Details: This is a temporary position, paid $27/hour. A commitment of 15-20 hours per week is desired.
Immigration Equality is the country’s largest legal services and advocacy organization for LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants. Through direct representation, impact litigation, policy advocacy, community engagement, and thought leadership, we support intersectional communities striving for safety, fair treatment, and freedom. One of the services we provide, is our international help hotline. Though inquiries to the hotline come through many different means of communication, we respond to almost all of the inquiries through email. Where necessary, we respond through regular mail or by phone.
After the inauguration of President Donald Trump, and subsequent changes in immigration law and policy, Immigration Equality has received a great number of requests for assistance and advice from the LGBTQ and HIV-positive community. Now, we seek a talented, culturally competent attorney to respond to inquiries made by LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants from around the world. While we have abundant materials to share with a new hire, some knowledge of immigration law is required. This position has flexible hours and may be completed in our offices in New York or remotely depending upon experience (see below). This is a temporary position, paid by the hour. A commitment of 15-20 hours per week is desired.
This position is a great way to make a big difference in the lives of hundreds of individuals, even with a modest time commitment. Most of our inquiries are in English, Spanish, and Russian.
- Respond to requests for advice and assistance for immigrants in the U.S., and refugees abroad;
- Research discrete areas of immigration law based on the inquiries received;
- Identify potential Immigration Equality legal services clients based on our intake criteria;
- Identify potential plaintiffs for impact litigation based on Immigration Equality’s litigation strategy;
- Provide referrals to private counsel for individuals who can afford an attorney;
- Provide referrals to nearby non-profits for indigent individuals who do not meet Immigration Equality’s intake criteria;
- Identify patterns of inquiries to inform Immigration Equality’s law and policy practice
Minimum Required Qualifications
- J.D. and license to practice law in any state or district of the U.S.
- If working on-site, minimum 1 year of relevant experience as a practicing immigration attorney post-graduation
- If working off-site, minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience as a practicing immigration attorney post-graduation
- Required fluency in English
- Required fluency in Spanish or Russian
- Remarkable attention to detail
- Ability to work independently
- Demonstrated commitment to, and experience working with, the LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrant community
- Experience and interest in work supporting community organizing, campaigns, and policy and advocacy initiatives
- French language skills
Level of Language Proficiency
- Required fluency in English
- Required fluency in Spanish and/or Russian
- French language skills preferred
Minimum Education Required