Staff Attorney, Immigrant Protection Unit - Unaccompanied Youth
- Job posted by New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.
7 Hanover Square
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 75,000 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.
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.
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) seeks a highly motivated bilingual Spanish speaking attorney for a full-time position representing immigrant children and young adults who are in removal proceedings.
The staff attorney will provide advice and representation to low-income clients under the age of 21. The staff attorney will represent clients in all stages of their immigration cases, including defense from removal, applications for asylum before USCIS and the Immigration Courts, applications for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U and T Visas, and other applications as appropriate. This will include representation before the New York Family Courts and the New York Immigration Court.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Advise and represent immigrant children, young adults and their families in Family Court and Immigration Court.
- Conduct client intake for assessments of clients’ cases.
- Interview clients and witnesses, as appropriate, in preparation for litigation and/or court proceedings.
- Prepare legal documents such as petitions, motions, and applications for relief.
- Conduct client consultations and track client cases, progress of applications, and follow up.
- Research and analyze law sources such as statutes, legal articles, and legal codes
- Represent NYLAG at community events.
- Coordinate outreach to community organizations and provide group presentations to advise potential clients of their legal rights and entitlements.
- Admission to the New York State Bar required.
- One to three years of relevant experience in immigration law and guardianship and/or custody proceedings.
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and social justice.
- Excellent legal research and writing skills.
- Experience working with youth.
- Experience working with survivors of trauma.
- 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.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency in Spanish is required.
Minimum Education Required