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The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights


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The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for two Case Support Specialists in the Young Center’s New York City regional office. The Case Support Specialists will join the Young Center’s Immigrant Child and Family Rights Project working on cases involving the separation of immigrant children from their parents by U.S. immigration authorities and cases where unaccompanied children arrive to the United States on their own.

The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country serving as Child Advocate for detained, unaccompanied children pursuant to the TVPRA. In the last year, we have been appointed to an increasing number of children who arrived at the U.S. border with their parents but who were separated by immigration authorities. The Immigrant Child and Family Rights Project was created to respond to these cases, and other cases where children face separation from family.

The Case Support Specialist will be responsible for administrative support related to cases where the Young Center is appointed as Child Advocate for separated and unaccompanied children. The Case Support Specialist will review and gather information for all referrals sent to an office for the appointment of a Child Advocate. Once the Young Center is appointed to a case, the Case Support Specialist will be responsible for locating children’s family members; identifying government officials working on the cases; and facilitating regular communication between the child and family member and between the Young Center and government officials. When children are to be released from custody or repatriated to their countries of origin, the Case Support Specialist will coordinate with the child, the family, and government and consular officials to ensure everyone has the information necessary to ensure the child’s safety post-release. The Case Support Specialist will also assist with gathering and reporting data on our work on these cases; help to submit recommendations for immigration court or other agencies; and assist with other administrative casework.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The Case Support Specialist’s primary responsibilities will be:

  • Review all referrals for appointment of Child Advocate (from government officials, attorneys, others) and gather any missing information
  • Identify and locate child’s parents or other family members in the United States or in home country
  • Develop contact information for all government stakeholders in a case (for example, a parent’s deportation officer, a child’s case manager) and compile the information in the child’s file
  • Schedule and facilitate communication between children and parents and between Young Center advocates, children and stakeholders
  • Review documentation from child’s case, including the ORR case file to identify and flag documents for review by supervising staff; gather missing documentation relevant to child’s case
  • Identify mental health experts and other professionals whose expertise may be necessary in advocating for the child’s best interests and arrange logistics for meetings, consultations or evaluations
  • Identify potential services for the child upon reunification or release from custody, in coordination with supervising staff
  • Identify potential services in child’s country of origin for the child upon repatriation, in coordination with supervising staff
  • Enter information into the Young Center case management system
  • Routinely check information on government hotline and update case management spreadsheet
  • Prepare Young Center recommendations for electronic or in-person filing with government officials and immigration courts
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Associates degree, BA, or at least 4 years work/volunteer experience
  • Fluency in Spanish


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working with children or families, or in support of immigrant communities
  • Tenacity in pursuing information and following up when requests are unanswered
  • Oral communication that conveys professionalism, expertise and empathy
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and documentation skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and to balance multiple time-sensitive tasks
  • Passion and optimism for the issues affecting immigrant children and their families


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Physical demands include regular attendance; keyboarding; sitting for long periods (at least 5 hours a day); driving. Ability to use computer, telephone, and copy machine. Ability to travel by plane, car and other conveyances within U.S.


The Young Center is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. Young Center 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, or veterans’ status. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.


The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for two Case Support Specialists in the Young Center’s New York City regional office. The Case Support Specialists will join the Young Center’s Immigrant Child and…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 2-Year Degree Required

Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. The Young Center provides excellent benefits including health/dental/vision insurance (employee & dependents) at no cost to the employee, paid vacation and sick time, and a 401(k) plan.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The Young Center provides excellent benefits including health/dental/vision insurance (employee & dependents) at no cost to the…

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish

Fluency in Spanish

How to Apply

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please apply through our website at theyoungcenter.org/careers, including a cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. For inquiries regarding the status of your application, please write to jobs@theyoungcenter.org; no information will be provided by phone. For more information about the Young Center, visit us at theyoungcenter.org.


Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please apply through our website at theyoungcenter.org/careers, including a cover letter…

Location

New York, NY

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