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Overview: The Door is an unparalleled model for youth development, offering a comprehensive range of integrated services within a single site for nearly 11,000 New York City youth each year. Our mission is to empower young adults 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. By providing participants with our suite of integrated services, we seek to provide any motivated young person with the tools, resources, and opportunities needed to successfully transition to adulthood.

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. Situated within the larger Door community, the Center addresses legal problems in a holistic and client-driven manner. The Staff Attorney will focus on the Center’s immigration practice, in connection with the Center’s expansion to serve detained immigrant youth.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee team of paralegals in providing legal orientations and completing intakes for unaccompanied children (UCs) in Office of Refugee Resettlement custody
  • Review intakes and make determinations regarding eligibility for immigration relief
  • Provide full representation to children who do not have reunification options and must remain in detention, as well as children who are released locally, in immigration matters such as asylum, SIJS, U Visas, and T Visas.
  • Facilitate internal and external referrals to education, health care, and other services
  • Liaise with Office of Refugee Resettlement and local shelters to best serve UCs in their immigration proceedings
  • Lead initiatives advancing the legal rights of youth and facilitate opportunities for youth engagement
  • Assist with legal education efforts, including planning and providing of workshops, producing legal education materials, and conducting outreach to social service and community-based organizations
  • Document and report service delivery to ensure compliance with funding requirements
  • Supervise paralegals, interns and volunteers
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by Managing Attorney and/or Director

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • J.D. degree and admission to New York State Bar
  • At least 1 year of experience in immigration law, including removal defense, SIJS, asylum. U and T visas
  • Interest in a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young people
  • Creative thinker with superior communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, time management and record keeping skills, including the ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and to effectively interact with young people, management and program staff
  • Experience working in a detained setting preferred
  • Professional proficiency in Spanish required

Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Contact: PLEASE UPLOAD RESUME, COVER LETTER, AND ALL ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS AS A PDF TO APPLY