Position: Youth Accompaniment Aid
Supervisor: Managing Attorney
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 Youth Accompaniment Aid 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. If they are not released before then to a sponsor, they are transferred to ICE custody (adult detention, usually the immigration wing of a jail in New York or New Jersey) on their 18th birthday.
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 of them 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) just before or on their birthday.
We are looking for individuals to help accompany the minors who are ROR’d. This accompaniment is a condition of securing their release. In some cases, ICE will pick up the minor, bring them to the ICE field office in Lower Manhattan, and then release them to a designated individual who commits to escorting them to a temporary placement, often in New York City. In other cases, ICE will only agree to ROR the minor if someone agrees to pick up the minor directly from the shelter in Westchester and escort them to a transitional living program. Usually, a day or two after the release, the minor will again require accompaniment to the airport, train or bus station, so that the minor can travel to reunify with a trusted adult caretaker.
- Travel to federal shelters in Westchester County to pick up recently released teenagers, and accompany them to either The Door or another placement in New York City
- Accompany recently released teenagers from locations in New York City to The Door, New York City-area airports, train and/or bus stations.
- Help teenagers navigate airport security and other transportation logistics
- Follow directions from Managing Attorney
- Complete accurate and timely end of shift reports to Managing Attorney
- Be available for late night and/or weekend shifts
- Communicate appropriately with Managing Attorney and youth during and following accompaniments.
- Attend all relevant meetings, trainings, workshops and outside events.
- Other responsibilities as assigned by Managing Attorney or supervisor.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- A minimum of a high school diploma or HSE; Bachelors preferred
- Interest in a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young people
- Experience working with diverse, at-risk populations
- Understanding of adolescent development, assessment, counseling and/or crisis management
- Ability to engage young people positively
- Creative thinker with superior communication skills
- Excellent organizational skills, time management and record keeping skills, including the ability to work independently, assess priorities, and take initiative
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and to effectively interact with young people, management and program staff
- Professional proficiency in Spanish required
Hours: Scheduled as needed
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.