Safe Horizon envisions a society free of family and community violence. We will lead the way by empowering victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking to move from crisis to confidence.
Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.
Program Description: Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading not-for-profit victim assistance agency, is seeking a Staff Attorney for its Immigration Law Project (“ILP”). ILP, a client-centered, trauma-informed and anti-racist practice, has been providing free or low-cost legal services to low- and moderate- income immigrant victims of crime, torture, abuse and domestic violence since 1988. ILP is accredited by the Department of Justice and staffed with attorneys, accredited representatives and paralegals who specialize in immigration law, including family-based petitions, applications for permanent residency, waivers, deportation and removal defense, naturalization, and humanitarian-based relief such as VAWA self-petitions, U Visas and asylum.
Responsibilities: The Staff Attorney is responsible for providing direct legal services, including consultations and representation before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Executive Office for Immigration Review, and for conducting presentations and trainings to internal and external audiences, including community-based organizations and other service-based providers on matters of immigration law. The Staff Attorney also represents the program before USCIS during district stakeholder meetings and collaborates with other organizations on issues pertaining to ILP’s mission.
In addition, the Staff Attorney contributes to the supervision and oversight of support staff, volunteers and student interns.
• Must have a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an accredited law school, be admitted to the Bar and have at least 3 years of related experience. New graduates who have completed an approved fellowship may be considered.
• Expertise and experience in representing clients in affirmative applications before USCIS and in removal proceedings before the Immigration Courts are essential.
• Must have prior experience in and/or thorough knowledge of issues affecting survivors of domestic violence, violent crime, torture and persecution.
•Must possess strong oral and written communications skills, including the ability to convey legal concepts to lay people.
•Fluent Spanish speaker is required. Other foreign language skills considered.