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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileStaff Attorney The candidate will draft and submit best interests recommendations in immigration court, before asylum offices, to public interest attorneys, to the pro bono Bar, and to the three federal agencies (DHS, HHS and DOJ) with responsibility for unaccompanied children in the United States. The Staff Attorney will work directly with detained children and children released to families or sponsors in New York and New Jersey, to advocate for their best interests with respect to their custody, conditions of release, and their immigration proceedings. The Staff Attorney will help recruit, train and supervise bilingual and bicultural volunteer Child Advocates—teachers, law students, social workers, community members—who will work one-on-one with children. Help recruit, train and supervise volunteer Child Advocates for the Young Center Child Advocate program serving children in the New York/New Jersey area. Draft and submit best interests briefs to immigration judges, asylum officers, attorneys, and federal agencies, applying federal, state and international law. Accompany children and their Child Advocates to immigration court, as well as state juvenile and family court. Develop relationships and coordinate with stakeholders serving unaccompanied children in the New York/New Jersey area. Assist with monthly reporting and other administrative responsibilities as necessary connected with the day-to-day operations of the Young Center’s New York office. Other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have J.D. and authorization to practice law. 2 years of experience practicing law is preferred. Must have proficiency in Spanish, including the ability to speak with children in Spanish and to communicate over the telephone in Spanish with children, family members, and others. Should have excellent written and oral advocacy skills.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
6020 SOUTH UNIVERSITY AVENUE
Chicago, IL 60637