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Brooklyn Defender Services--New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) Paralegal Position

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Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We represent nearly 35,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, primarily indigent criminal, family, and immigration defense. BDS represents clients who have diverse, complex and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and fast-paced setting.


Description of Job:


Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) seeks a full-time paralegal to work with our NYIFUP attorneys and other staff to challenge the deportation of our noncitizen clients and secure their release from detention and immigration benefits for which they are eligible. Since November 2013, BDS has served as assigned counsel under NYIFUP—a first-in-the-nation program that provides legal representation for indigent New Yorkers in detained removal proceedings at the Varick Street Immigration Court and in New Jersey. We seek a paralegal excited to work at the intersection of immigrant rights and criminal justice issues and reunite clients with their families and communities. Our NYIFUP Practice is currently comprised of a staff of 19 attorneys, 2 social workers, 6 paralegals, and an administrative assistant. All 7 of our support staff are proficient in Spanish.


Paralegal responsibilities will include:


  • Preparing immigration applications, affidavits and other supporting documents under attorney supervision;
  • Compiling, copying, and scanning complex evidence submissions for bond, relief from removal, and immigration benefits;
  • Conducting interviews with clients and their family to gather information, including to prepare draft declarations and letters of support under attorney supervision;
  • Retrieving records such as birth certificates, criminal histories, tax records, and medical records, including from abroad;
  • Organizing and maintaining files;
  • Maintaining information in our case management system;
  • Submitting filings with the New York City immigration courts and agencies;
  • Conducting country conditions and other factual research;
  • Providing additional support to NYIFUP attorneys as needed.


Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree required and prior paralegal or related experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and interest in immigrant rights/criminal justice or public interest legal work.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to compose, edit and proof correspondence and documents.
  • Must take initiative, be able to exercise sound judgment, be highly organized and detail-oriented, and possess strong time-management skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent use of software applications such as Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat.


How to Apply:


Applicants should email a cover letter, resume and two references to immigrationjobs@bds.org. Please clearly note language skills in your resume. Include "BDS NYIFUP Paralegal" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


Deadline (if applicable):

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. However, submission by July  12, 2019 is highly encouraged. 


Salary:


Salary will be commensurate with experience and within the parameters of BDS’s compensation scale.


BDS is an equal opportunity employer which supports a policy of non-discrimination in all employment practices including, but not limited to, hiring, transfer, promotions, training, compensation, benefits, lay-offs, and terminations.


Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We represent nearly 35,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, primarily indigent criminal, family, and…

Details at a glance

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

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency or high proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred.

Fluency or high proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred.

Location

177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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