The Senior Staff Attorney is a key position within Sanctuary for Families’ Immigration Intervention Project, a legal services project that represents over 1,000 survivors of domestic violence, other forms of gender based violence, and human trafficking in a broad range of immigration matters each year. Representation is provided in-house, as well as through the mentoring and supervision of volunteer and pro bono attorneys, law students, and other legal interns.
The Senior Staff Attorney provides legal representation to immigrant victims of gender based violence and human trafficking in Queens. Other important responsibilities include conducting community outreach and education in Queens, screening walk-in clients, and collaborating with other agencies represented at the Queens Family Justice Center to best assist immigrant survivors of domestic violence, other forms of gender based violence and human trafficking and to advocate for improvements in systems affecting their lives. Part of Sanctuary for Families’ Immigration Intervention Project (operating from 5 different locations in New York City), the Senior Staff Attorney works out of the Queens Family Justice Center.
- Represent immigrant survivors in cases filed with federal administrative agencies, immigration courts, and federal district and appellate courts.
- Screen immigrant survivors for eligibility for immigration relief and legal representation.
- Supervise pro bono attorneys, law students, and interns representing eligible immigrant survivors in cases filed with federal administrative bodies, before the immigration court, and federal district and appellate courts.
- Serve as immigration law resource for partner agencies at the Queens Family Justice Center.
- Represent Sanctuary for Families at the Queens Family Justice Center and at community events, on advocacy committees, and task forces.
- Collaborate with district attorney’s offices, other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and community based organizations to improve responses to immigrant survivors, and to educate and provide technical assistance on issues relating to immigrant clients.
- Contribute to Sanctuary’s efforts to educate the public, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, social service agencies, community based organizations, and elected officials about issues related to immigrant survivors; develop written materials and curriculum for such purposes.
- Perform any other Department or agency-related duties or special projects as assigned by the Project Co-Director and Deputy Director.
- Admission to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction, preferably in New York State;
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in immigration law, preferably in public interest sector;
- Experience working in the field of combating domestic violence, other forms of gender based violence, and human trafficking;
- Excellent judgment;
- Strong writing, research and analytical skills;
- Strong communication and leadership skills;
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Ability to work independently and under pressure;
- Ability to motivate, inspire, and manage staff;
- Energetic and passionate about Sanctuary’s mission of ending gender based violence;
- Deep understanding of and ability to work well with people of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations, racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
- Fluency in Spanish
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Sanctuary for Families offers a competitive salary and benefits package. We value and celebrate our diverse backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and we follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.