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THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE OF HARLEM (NDS) is a community-based, client-centered, holistic public defense office serving the residents of Northern Manhattan. NDS clients are represented by multidisciplinary teams providing criminal, civil, immigration and family representation.

OVERVIEW:

The Immigration Defense Team works as part of NDS’s Civil Defense Practice to minimize the immigration consequences of contact with the criminal justice and child welfare systems and assist Northern Manhattan residents in accessing immigration relief. The practice provides removal defense, as well as assistance in submitting affirmative applications. The Legal Advocate will support the work of the practice through conducting community intake, screening clients for relief eligibility, filing and supporting clients with affirmative applications, assisting attorneys with clients in removal proceedings, and other duties as necessary to provide holistic immigration services to NDS’s clients.

RESPONSIBLITIES:

1.     Embrace NDS’ philosophy of client-centered, community-based, holistic representation and commitment to excellence;

2.     Conduct intake with clients seeking immigration assistance;

3.     Screen clients for eligibility for immigration benefits and relief;

4.     Work with clients to obtain immigration benefits such as adjustment of status, asylum, naturalization, work authorization, green card renewals, and more;

5.     Represent clients in interviews before USCIS; and

6.     Support the practice’s removal defense docket.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

1.     Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Full or partial BIA accreditation strongly preferred.

2.     Demonstrated commitment to social justice.

  1. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  2. Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to manage a diverse caseload.
  3. Must be able to travel throughout New York City.
  4. Must be able to work cooperatively with attorneys and other NDS advocates and problem solve independently.
  5. Fluency in Spanish.

Please note that NDS’s office is currently operating remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon reopening, the Legal Advocate position will be an in-person position based in NDS’s Harlem office.

The Neighborhood Defender Service is committed to creating a diverse environment that reflects the community we serve. NDS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. NDS encourages people with incarcerated loved ones, formerly incarcerated people, people of color, women, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid people to apply. 


THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE OF HARLEM (NDS) is a community-based, client-centered, holistic public defense office serving the residents of Northern Manhattan. NDS clients are represented by multidisciplinary teams providing…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    December 6, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    November 30, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Salary

Commensurate with experience and is in adherence to the NDS compensation scale. The salary, benefits, and employment policies relevant to this position are governed by the CBA between NDS and the NDS Union, part of ALAA UAW 2325.

Benefits

Full medical and dental benefits, as well as other benefits, are provided. The salary, benefits, and employment policies relevant to this position are governed by the CBA between NDS and the NDS Union, part of ALAA UAW 2325.


Full medical and dental benefits, as well as other benefits, are provided. The salary, benefits, and employment policies relevant to this position are governed by the CBA between NDS…

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish proficiency strongly desired.

Spanish proficiency strongly desired.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
317 Lenox Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10027, United States

How to Apply

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume as one PDF with the subject line, “Staff Attorney, Immigration Defense Team” to: eponder@ndsny.org.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume as one PDF with the subject line, “Staff Attorney, Immigration Defense Team” to: eponder@ndsny.org.

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