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, fellows 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 and T Visas and asylum.
The Supervising Attorney is responsible for providing direct supervision of the staff attorneys based in our Bronx and Queens locations. In addition, the Supervising 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. The Supervising Attorney will also conduct presentations, trainings and clinics to internal and external audiences, including members of community-based organizations and other service-based providers on matters of immigration law. The Supervising Attorney represents the program before community stakeholder meetings and collaborates with other organizations on issues pertaining to ILP’s mission. In addition, the Supervising 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, have at least 5 years of immigration experience and at least 3 years of supervisory experience.
• 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 may be considered.
•Admission to practice and experience litigating in the federal courts preferred but not required.
**Note: The Supervising Attorney will be based in our Brooklyn office and will supervise the staff attorneys in our Queens and Bronx locations. Some travel required.