Staff Attorney

New York City Anti-Violence Project | New York, New York


The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is seeking a full-time staff attorney who will focus on providing legal services, with an emphasis on immigration matters, to Asian Pacific Islander, Muslim/Middle Eastern and South Asian LGBTQ survivors of violence.

AVP envisions a world in which all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and HIV-affected people are safe, respected, and live free from violence. AVP’s mission is to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and support survivors through counseling and advocacy.

Job Summary


AVP has developed a legal program addressing the legal needs of LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of intimate partner, sexual violence, hate violence and institutional violence. AVP is hiring an attorney to provide legal advocacy and representation to LGBTQ and HIV-affected community members who are survivors of primarily hate violence.

Reports To

Legal Services Director


Legal Services and Advocacy

  • Conduct client intake.
  • Provide advice and referrals, and representation.
  • Provide Know Your Rights trainings to community members.
  • Maintain records in office database.
  • Reach out to, build relationships with and work in coalition with service and advocacy groups.
  • Participate in internal and external coalitions and committees as appropriate.
  • Refer clients to AVP’s Client Services and Community Organizing and Public Advocacy (COPA) services and programs as appropriate.
  • Work with COPA staff and organizational partners to identify ways to address the needs of LGBTQ immigrant survivors of violence through education, advocacy and organizing.


  • Attend weekly supervision with the Director of Legal Services.
  • Attend departmental and full-staff meetings.
  • Attend in-service trainings and external trainings/seminars as appropriate.
  • Assist with and attend AVP signature events.
  • Participate in AVP committees and workgroups, as needed.


  • Document program activity in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Maintain complete and organized case files.
  • Enter all data accurately and in a timely manner into the Legal Department database.
  • Adhere to all grant reporting requirements.
  • Maintain confidentiality and professionalism when handling sensitive information and situations.

Other Duties as Directed by Supervisors


  • Minimum Juris Doctor and admission to practice in New York State.
  • Demonstrated interest in public interest law.
  • Experience with immigration law.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working to end violence within and against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities.
  • Bilingual preferred.



How to Apply

Send Resume, cover letter and a writing sample by:

  • Email (preferred): Jessie Pimentel at (put “Staff Attorney” in subject line of email); or
  • Mail: New York City Anti-Violence Project, Attn: Jessie Pimentel, 116 Nassau Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10038 or by fax to: 212.714.2627.
  • No phone calls please.
  • Candidates will be notified if we are seeking an interview; because of high volume of responses it may not possible to respond to all inquiries.
New York City Anti-Violence Project