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DVP Fall Legal Intern (Immigration Law)
Job Short Description:
The Urban Justice Center (UJC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of NYC's most vulnerable citizens. The Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Urban Justice Center is seeking to hire a Fall Legal Intern to work with and on behalf of immigrant survivors of domestic violence. DVP's mission is to help victims of domestic violence and their children live free of violence and abuse. We consider domestic 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 domestic violence education and outreach activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City. DVP seeks a Fall Legal Intern to work within a legal-psychosocial framework with survivors of domestic violence to provide assistance to immigration attorneys in matters such as VAWA self-petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers, U and T visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, and other forms of immigration relief. This internship placement may be in any of the five boroughs.
Job Summary & Qualifications:
• Currently attending law school. • Fluent in Spanish strongly preferred. • Interest and/or experience in working with survivors of domestic violence and trauma. • Commitment to immigrant rights and advocacy. •Proficiency working with individuals of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles. • Strong organizational and administrative skills. • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and work as a team member. • Demonstrated ability to work independently. • Interest and proclivity in working within a multi-disciplinary framework.
Responsibilities: • Assisting UJC DVP attorneys with direct representation and advocacy to victims of domestic violence seeking immigration relief. • Conduct client intakes, perform legal research/writing, assist attorneys in all aspects of their cases. • Accompany attorneys in conducting Outreach and Community Education events. • 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.
How to Apply:
Please submit a (1) cover letter, (2) resume and (3) references via email to: Joy Ziegeweid, Esq., Supervising Immigration Attorney: firstname.lastname@example.org Please write "FALL LEGAL INTERN (IMMIGRATION LAW)" 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. Project Description: Our mission at the Domestic Violence Project (DVP) is to help victims of domestic violence and their children live free of violence and abuse. We consider domestic violence in any type of relationship, regardless of gender or sexual identity, to be a human rights violation.
The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Our 11 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.