The Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Urban Justice Center is seeking to hire a legal advocate to join our immigration practice. DVP’s mission is to help victims of intimate partner violence and their children live free of violence and abuse. We consider intimate partner violence in any type of relationship, regardless of gender or sexual identity, to be a human rights violation. Our work focuses on providing legal and social work services to promote justice and vigorously defend and protect victims’ human rights. To accomplish this, our attorneys, social workers, and advocates provide immigration legal services, legal representation in New York City Family Courts, Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, and Immigration Court, mental health services, advocacy, case management, and ongoing intimate partner violence education and outreach activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
DVP seeks a full-time advocate to work within a legal-psychosocial framework with survivors of intimate partner violence.
DVP’s immigration legal team works with survivors of intimate partner violence to provide legal representation and advocacy in immigration matters including VAWA self-petitions, U and T visas, Battered Spouse Waivers, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and other forms of immigration relief. The legal advocate will provide essential support to our clients as we help them obtain or maintain lawful immigration status in the United States. We seek a candidate who is passionate about fighting for justice for immigrants and survivors of intimate partner violence.
- Complete face to face and telephonic intakes within proscribed timelines
- Provide crisis intervention, safety planning and risk assessment analysis
- Prepare retainers and background checks
- Assist clients’ understanding of full range available community based services and make meaning referrals.
- Maintain accurate and timely case files and documentation thereof of all contact and services
- Collect and maintain data collection required for monthly, quarterly and yearly statistics
- Participate in regular team meetings, professional development trainings, and workshops
- Conduct education, outreach and community clinics/events throughout all five boroughs and on platforms such as Zoom, Facebook live or other available and identified mediums
- Once trained, assist in training staff internally as well as within the community
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, conducting client intakes and immigration legal screenings; preparing legal documents; conducting background checks; presenting know your rights trainings and outreach; leading survivor centered empowerment groups; providing robust advocacy on issues surrounding housing, benefits, safety, employment, etc. The advocate will travel between boroughs and work closely with grassroots community based organizations where they will provide on-site clinics and trainings. Advocate is expected to update and maintain case files and respond to monthly grant reporting.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
- Knowledge and understanding of intimate partner violence and trauma
- Proficiency working with individuals of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles
- Demonstrated ability to be flexible and work as a team member
- Ability to work sensitively with clients who have experienced trauma
- Superlative organizational and administrative skills
- Ability to work evenings if necessary
- Exceptional interpersonal, speaking, and writing skills and the ability to apply these skills in diverse situations
- Demonstrated ability to work independently
- Must be able to travel between boroughs
- Interest and proclivity in working within a legal framework
- Bachelor’s degree
- Fluency in Spanish required
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice
- Two years’ experience working with victims of intimate partner violence
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Generous vacation, medical and dental benefits are provided. The position is for one year with the potential for extension if funding allows. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.
Please submit a cover letter, resume and references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Immigration Legal Advocate” in the subject heading. We regret that due to high volume, we are unable to respond to inquiries and will only contact those candidates selected for consideration. Please do not contact us via telephone or fax. People of color, LGBTQ, individuals, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer.