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Director, Immigrants' Rights and Advocacy Project at Legal Services NYC

Legal Services NYC


Mid Level

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Not defined

02 Jul → 01 Aug


Job Description

Brooklyn Legal Services (BLS) seeks a Director for its Immigrants’ Rights and Advocacy Project (IRAP). IRAP’s legal-social work interdisciplinary team uses a holistic, trauma-informed collaborative advocacy model to provide free immigration legal services to low-income New Yorkers. IRAP’s work includes removal defense, affirmative asylum, defensive asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (including family court), family-based petitions, naturalization, VAWA, U-status, T-status, and more. IRAP also trains and mentors pro bono attorneys on various types of immigration matters. The Immigration Director is supervised by the BLS Director of Litigation.

The Immigration Director supervises and mentors an interdisciplinary team of three staff attorneys, a pro bono extern, a social worker, and a paralegal while maintaining a limited caseload. The Immigration Director manages case intake in a way that both meets our goals and considers the staff’s needs. The team looks to the Director for leadership, guidance, and support to fight for our clients. In addition to supervising and representing individual clients, the Director also pursues impact litigation or advocacy opportunities. For example, in April 2020, LSNYC sued the immigration court system in federal court about Covid concerns and the non-detained docket in NYC Immigration Courts. Soon after NYC shut down, our social workers led an effort to raise over $190,000 to help more than 250 families who needed food, medicine, and basic supplies.

Brooklyn Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer: people of color; women; people with disabilities; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people; and people over the age of 40 are welcome and encouraged to apply. We are committed to race, gender, and economic justice in our work and within our workplace. Staff members who are not managers are members of the LSSA/NOLSW UAW Local 2320.

Job Responsibilities

  • Supervising three staff attorneys, a pro bono extern, a social worker, and a paralegal and supporting other staff in handling immigration matters as needed.
  • Maintaining a limited caseload that includes advising and representing immigrants in cases filed with federal administrative bodies (USCIS, EOIR), family court, federal district, and appellate courts.
  • Mentoring pro bono counsel on various types of immigration cases.
  • Collaborating with LSNYC’s Immigration Director and immigration advocates throughout LSNYC on litigation matters and strategy.
  • Working to advance LSNYC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals.
  • Managing the reports for grants and doing some limited writing for grant proposals.
  • Working with social workers to provide interdisciplinary, comprehensive services to clients.
  • Represent IRAP in community events and stakeholder meetings, and foster grassroots and community partnerships.
  • Collaborating with city, state, and federal agencies and community-based organizations.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • 3-5 years experience practicing immigration law.

  • A demonstrated passion for social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities and communities of color to advance racial equity.

  • Excellent organizational, analytical, writing, communication, and advocacy skills.

  • Ability to provide supportive and consistent supervision to attorneys, paralegals, interns, and social workers.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, empathic leadership, and team-building skills.

  • Knowledge of vicarious trauma and experience cultivating a supportive environment to help mitigate the stressors of immigration defense

  • Experience leading or working as part of an interdisciplinary team, and demonstrated commitment to holistic, trauma-informed advocacy.

  • 1-3 years of experience supervising others.

  • Experience working on humanitarian applications with LGBTQ and young clients.

  • Expertise on immigration consequences for criminal convictions, public benefits, and other civil matters.

How To Apply

Apply through LegalJobs.

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