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Immigration Staff Attorney - Legal and Support Service, Make the Road New York

 

Make the Road New York (MRNY) is a multi-service organization that builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. MRNY member-led organizing committees-- which work on the issues named above -- implement strategies to combat shared problems, and develop leadership and the capacity for civic participation. We also provide an array of high-quality bilingual services: We offer  English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Spanish-language literacy, computer literacy, citizenship preparation, and in-school and after-school youth programs. We have a robust legal program that offers direct representation across a spectrum of practice areas, including employment law, immigration law, housing and benefits, and TGNCIQ civil rights; we also take on impact litigation as a strategy for achieving broad change. MRNY health program offers facilitated enrollment into health insurance programs and SNAP benefits, a community health worker home visit program, nutrition education and emergency food pantries, health care navigation, and more.

The Department of Legal and Support Services at MRNY works to strengthen the organization’s organizing work by (1) helping to envision and implement leverage strategies (including strategic litigation) that help win organizing campaigns; (2) providing technical legal support for policy work; and (3) providing legal and support services to high-need immigrant communities and help meet the immediate needs of MRNY’s members. The
Department currently employs approximately 45 attorneys, advocates and case managers. The legal team is integrated into all aspects of the organization’s work.

Position:
LSS is hiring an Immigration Staff Attorney to join their dynamic immigration team. The attorney in this position will help supervise a team of navigators (paralegals) under MRNY's Action NYC program.  Through Action NYC, MRNY provides comprehensive immigration screenings and represents a high volume of clients who are eligible for immigration relief. The attorney will also have the opportunity to work on individual cases, participate in impact litigation projects, as well as support MRNY’s community organizing and policy goals identified by members.  This position will be based
out of the Jackson Heights office.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervision of 2 DOJ accredited representatives/paralegals Including supervision of comprehensive intakes, representation on affirmative applications including naturalization, DACA renewals, family-based petitions
  • Engaging in programmatic oversight of ANYC
  • Providing individualized assistance to clients currently in removal proceedings or eligible for immigration relief, in a broad range of categories including SIJS, Asylum, U/T visas, and cancellation of removal including representing individuals in immigration, family and federal district court
  • Providing individualized advocacy and assistance to immigrants with complex cases due to criminal records and other issues
  • Participating in strategic litigation, including federal court litigation
  • Assisting with know-your-rights and other informational workshops to educate immigrant communities about immigration issues affecting their lives
  • Supporting MRNY members and organizing campaigns through strategic litigation, legislative advocacy, research and action support
  • Participating in team and department meetings and assisting with grant reporting


Qualifications:

  • Admission (or eligibility for admission) to practice law in New York State or the possibility of waiving into the state
  • At least two to four years of practical, direct experience practicing immigration law, or similar cumulative experience. Experience representing immigrants in filing affirmative applications a plus
  • Experience working with populations that make up major portions of Make the Road’s membership – such as documented and undocumented immigrants, individuals facing domestic violence, members of LGBTQ communities, and youth.
  • Experience in and interest with work supporting community organizing campaigns, and policy and advocacy initiatives
  • Spanish language fluency
  • Interpersonal and organizational skills of the highest caliber
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high intensity environment
  • Commitment to social justice issues, and in particular a commitment to assisting low-income immigrants navigate the complex immigration system
  • Impeccable attention to detail, excellent writing skills
  • Thrive on working in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment


How to Apply:
Forward a cover letter, resume, and writing sample by email to Amy Taylor,
Co- Legal Director, at legalimmigrationjobs@maketheroadny.org. Applications
will be considered on a rolling basis.