The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons around the world. IRAP operates offices in New York, Jordan, and Lebanon.
IRAP is seeking a Legal Assistant to support the work of our Legal and Litigation Departments in our New York office. The position reports to a supervising attorney in the Legal Department.
Legal Department: IRAP’s Legal Department represents refugees and other displaced persons through our model of a “virtual public interest law firm.” We have 29 law school chapters where we train and organize the next generation of international human rights advocates, and we partner with pro bono attorneys at over 100 international law firms and multinational corporations. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries.
Litigation Department: IRAP’s Litigation Department brings cases that advance and defend the rights of refugees and other displaced persons. We seek accountability and transparency in government actions. We aim to transform the U.S. and international legal landscapes so that refugees and other displaced persons can find safe passage and realize their aspirations. We are an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and we work closely with our clients, colleagues, and community organizations.
This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in refugee, human rights, and immigration/international law to be part of a growing agency that makes an impact on the lives of refugees.
- Provide administrative support to IRAP attorneys for their direct services and litigation case work, including fact-checking, proofreading, redacting, note-taking, filing, mailing, formatting, gathering and organizing documents, and organizing meetings. Occasionally provide administrative support to other IRAP departments.
- Coordinate administrative and logistical support for IRAP’s work with law school chapters, law firms, interpreters, and volunteers.
- Coordinate administrative and logistical support for IRAP’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) work.
- Enter, maintain, and organize data.
- Review and analyze documentation relating to legal and litigation matters.
- Conduct factual research and client intakes as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree required.
- Motivated to provide administrative support in a dynamic work environment.
- Ability to manage and prioritize a diverse workload with flexibility and strong time management skills.
- Strong organizational skills, analytical skills, and attention to detail.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
- Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations.
- Familiarity with and orientation towards technology systems, including Microsoft, Adobe, and Google Suite.
- English required; other languages a plus.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
We will begin reviewing applications on November 2 and will continue reviewing applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references using the application form available here.
IRAP encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.