Immigration Staff Attorney - New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, The Bronx Defenders


The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, community-oriented indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks to fill multiple NYIFUP attorney positions to join our vibrant Immigration Practice.

The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal system, and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of over 350 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have pioneered a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients.

BxD pioneered the model of integrated criminal defense and immigration representation over fifteen years ago. Immigration attorneys work closely with clients and their advocates throughout the pendency of their cases in both Criminal and Family Court to avoid or mitigate negative immigration consequences. Additionally, immigration attorneys at BxD represent clients in deportation proceedings in both detained and non-detained settings, provide affirmative immigration services, and pursue community-based systemic reform litigation and advocacy aimed at reforming unforgiving federal immigration laws. Since November 2013, our immigration attorneys have also served as assigned counsel at the Varick Street Immigration Court under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), the first-ever universal representation project in immigration court. The Immigration Practice is comprised of over 50 advocates, including attorneys, legal advocates, social workers, and administrators. The Immigration Practice seeks to fill several attorney positions within the NYIFUP practice.


  •  The attorneys will provide direct representation to detained and non-detained individuals in removal proceedings in New York and New Jersey
  • NYIFUP attorneys handle all aspects of representation in immigration court at master calendar, bond, competency and individual hearings; before the Board of Immigration Appeals and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); in federal court; and in state court proceedings involving post-conviction relief and special immigrant juvenile proceedings


  • Have a J.D. degree
  • Be admitted to a state bar, or have passed all portions of the bar exam and have an application for admission pending
  • Commitment to public service, and specifically, direct defense of non-citizens who have been accused or convicted of crimes
  • Experience working in and with racially and socioeconomically marginalized communities targeted by carceral legal systems
  • Have prior experience in immigration and/or criminal law; experience at the intersection of criminal and immigration law is a plus
  • Experience representing non-citizens in removal proceedings and/or Padilla related work is strongly preferred
  • Spanish fluency or high proficiency is required, as the job requires extensive legal counseling and representation in the Spanish language
  • High levels of motivation and flexibility
  • Excellent research, writing, and courtroom advocacy skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams of attorneys and advocates
  • Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate, collaborate and connect with people from various backgrounds, identities and experiences
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Ability to think critically and creatively under pressure
  • Ability to receive critical feedback constructively, reflect, and shift behavior accordingly
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment, discretion, and confidentiality around sensitive issues

Salary is commensurate with experience.  For candidates with 1-5 years of directly relevant experience, the salary range for this position would be approximately $61,000 to $72,500.

Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to:

  • medical, dental and vision coverage
  • 403(b) plan with employer contribution
  • a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy
  • a professional development fund.

More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended.

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