Immigration Attorney

Job Type:
full-time
Job Short Description:

The Urban Justice Center Domestic Violence Project (DVP) is seeking an immigration attorney to work within a legal-psychosocial framework with survivors of domestic violence to provide legal representation and advocacy on immigration matters including U and T visas, SIJS, adjustment of status, VAWA Self-Petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers, naturalization, and removal defense. The ideal candidate will be community-oriented with a proven ability to work with teammates and clients of diverse backgrounds.

Job Summary & Qualifications:
  • Admission to US State or DC bar mandatory. 
  • Fluency in Spanish or another community language required.
  • Knowledge and understanding of domestic violence and trauma.
  • Deep experience working with individuals of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles.
  • Comfortable with public speaking and highly motivated to cultivate new linkages.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills.
  • Aptitude for intense and thorough negotiation and advocacy.
  • Ability to respond sensitively to clients’ urgent needs.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, speaking, and writing skills and the ability to apply these skills in diverse situations.
  • 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.
  • Able to travel between boroughs.
  • Able to work evenings if necessary.
Responsibilities:

The immigration staff attorney, who reports to the supervising immigration attorney, is responsible for the following:

  • Zealously representing non-citizen survivors in their immigration matters
  • Outreach, education, and know-your-rights through NYC
  • Building and fostering collaborative relationships with other CBOs
  • Training and oversight of interns and volunteers
  • Mentorship of pro bono attorneys on immigration matters and relief

Maintaining statistics and funding requirements as needed

Benefits/Compensation:

Salary is commensurate with experience.  Generous vacation, medical and dental benefits provided.   This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and references via email to Joy Ziegeweid, Esq., Supervising Immigration Attorney at jziegeweid@urbanjustice.org.   Please write “IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY” 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. 

UJC Description:

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 12 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.