Staff Attorney

June 20, 2019
New York, NY
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
2-5 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified


HIAS seeks a Staff Attorney to provide direct legal representation to applicants for immigration benefits, primarily asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ), U Visa, T Visa and VAWA before the family courts, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration Court (EOIR), and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).  This position is full-time, to be based in HIAS’ New York office.


Essential Functions:


  • Represent immigrants in HIAS’ legal programs, including asylum-seekers and vulnerable immigrants who are afraid to return to their countries of origin, on applications for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, T visas, and VAWA.
  • Develops cases and represents such clients before the New York Family Courts, Asylum Office, Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Court of Appeals; such activities will be under the direct supervision and guidance of the Supervising Attorney.
  • Conducts intake of new cases and recommend whether HIAS should accept or decline the case based on HIAS priorities.
  • Participates in U.S. Legal Protection staff meetings, trainings and case review.
  • Provides support to HIAS’ affiliate HIAS NY’s legal activities for adjustment of status and citizenship for resettled refugees when needed.
  • Liaises with HIAS’ wraparound support volunteer program to facilitate the matching of trained volunteers with your legal clients in furtherance of HIAS’ mission to provide holistic legal services to clients.
  • Assists HIAS’ volunteer coordinator in identifying appropriate referrals for your clients to social service agencies as well as opportunities for employment, education, and career advancement.
  • Responds to inquiries about immigration law and procedures from individuals, organizations and cooperating agencies.
  • Attends conferences and lectures and otherwise stay informed of current developments in immigration law and procedure.
  • Participates in local advocacy and information-sharing with other non-profits through meetings, list-serves and referrals.
  • Maintains records in compliance with reporting requirements of any and all grants or agreements.


Qualifications and Requirements:


  • Juris doctor and New York bar admission.
  • A minimum of three or more years with immigration law and practice.
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred; Russian fluency a plus
  • Experience in family court preferred.
  • Excellent analytical, writing and oral skills.
  • Ability to work with clients if a range of backgrounds, with sensitivity to culture, trauma history, age and other vulnerabilities.
  • Ability to work autonomously and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment.




About Us:

HIAS is a global Jewish nonprofit organization working across five continents to ensure that refugees and displaced persons are protected. Throughout the United States, we help refugees reunite with families, resettle and become self-sufficient. Guided by our values and history, we help refugees rebuild their lives in safety and security and advocate to ensure that all displaced people are treated with dignity.


Application Instructions:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to our website,

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