Immigration Civil Legal Advocate Supervisor

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:



360 East 161st Street
New York
United States



The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an energetic advocate with a commitment to social justice to fill a position as Civil Legal Advocate Supervisor in our Immigration Practice.

Since opening our doors in 1997, The Bronx Defenders has served over 300,000 clients in Bronx County. The Bronx Defenders pioneered a model of legal representation called holistic defense, designed to fight both the causes and consequences of court-involvement. Our staff of over 280 lawyers and advocates work on interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal defense, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, all of whom work to provide holistic legal and social service advocacy to our clients. The Bronx Defenders also houses a community organizing and an impact litigation team, serving as a community resource and force for systemic change. We engage with clients, community residents, and policymakers as we seek ways to better serve the Bronx community and enhance access to justice for all.

The Bronx Defenders pioneered the model of integrated criminal defense and immigration representation over fifteen years ago. Immigration attorneys work closely with clients and their advocates throughout the pendency of their cases in both Criminal and Family Court to avoid or mitigate negative immigration consequences. Additionally, immigration attorneys at The Bronx Defenders represent clients in deportation proceedings in both detained and non-detained settings, provide affirmative immigration services, and pursue community-based systemic reform litigation and advocacy aimed at reforming unforgiving federal immigration laws. Since November 2013, our immigration attorneys have also served as assigned counsel at the Varick Street Immigration Court under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, the first-ever universal representation project in immigration court. Our Immigration Practice consists of 28 attorneys (including the managing director and 4 supervisors), 2 social workers and 3 legal advocates.


The Bronx Defenders seeks a passionate advocate possessing strong advocacy skills and a commitment to social justice to fill the role of Immigration Civil Legal Advocate (ICLA) Supervisor. This person will supervise the Immigration Civil Legal Advocates who work with detained and non-detained clients who are in removal proceedings in New York City as part of an interdisciplinary team of Immigration Attorneys and Social Workers. The ICLA Supervisor will report to the Managing Director of the Immigration Practice.

The ICLA Supervisor will:

  • Serve as an ICLA with fewer referring attorneys than ICLAs in non-supervisory roles, performing tasks including but not limited to: providing assistance to the immigration attorneys in the preparation of applications for relief from removal, completing application forms, gathering supporting documents, assisting family members in preparing written declarations to the Court, gathering medical, tax, educational, employment, and other relevant records, gathering and analyzing country conditions materials, communicating with family members, and preparing filings for Court 
  • Onboard and train new ICLA hires
  • Provide substantive supervision to the other ICLAs in the practice
  • Work with the Managing Director and practice supervisors to develop best practices with respect to ICLA/attorney collaboration and ensure that they are met
  • Represent the ICLA interests in the regular meetings of the leadership team


Applicants must have:

  • Spanish fluency or high proficiency, as the job requires extensive legal counseling and representation in the Spanish language
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least two years of experience providing direct client services, ideally in a immigration-related in a legal context
  • Excellent organizational and verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with individuals from diverse backgrounds and in crisis circumstances
  • Ability to work resourcefully and independently with limited supervision
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated commitment to defending indigent immigrant populations charged with criminal offenses
  • A valid driver’s license, as some clients are detained in facilities a short drive from New York City (a car is provided)

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted through April 20, 2018. To apply, please visit our career portal at the link above, select the position of interest, click APPLY TO THIS JOB ONLINE and upload your resume and cover letter in one document when prompted. Applications without cover letters will NOT be considered. The start date for this position is immediate or as soon as possible.

Please contact Sarah Deri Oshiro, Managing Director, Immigration Practice, via email at with any questions regarding the position.

The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations, and communities to apply.