Safe Passage Project is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to immigrant children living in New York. We fundamentally believe no child should face immigration court alone and our team works together to advocate for the fair, compassionate and equal treatment of all immigrant children.
The Staff Attorney will mentor pro bono attorneys in the representation of minor clients. The Staff Attorney will guide pro bono attorneys through Family Court and Immigration Court proceedings, and through representation at the Asylum Office. The Staff Attorney will also assist senior management in the organization and management of Safe Passage Project’s dockets. The Staff Attorney will report to the Director of Legal Services. The position is full-time and is eligible for Safe Passage Project’s benefits.
Supervise and mentor pro bono attorneys with Safe Passage Project.
Screen immigrant children and assist in the Organization and Management of Safe Passage Project’s legal screenings.
Provide some direct representation of Safe Passage Project clients.
Provide detailed and regular reporting statistics on each case that the Attorney mentors or represents directly.
Qualifications and Requirements
J.D. degree and admission to New York State Bar required;
Two years of relevant family law, immigration law, or litigation experience;
Fluency in Spanish is required;
Excellent written, analytical, oral, organizational and time management skills;
Experience working with diverse communities (preferred);
Experience working with children (preferred);
Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on an interdisciplinary team in a fast-paced, high intensity environment;
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified.
Safe Passage Project is an equal opportunity employer. Women, People of Color, LGBTQ People, Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All interested applicants must email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references electronically in a single PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line “Staff Attorney Application” in your email.
Safe Passage Project (http://www.safepassageproject.org) is a young, well-respected not-for-profit organization whose mission is to ensure no child faces immigration court without a knowledgeable lawyer. U.S. immigration law provides options for child refugees fleeing abuse, violence, and persecution. Without counsel children may not know their rights nor be able to obtain relief from deportation.... Safe Passage Project staff recruits, trains, and mentors pro bono lawyers who represent these children throughout New York State. In addition some staff members provide direct representation.
Originally created as a clinical program at New York Law School (“NYLS”), Safe Passage Project incorporated as a separate not-for-profit organization in 2013. While maintaining a strong relationship with NYLS, Safe Passage Project also partners with lawyers, law firms, and alumni from many other law schools. Safe Passage Project now has an annual budget of $1.2 million and a staff of over 10 full- and part-time employees (including a staff social worker), and currently works with over 300 volunteers, both lawyers and nonlawyers. In 2015 we assisted over 550 youth with support from The Robin Hood Foundation, the Americorps Program, and other foundations and individual donors. Safe Passage Project has a supportive Board of Directors, many with legal knowledge with deep commitments to the mission. Our Founder, Lenni Benson, is a nationally recognized professor of immigration law at NYLS, and served as chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2012 to 2015. Our Board Chair, Pam Foster, is the Managing Director for Program Operations and Associate General Counsel at The Rockefeller Foundation.