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Staff Attorney New York City

Company name

Urban Justice Center

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Jun 18,2018

Posted on

Feb 27,2018

Years of Experience

1-2 yrs required


New York City, NY
Practice Area
Immigration >> Immigration
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Staff Attorney The candidate will be a part of the growing IRAP Legal team in our New York office. The staff attorney position will focus primarily on training, supporting, and advising IRAP pro bono teams representing refugees, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants, and other vulnerable individuals. The staff attorney will also maintain a small caseload directly representing refugees and other immigrants, and advocate on their behalf with the United Nations, U.S. and foreign governments and other relevant agencies. The position reports to senior members of the Legal team. Assist the IRAP Legal team with managing and mentoring IRAP law school chapters and law firms, including conducting trainings, reviewing legal submissions and providing expert legal advice to ensure high-quality representation by our pro bono teams; Review intake screening reports completed by IRAP volunteers and staff as part of IRAP’s refugee case screening process, and conduct intake interviews on sensitive cases as needed; Directly represent vulnerable refugees and SIV applicants by drafting United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) resettlement referrals, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) legal submissions, and SIV applications; Provide advice and counseling to refugees and SIV applicants in their UNHCR refugee status determination (RSD), USCIS refugee interviews, or U.S. Embassy SIV interviews, as well as representation before other agencies and Embassies as needed; Collaborate with the IRAP Litigation team on any current and future high impact litigation efforts; Collaborate with the IRAP Policy team to reform and improve the U.S. refugee and SIV processes; Assist with the management of volunteer legal interns and intake volunteers; Other duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

A BA and J.D. required. Must be admitted to practice law in the United States; 1-2 years of prior legal experience working in refugee law. Should have thorough understanding of UNHCR and USRAP processing. Must have trong research, writing, and analytical skills; Strong interpersonal and communication skills; comfortable working with diverse populations. Prior employment, living, and/or study in the MENA region is preferred. Fluency in a second language, such as Arabic, Farsi, or Pashto, is a plus.

Additional info

Submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (3-5 pages), and a list of three references.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Urban Justice Center
123 William Street
16th Floor
New York City, NY 10038

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