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JOB OPENING: Temporary Immigration Law Attorney

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

  • Organization: My Sisters’ Place

Job Title: Temporary Immigration Law Attorney (Full-Time - Six Months)
Department: Legal Center
Position Reports to: Supervising Attorney, Immigration Unit

My Sisters' Place is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Westchester County, NY, that has grown from a grassroots task force and drop-in center formalized in 1978 into a cutting-edge leader and resource in the field of domestic violence advocacy and services. Our many programs include two residential shelters, individual counseling and advocacy children's programs, support groups, a legal center, life skills training, school-based domestic violence prevention education and outreach programs. Since 1997, our Legal Center has provided an array of legal services, outreach and education to communities in Westchester.

Position Overview

My Sisters' Place is seeking a temporary immigration attorney, who will work out of both of our White Plains and Yonkers Office. This is a temporary position for six months with the possibility of turning into a permanent position dependant on funding. This position is funded by the Legal Assistance Victims Grant from the Department of Justice. The Immigration Attorney will provide legal representation and advocacy to non citizen victims of domestic violence before Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) on a variety of legal matters including but not limited to: Violence Against Women Act Self Petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers, Adjustment of Status Applications, U visas, and T visas. The attorney will work under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney of the Immigration Unit and the Legal Center Director, but will take primary responsibility for her/his own caseload, and will be in charge of intake and assessments.

Duties

• Provide legal representation and advocacy to victims of domestic violence in immigration law matters, including all aspects of preparing VAWA Self-Petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers, Adjustment of Status Applications, U visas, and T visas
• Conduct intake and assessment of potential clients
• Assist Supervising Attorney in conducting outreach and training to private bar
• Track and collect statistical information for grant reports
• Compile and draft semi-annual grant reports for funder
• Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications

• J.D. Law Degree with admission to New York State Bar
• At least 1-3 years relevant immigration law experience related to domestic violence
• Experience working with diverse communities
• Non-profit domestic violence work experience preferred
• Proficiency in Spanish oral and written communication preferred
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet and database programs
• Excellent organizational skills, time management and record keeping skills, including the ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and to interact with management and program staff

Salary

• The salary for this position is between $40,000 and $45,000, depending on experience. It also includes a benefits package.

Send cover letter, resume and writing sample by mail or e-mail to:
Rachel Chazin Halperin, Esq.
Legal Center Director
My Sisters' Place
One Water Street, 3rd Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
rhalperin@mysistersplaceny.org

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