Summary: The Unaccompanied Minors Program protects the rights of young immigrants to make informed decisions about their lives. Annually, we defend and counsel thousands of young people facing family separation, government detention, and deportation. Outside the courtroom, we provide educational and integration opportunities for immigrant youth, including the country’s first medical-legal partnership for unaccompanied minors, a recreational soccer league, and partnerships with New York City museums, dance theaters, and other cultural institutions to introduce immigrant youth to the world of opportunities at their doorstep in their new home.
The staff attorney provides legal services to young people who are, or have been, in federal custody under the Office of Refugee Resettlement and are currently in removal proceedings. In addition to removal defense, the staff attorney defends the rights of young people to family unity, safety, and bodily integrity while in government custody. The position includes extensive contact with youth, including youth who have suffered abuse, abandonment, neglect, or other trauma.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
1. Provide direct representation on immigration and family matters to unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings, involving appearances before immigration courts and agencies and state and federal courts.
2. Provide other legal services to children who are detained in Office of Refugee Resettlement custody. Services may include legal intake interviews, friend of court appearances at immigration court, bond hearings for youth seeking less restrictive custody, federal litigation for separated youth seeking immediate family reunification, and collaboration with legal service or litigation partners as needed to protect the rights of youth in federal custody.
1. JD and admission to the New York Bar; will consider law graduates working toward admission to the NY Bar.
2. Experience in family, immigration, and civil rights law, including clinical or pro bono experience, preferred.
Summary: The Unaccompanied Minors Program protects the rights of young immigrants to make informed decisions about their lives. Annually, we defend and counsel thousands of young people facing family separation, government detention…
Benefits include, but are not limited to, paid parental leave, health, dental, and life insurance, retirement savings and pension plans, up to 6 weeks’ time off for vacation and holidays, additional paid time off for sick and personal days, and dedicated funds for professional development, including out-of-state conferences.
Benefits include, but are not limited to, paid parental leave, health, dental, and life insurance, retirement savings and pension plans, up to 6 weeks’ time off for vacation and holidays…
Fluency in Spanish preferred.
Fluency in Spanish preferred.