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Staff Attorney, Immigration Intervention Project

Sanctuary For Families Inc.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Sanctuary for Families is New York's leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. Every year, Sanctuary empowers thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services. We provide a range of wrap-around services to help survivors rebuild their lives in the aftermath of abuse, and work to end gender violence through three key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy. Our services are available in 11 locations throughout New York City.


The Staff Attorney at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center is a key position within Sanctuary for Families' Immigration Intervention Project, a legal services project that represents thousands of survivors of domestic violence, other forms of gender-based violence, and human trafficking in a broad range of immigration matters. The Staff Attorney provides direct legal representation to immigrant clients. Depending on experience level, this attorney might also mentor and/or supervise project assistants, volunteer attorneys, legal fellows, and/or interns.

Other important responsibilities include conducting community outreach and education in Brooklyn, screening walk-in clients at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center, collaborating with other agencies represented there to assist immigrant survivors, and advocating for improvements in systems affecting their lives. The IIP operates from 5 different locations in New York City; this Staff Attorney works out of the NYC Family Justice Center located in Brooklyn.


  • Represent survivors of gender-based violence and sex trafficking in their immigration cases before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), and appellate courts;
  • Help to mentor project assistants, legal fellows, and/or interns, as needed;
  • Coordinate with partner agencies at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center and serve as an immigration law resource there;
  • Screen potential clients for eligibility for immigration relief and legal representation through Sanctuary for Families;
  • Represent Sanctuary for Families at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center and at community events, on advocacy committees, and on task forces.
  • Collaborate with district attorney's offices, other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, health care providers, and community-based organizations to improve responses to immigrant survivors, and to educate and provide technical assistance on issues relating to immigrant clients.
  • Contribute to Sanctuary's efforts to educate the public, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, social service agencies, community-based organizations, and elected officials about issues related to immigrant survivors; develop written materials and curriculum for such purposes.
  • Perform any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as assigned by the Legal Center Director and Deputy Director and the Director of the Immigration Intervention Project.


Admission to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction, preferably New York;

Minimum of two years of experience in immigration law;

Experience working in the field, preferably in a non-profit setting, to assist survivors of domestic violence, other forms of gender-based violence, and/or human trafficking;

Bilingual English and a relevant community language (e.g. French, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian);

Excellent judgment;

Strong writing, research, and analytical skills;

Strong communications and leadership skills;

Excellent interpersonal skills;

Ability to work independently and under pressure;

Ability to motivate, inspire, and manage staff;

Energetic and passionate about Sanctuary's mission of ending gender-based violence and human trafficking;

Deep understanding of and ability to work well with people of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and shall also follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.

D.E.I Commitment: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are core values at Sanctuary for Families that represent our dedication to fostering a safe, respectful, responsive, and fair work environment. We recognize the value diversity holds in embracing all employees, clients, and volunteers regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or professional level.

Posted: 2021-01-05 Expires: 2021-02-05

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