Liberty Defense Project Attorney (WNY)

Agency Description

 Journey’s End is a §501(c)(3) not-for-profit refugee resettlement agency in Buffalo, New York. We are a community-based organization with the mission of providing refugees and immigrants with the resources and support they need to become successful, active and contributing members of our shared community. The Immigration Legal Services (ILS) Program offers immigration legal services to immigrant New Yorkers in need, including representation on matters before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and Buffalo Immigration Court.

Project Description

The New York State Liberty Defense Project (LDP) was launched by Governor Cuomo in 2017 to ensure that immigrant New Yorkers can access the full protections they are afforded under the law. Many individuals facing deportation who are in need of urgent and free legal assistance include lawful permanent residents, asylum seekers and refugees, victims of domestic violence, and other vulnerable New Yorkers. To create the capacity to provide a regional rapid response to address the urgent legal need of any immigrant, as well as provide support to families of those affected, the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) will expand the availability of immigration attorneys in all regions of the state to offer free and expert assistance and direct representation under the LDP.

Job Description

Reporting to the Supervising Attorney, the LDP immigration attorney will assist in carrying out LDP grant objectives and will work to advance the mission of Journey’s End Refugee Services. The LDP immigration attorney will provide outreach, direct immigration legal services, Know Your Rights trainings, and case management services to the immigrant population of Western New York. This position will primarily operate out of Buffalo, NY.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide direct affirmative and defensive immigration legal representation to the immigrant populations of Western New York.
  • Provide an immediate response to urgent requests for immigration assistance, including legal assistance to individuals detained in federal immigration detention facilities including Allegany County Jail and Chautauqua County Jail.
  • Provide Know Your Rights trainings and other workshops throughout Western New York on relevant immigration topics determined by the immigrant community.
  • Develop, sustain, and grow meaningful partnerships with local community groups to organize, host, and conduct outreach for Know Your Rights trainings and other workshops.
  • Provide referrals to appropriate internal agency programs or partner agencies to meet law-related and other needs to family members of deported individuals or those in removal proceedings.
  • Conduct widespread community outreach and coordinate with other ONA projects, including participation in monthly New York State Department of State/ONA webinars.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
Applicants must:

  • Be admitted and remain in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state in the   country or U.S. territory
  • Possess enthusiasm to work on a dynamic and fast-paced Rapid Response Project
  • Be able and willing to travel extensively to all counties throughout Western New York
  • Possess ability to be part of a dedicated team of talented individuals
  • Possess strong communication (written and oral) and advocacy skills

This is a full time and salaried position. Benefits and retirement package are included. Candidates that have three or more years of experience as an attorney, two or more years of immigration law experience, and the ability to communicate in a language other than English are preferred.

Journey's End Refugee Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ the best-qualified personnel without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, gender, gender identity, marital status, or any other reason prohibited by law.

To Apply:
Send resume, cover letter, and three references to jobs@jersbuffalo.org
Please include job title and location in subject of email.
***Incomplete applications will not be considered. ***

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2495 Main Street - Suite 530 - Buffalo, NY 14214
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