-citizens incarcerated in New York State prison facing immigration removal proceedings under the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP), in addition to non-citizens in immigration detention at the Albany County Jail in Albany, NY, the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, NY, and Clinton County Jail in Plattsburgh, NY.

Under NYIFUP, PLS represents non-citizens in the Bedford Hills, Downstate, and Ulster Immigration Courts, which are located inside New York State correctional facilities in upstate New York; in the Batavia Immigration Court in Batavia, NY; on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals; and on petition for review before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Job Description:

The ideal candidate should have a minimum of two years’ combined experience in the paralegal and administrative / secretarial fields and must be fluent in Spanish.  The position requires an individual who can perform legal secretarial, administrative and paralegal duties, and who has extremely strong research and writing skills. The applicant should be detail-oriented, organized, a team player, and passionate about immigration. This position calls for flexibility, excellent interpersonal skills, project coordination experience, and the ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as with clients, agencies and vendors.  


Salary will be commensurate with experience. PLS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan.

Level of Language Proficiency

Must be fluent in Spanish

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and at least three (3) references by mail or email to: Patricia Kane, Prisoners’ Legal Services of NY, 41 State St., Suite M112, Albany, NY 12207 or to Include “PLS Paralegal / Administrative Assistant – Buffalo” in the subject line. Please note all language skills and level of proficiency in your application. No phone calls please.