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Friday, October 21, 2011
Human Trafficking Attorney at Safe Horizon
Using an intensive case management model and human rights based approach, Safe Horizon operates a comprehensive, community-focused social and legal services program for survivors of human trafficking, many of whom have experienced and witnessed physical, sexual and/or psychological abuse, survived torture and other forms of organized violence.
The Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to survivors of human trafficking, supervises legal staff in partnership with the Supervising Attorney of the Immigration Law Project, develops and participates in policy and legislative advocacy and develops and conducts trainings.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: • Supervises, in coordination with the Supervising Attorney of the Immigration Law Project, all legal staff and legal interns and any new incoming legal staff. • Conducts in depth interviews with clients to assess potential immigration relief as well as other legal needs. • Seeks immigration remedies on behalf of clients. Understands how to assist with T and U Visa applications, Adjustment of Status applications and consular processing. • Provides information and options to clients related to the criminal justice system and provides ongoing criminal justice advocacy and accompaniment for clients participating in investigations and prosecutions. • Prepares witnesses and client for court appearances, accompanies client to interviews with law enforcement agents, and provides other criminal justice advocacy as needed. • Drafts all legal documents and makes court appearances with clients, when necessary. • Responsible for assisting clients with a holistic range of services, including advocacy on non-legal issues and referrals for additional legal needs. • Coordinates clients’ cases with social service providers and law enforcement agents. • Maintains clients’ case files and all internal data logs. • Maintains monthly statistical reports documenting case representation, provision of legal advocacy and referrals, including statistical data provided to funders. • Conducts presentations and trainings to community-based organizations, other service providers and law enforcement to promote the mission of the agency. • Attends meetings to discuss policy issues affecting client population. • Develops and maintains relationships with individuals, organizations and government agencies within the immigration and human trafficking advocacy communities nationally. • Contributes to the employment, supervision and oversight of support staff, volunteers and student interns.
EDUCATION: • Must have a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an accredited law school and be admitted to New York State (or if admitted in another state, eligible and able to be admitted to New York State.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: • Must possess strong oral and written communications skills, including the ability to convey legal concepts to lay people. • The ability to write routine reports, court documents, case notes, legal briefs, pleadings and correspondence in a clear, concise and effective manner is essential. • Must be creative and have critical thinking skills. • Must be a persuasive and effective public speaker. • Must possess demonstrated appropriate communications skills for a variety of audiences including client populations, colleagues, law enforcement, and local, state and federal lawmakers. • Problem-solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building and organizational skills are also essential. • Strong networking skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with various individuals, organizations and government agencies is essential.
EXPERIENCE: • Must have 3-5 years experience providing legal services in the human trafficking or related field. • Must have 2-3 years experience supervising attorneys on legal issues related to immigration, human trafficking and/or criminal justice advocacy. • Must be familiar with legal services, resources and procedures available in New York City. • Must be familiar with a wide range of immigration and criminal justice law, social justice work, the underlying social issues effecting survivors of human trafficking, violent crime, domestic violence, torture, flight from persecution in other countries, and those seeking family re-unification. • Prior experience organizing and executing group trainings and information exchanges is preferred. • Prior experience in the field of Human Trafficking preferred. • Cultural competency and linguistic fluency. • Bilingual oral and written skills in Spanish required.