Staff Attorney - Unaccompanied Minors Program, Catholic Charities (New York)


The Unaccompanied Minors Program (UMP) at Catholic Charities Community Services protects the rights of young immigrants to make informed decisions about their lives. Annually, we help thousands of young immigrants facing family separation, government detention, and deportation. Outside the courtroom, UMP welcomes recently arrived young immigrants with educational and integration opportunities, including the country’s first medical-legal partnership for unaccompanied minors, a recreational soccer league, and partnerships with New York City museums, dance theaters, and other cultural institutions to introduce immigrant youth to the world of opportunities at their doorstep in their new home.

The UMP staff attorney works under the supervision of a Supervising Attorney and alongside a case manager and paralegal to provide legal services to young people who are, or have been, in federal custody under the Office of Refugee Resettlement. In addition to immigration legal services, the UMP staff attorney defends the rights of young people to family unity, safety and bodily integrity while in government custody, among other emergent legal needs of immigrant youth. The position includes extensive contact with youth, including youth who have suffered abuse, abandonment, neglect, or other trauma.


  • Provide direct representation to unaccompanied minors in immigration and family matters before immigration courts and agencies and state and federal courts.
  • Provide other legal services to children who are detained in Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters. Services include legal intake interviews, bond hearings for youth seeking less restrictive custody, federal litigation for separated youth seeking immediate family reunification, referrals to and collaboration with other legal service or litigation organizations as needed to protect the rights of youth in federal custody
  • Appear as friend-of-the-court and record counsel at regular detained dockets in immigration court to provide case updates for youth pending release from ORR custody
  • Maintain electronic and paper case files, monthly statistics and case reports, and other reporting to stakeholders
  • Train, mentor and manage legal interns, fellows and volunteers for work on individual cases, presentations, legal screenings, and related work


  • Juris Doctor.
  • Experience in family and/or immigration law, including clinical or pro bono experience, preferred
  • Admission to NY Bar; will consider law graduates and attorneys working towards admission to the NY Bar
  • Fluency in Spanish.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, maturity, and an ability to work both independently and in a highly collaborative team environment
  • Excellent organizational, project management and computer skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, particularly to children’s issues and/or immigration
  • Ability to travel throughout the five boroughs, the Archdiocese and Long Island

How to Apply:
To apply for this position, or for more information, applicants should submit a resume and cover letter highlighting relevant past experience and qualifications, and state their position of interest and desired compensation. Submissions without this information will not be considered.

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