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Staff Attorney (focus on Advocacy & Community Defense) Duties: With Executive Director, take a leadership role in carrying out and further developing IDP advocacy and policy priorities and strategies, including federal, state and local advocacy efforts on initiatives focused on reducing mass detention and deportation, ending the entanglement between immigration and local law enforcement, and improving access to justice for immigrants. Cultivate partnerships and alliances with criminal justice and immigrant rights organizations as well as other allied movements towards common goals. Support work to partner with community-based organizations, including collaborative campaign work and providing information, analysis, and strategy towards expanding rights and transforming the criminal and immigration systems. Conduct trainings at community-based organizations to raise awareness about and advocate for policy changes related to ICE collaboration with local law enforcement Work with other staff to produce and distribute community education materials With other staff, monitor legal developments and produce timely advisories and other legal resources for a range of audiences With other staff, provide local, regional and national continuing legal education trainings on criminalâ€“immigration topics With other staff, provide expert consults to criminal defense and immigration attorneys, and immigrants and their families on criminal-immigration law issues through Projectâ€™s hotline Work with Project hotline team to recruit, train, coordinate and supervise volunteer hotline attorneys and interns. Some travel, primarily to regional and national trainings (including some evening and weekend events) is required.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD degree and bar admission in good standing in New York, or willingness and eligibility to promptly seek admission. 2-5 years of experience in immigration law, preferably including advising about immigration consequences of pleas and removal defense for immigrants with criminal convictions. Experience in advocacy and policy campaigns. Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and social justice issues. Exceptional organizational and written and oral communication skills; ability to timely respond to and balance numerous requests for assistance. Ability to work in a respectful, non-judgmental manner with impacted individuals (including people accused or convicted of serious crimes), and to work collaboratively, respectfully and supportively with colleagues and partners. Must enjoy diverse professional interactions; outgoing and engaging manner is essential. Strong command of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other standard productivity software. Oral and written fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
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