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Years of Experience
Staff Attorney Duties: Engage in written and oral advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant children, applying federal law, domestic child welfare law, and international human rights law. Will be appointed as Child Advocate, and will also supervise volunteersâ€” social workers, teachers, law students, community membersâ€”appointed as Child Advocate. Will gather information from the child and stakeholders and will then draft and submit best interests recommendations to the federal agencies with authority over childrenâ€™s care, custody and immigration status, as well as to state court judges, as applicable. Oversee a docket of cases in which the Staff Attorney, or volunteers supervised by the Staff Attorney, are appointed as Child Advocate to unaccompanied children held in federal custody across the New York metropolitan area. Advance cases by gathering information about each childâ€™s life from the child, family members, and agencies with relevant information. Apply a child-rights paradigm to identify and advocate for the best interests of these unaccompanied children with each federal agency with authority over the child, including shelter officials, the custodial agency (within the federal Department of Health and Human Services), immigration judges, asylum officers, immigration attorneys, and state court judges when applicable. Draft and submit written best interests recommendations applying federal, state and international law. Develop relationships and coordinate with stakeholders serving unaccompanied children in the New York area. Train and supervise volunteer Child Advocates in the New York area. Assist with monthly reporting and other program and administrative responsibilities as necessary.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: JD Degree and authorization to practice law. 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. Excellent written and oral advocacy skills. Ability to take initiative, to work collaboratively, and an enthusiasm for working with volunteers. Excellent time management and organization skills. An ability to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment. Preferred Qualifications: 2+ years of experience practicing law, ideally in the fields of child welfare, juvenile justice, or immigration.
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