The Door empowers young people to reach their full potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. At The Door, youth can access health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, college preparation services, career development, housing supports, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof.
The Door’s Legal Services Center advances the rights of youth by providing direct legal services in areas such as immigration, public benefits, family law, and housing. The Door’s Legal Services Center is responsible for over 300 ORR shelter beds in New York, most of which are in Westchester. Approximately 15 minors turn 18 every month. Some are released to a sponsor just before their birthday; some are transferred to adult detention. In a handful of other cases, The Door’s attorneys are able to secure the minors’ release on their own recognizance (ROR) by their 18th birthday.
As the Immigrant Youth Aide, you will focus on the Center’s immigration practice, specifically our work with detained minors. Unaccompanied and separated children who are apprehended by immigration authorities are held in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) until their 18th birthday. Minors not released to a sponsor are transferred to ICE custody on their 18th birthday. You will accompany the minors who are ROR’d. ICE escorts the minor to the ICE field office and then release them to a designated individual to escort them to a temporary placement or ICE will only agree to ROR if someone picks up the minor from the shelter and escorts them to a transitional living program. A couple of days after the release, the minor will require accompaniment so that they can travel to reunify with an adult caretaker.
What You Will Be Doing:
- Travel to federal shelters in Westchester County to pick up minors, and accompany them to either The Door or another placement in New York City
- Help youth navigate airport security and other transportation logistics
- Complete accurate and timely end of shift reports to Managing Attorney
- Communicate with Managing Attorney and youth during and following accompaniments
- Attend all relevant meetings, trainings, workshops and outside events
What We Are Looking For:
- Professional proficiency in Spanish required
- You are available for late night and/or weekend shifts.
- You have a knack for engaging youth and the ability to apply positive youth development practices.
- You are organized and passionate about accuracy and meet deadlines on time all the time.
- You have a strong commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- You have at least a High School diploma or HSE.
Why You Should Join Our Team
- You’re part of a mission driven organization that empowers NYC youth.
- You have an interest in having a large impact on important real time issues
- You want to contribute to a dedicated team
Hours: Per diem- Scheduled as needed
Salary: $17.99 per hour
Contact: Submit cover letter and resume to APPLY
We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to our organization. We are an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.