Paralegal, Immigration Protection Unit

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.

Published

11/08/2018

Address

7 Hanover Square
18th Floor
New York
NY
10004
United States

Description

About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The organization serves immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence victims, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBTQ community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need. The organization’s annual operating budget is over $30 million. Serving more than 87,000 New Yorkers annually, New York Legal Assistance Group maintains a paid staff of approximately 290, supported by 2,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers and interns. For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nylag.org.

 

Mission

The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education.


Values that guide us

·        We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services. 

·        We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.

·        We address our clients’ multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas.

·        We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers’ most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships.

·        We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.

·        We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs.

·        We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.

·        We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.

·        We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.

 

Job Description

The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) seeks a highly motivated bilingual Spanish speaking paralegal for a full-time position representing immigrants in applications for relief. Applications include, but are not limited to: I-485 adjustment of status cases, I-130 Family based petitions, asylee and refugee adjustments, TPS applications, N400 applications for naturalization, N600 applications for citizenship, and U Visa applications. The paralegal will also work in a supportive role assisting attorneys in representing immigrants in removal proceedings before the Immigration Courts.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with immigrants in affirmative applications submitted to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Screen clients for eligibility for immigration relief
  • Assist attorneys with immigration applications.
  • Interview clients and witnesses, as appropriate, and assist in preparing forms, affidavits, and other supporting documents to be submitted in proceedings before the Immigration Court.
  • Conduct client consultations and track client cases, progress of applications, and follow up.
  • Represent NYLAG at community events.
  • Coordinate outreach to community organizations and provide group presentations to advise potential clients of their legal rights and entitlements.


Qualifications

·        Bachelor’s Degree required.

·        One to three years of relevant experience working on immigration matters is preferred.

·        Demonstrated commitment to public interest and social justice.

·        Experience working with survivors of trauma.

  • Excellent judgment and attention to detail.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure.

·        Former DOJ-accreditation or willingness to seek accreditation within 6 months of hire.

·        Fluency in Spanish is required.


NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.



Benefits

Excellent benefits.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree


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