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Staff Attorney - New York City
Job Short Description:
IRAP is seeking a staff attorney to 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. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in refugee, human rights, and immigration/international law to be part of a growing agency that makes an impact on the lives of refugees. The position reports to senior members of the Legal team.
Job Summary & Qualifications:
BA and JD required; Must be admitted to practice law in the United States; 1-2 years of prior legal experience working in refugee law; Thorough understanding of UNHCR and USRAP processing; Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment;Must be highly organized and motivated, able to multi-task, manage a high volume workload, and have excellent time management skills; Strong 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 but not required; Microsoft Suite
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.
IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation/sick leave.
How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (3-5 pages), and a list of three references using the application form available here: https://podio.com/webforms/13697370/924405?fields[related-job-opening]=767653978
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world's most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.
The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Our 12 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.