Immigration Attorney, Make the Road New York

 

Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of immigrant and
working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through
organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival
services. Make the Road New York operates community centers in Bushwick,
Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island; Brentwood,
Long Island and White Plains, Westchester County. With a membership of
23,000, MRNY tackles the critical issues facing our communities, including
workplace justice, tenants’ rights, immigrant rights and civil rights,
TGNCIQ justice, public education, health care access, and immigration
reform. (TGNCIQ = transgender, gender non-conforming, intersex and queer)

MRNY is a multi-service organization.  Our 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. Our 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.

Position:
The Department of Legal and Support Services at MRNY is hiring an immigration attorney to join our dynamic immigration team and work on a broad range of individual cases as well as providing support to our paralegal team and our community organizing work. Our Long Island office in Brentwood, Suffolk County New York, is located at the epicenter of some of the most egregious attacks on immigrant communities in the United States right now. Suffolk County immigrant communities are witnessing ever-increasing ICE enforcement, collaboration with local law enforcement, and overarching criminalization of their communities. To fight back, a strong and strategic response is needed that brings together MRNY’s dynamic community organizing work and powerful legal strategies.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide 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
  • Supervising two paralegal/BIA accredited representatives
  • 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
  • Minimum of two years of practical, direct experience practicing
    immigration law, or similar cumulative experience. Opportunities for
    seniority and leadership increase/ are commensurate with experience and
    more experienced applicants are encouraged to apply
  • Spanish language fluency
  • Interpersonal and organizational skills of the highest caliber
  • 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
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high intensity environment
  • Demonstrated a 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


Benefits:
Starting salary is based on a newly implemented step scale based on years
of experience. Generous package of vacation, personal and sick days.
Excellent health and dental coverage and family leave policies.

How to Apply:
To apply for this position, forward a cover letter, resume, and writing sample by email to Amy Taylor, Co-Legal Director, at legalimmigrationjobs@maketheroadny.org.