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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.