New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks a temporary supervising immigration attorney to work with NYLPI’s Health Justice program and UndocuCare campaign. The ideal candidate will have experience providing legal representation and conducting immigration screenings, experience in immigration court, familiarity with LGBTQ and/or HIV-positive asylum seekers, knowledge of PRUCOL and experience with PRUCOL advocacy, and experience providing know-your-rights presentations. This is a temporary position available for four months, starting in March 2021.
NYLPI’s Health Justice work brings a racial equity and immigrant justice focus to health care advocacy in New York City and State. Of particular relevance for this position, we address the human rights crisis in immigration detention; operate a medical-legal-community partnership to increase access to healthcare in immigration detention; connect undocumented and uninsured immigrants with serious health conditions to Medicaid; and advocate for healthcare coverage for all New Yorkers. We believe health justice impacts all parts of New Yorkers’ lives. NYLPI’s UndocuCare campaign provides holistic wrap-around services, comprehensive immigration and health screenings, legal representation, and organ transplant advocacy to connect seriously ill undocumented immigrant New Yorkers to healthcare.
About the Role
The temporary supervising immigration attorney will significantly contribute to the UndocuCare campaign and provide supervision for that team, as well as contribute to the Health Justice Program. The temporary supervising immigration attorney will work both independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community organizers, and communications and lobbying experts. This position requires the equivalent of 24 to 40 hours per week, depending on availability, and could be structured on payroll or as an independent contractor.
The attorney will
· Provide direct legal services in immigration and healthcare advocacy matters, and maintain a small caseload of immigration matters, including but not limited to providing individualized assistance to clients currently in removal proceedings or eligible for immigration relief, in a broad range of categories including U/T Nonimmigrant Status, Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal, and various family petitions.
· Provide PRUCOL advocacy to clients who are uninsured and make Medicaid referrals to healthcare navigators.
· Assist in the supervision of a legal fellow and law graduate engaged in comprehensive immigration screenings.
· Work with the team to ensure delivery of high-quality legal representation and wrap-around services to clients.
· Identify and analyze systemic issues through individual and impact casework.
· Participate in team and department meetings.
· Member in good standing of the New York State Bar.
· Experience working with low-income documented and undocumented immigrants. · Minimum three years of experience providing immigration legal representation, conducting immigration screenings, healthcare advocacy, and education in immigration matters.
· Litigation experience in Immigration Court.
· Experience collaborating effectively with diverse groups of individuals and organizations, and connecting and strategizing with local community leaders.
· Desire to mentor and support the growth and learning of supervisees and fellow immigration team staff.
· Desire to address systemic issues and develop general knowledge of health law.
· Excellent writing, editing, legal analysis, and oral presentation skills.
· Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
· Comfortable working under pressure, on a team or independently; passionate about the work, inquisitive, and analytical.
· Spanish language fluency.
· Previous nonprofit, legal services experience desirable.
· Experience working with TGNCI communities.
· Experience in or familiarity with the criminal legal system.
· Experience working closely with community organizers and non-lawyers.
For more than 40 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers opposing marginalization based on race, immigration status, poverty, neighborhood pollution, and disability. NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. These communities shape our priorities, and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions. Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation and individual representation, policy advocacy, media, pro bono partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice. We strive to create equal access to health care, achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, ensure immigrant opportunity, strengthen local nonprofits, and secure environmental justice for low-income communities of color. To learn more about NYLPI, visit www.nylpi.org.
Compensation prorated to base salary, DOE, starting at $70,000.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with interviews beginning as early as February 1, 2021. Please send applications to email@example.com with the subject line “Supervising Immigration Attorney (Temporary Position).” Applications must include:
(1) Detailed cover letter explaining your interest, passion, and experience, with a specific answer to the following required question: How have your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and diversity, equity, and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences. Please also reference in your cover letter where you saw this posting.
(2) Resume (3) Writing sample
(4) Three references (including daytime telephone numbers)
We strongly encourage candidates fluent in multiple languages and candidates from historically oppressed groups to apply. We are committed to advancing social justice and civil rights in our advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity, equity, and inclusion bring to the work and culture of our organization. We strive to promote behaviors, attitudes and policies that enable us to work inclusively and effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers, and community partners. We actively recruit and seek to grow and maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, and national origin; disability; socioeconomic background; and sexual orientation and gender identity.