My Sisters’ Place (MSP) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Westchester County, NY, that has grown from a grassroots task force and drop-in center formalized in 1978 into a cutting-edge leader and resource in the field of domestic violence advocacy and services. Our many programs include two residential shelters, individual counseling and advocacy children’s programs, support groups, a center for legal services, life skills training, school-based domestic violence prevention education and outreach programs. Since 1997, our Center for Legal Services has provided an array of free legal services, outreach and education to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. MSP is currently seeking to fill the position of Associate Counsel of Human Trafficking in the Immigration Practice.
MSP’s Center for Legal Services provides legal advice and direct representation to clients in family law and immigration matters, including legal representation of victims of human trafficking. The Associate Counsel will provide legal representation and advocacy to noncitizen victims of human trafficking before Citizenship and Immigration Services on a variety of legal matters, including, but not limited to, applications for U and T Nonimmigrant Status, Adjustment of Status Applications, and petitions for derivative family members. The attorney will advocate for Continued Presence and Law Enforcement Agency certifications from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. In addition, the attorney will provide legal representation to noncitizen victims of domestic violence before Citizenship and Immigration Services with VAWA Self-Petitions and I-751 Waivers of the Joint Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.
The Attorney will work under the supervision of the Managing Attorney of the Immigration Practice and the CLS Director, but will take primary responsibility for her/his own caseload.
Screen for victims of Human Trafficking by conducting legal consultations
Provide legal representation and advocacy to Human Trafficking victims in immigration law matters, including applications for U and T Nonimmigrant Status, Adjustment of Status Applications, and Petitions for derivative family members as well as other forms of immigration relief
Advocate for clients with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies
Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor
J.D. Law Degree with admission to New York State Bar
At least 1-3 years relevant immigration law experience
Direct service experience with trafficking victims, immigrants/refugees, or other vulnerable or disenfranchised populations
Strong project management or coordination skills, including ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines
Strong public speaking and written communication skills a must
Proficiency in Spanish oral and written communication preferred
Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet and database programs
Excellent interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within the CLS and MSP’s social services departments and engage with governmental and community partner agencies
How to apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and the names and contact information of three references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate in the subject line “Associate Counsel- Human Trafficking.”
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and offers will be made on a rolling basis as position must be filled as soon as possible.