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Staff Attorney-Unaccompanied Minors Program

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1 yrs required

New York City, NY, United States

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Posted on
Feb 10,2019


The Unaccompanied Minors Program serves unaccompanied immigrant children who are detained temporarily by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in juvenile facilities in the lower Hudson Valley, Long Island, and New York City. The staff attorney will work with a team to provide services to children who are, or have been, in ORR detention. The position includes extensive contact with youth, including youth who have suffered abuse, abandonment, neglect, or other trauma.  It requires significant time in state court and in immigration court in New York City.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Unaccompanied Minors Program:

  • Provide services to children who are detained in Office of Refugee Resettlement shelter facilities throughout downstate New York. Core services include:  Know Your Rights presentations, legal intake interviews, legal referrals and follow-up assistance.
  • Prepare detained minors for immigration court, and appear as friend-of-the-court at hearings for detained minors.
  • Provide direct representation to some detained and released unaccompanied minors.  This requires representation before the USCIS and EOIR in cases involving asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Voluntary Departure, U visas, and other relief, and representation in New York State courts to obtain orders necessary for SIJS.
  • Advise, train and manage, as needed, migration counselors in individual legal screenings, legal referrals, and related matters, and also in stakeholder communications.    
  • As necessary, present to custodians of unaccompanied minors who have been released in the New York City area, and provide social service, legal, and other referrals. 
  • As necessary, train and manage volunteers and interns to provide presentations and provide follow-up services.   


Education and/or experience required:

  1. Juris Doctor.
  2. At least one year of post-JD experience in immigration law and/or family law.
  3. Admission to New York bar or admission to a bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia and willingness to pursue admission to the NY bar within a year of start date.

Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required:

  1. Fluency in Spanish.
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  3. Excellent interpersonal skills, maturity, and an ability to work both independently and in a highly collaborative team environment.
  4. Ability to travel throughout the five boroughs, the Archdiocese and Long Island.

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