The Anti-Trafficking Program (ATP) Supervising Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to survivors of human trafficking, supervises at least three staff attorneys and up to two legal interns or fellows at any given time. The Supervising Attorney works closely with the program’s Senior Director to achieve various program objectives.
Essential Job Functions:
- Supervises staff attorneys, legal volunteers and legal interns.
- Participates in monthly multidisciplinary team meetings for social worker and legal teams to coordinate on client cases and advocacy strategies.
- Assists with developing legal team policies and procedures, including but not limited to confidentiality and privilege.
- Conducts in-depth interviews with small number of clients to assess potential immigration relief as well as other legal needs, including eligibility for T-visas, U-visas, asylum, and other forms of relief.
- Seeks immigration remedies on behalf of small number of clients. Prepares T and U Visa applications, Adjustment of Status applications, asylum applications, consular processing, and other forms of relief.
- Represents clients in removal proceedings, when needed.
- Provides information and options to clients related to the criminal justice system.
- Prepares clients for court appearances, accompanies client to interviews with law enforcement agents, and provides other criminal justice advocacy as needed.
- Drafts all legal documents and makes court appearances with clients, when necessary.
- Coordinates with internal program social workers, external social providers, and law enforcement personnel.
- Maintains clients’ case files and all internal data logs and ensures accurate and complete data entry for all staff attorneys.
- Maintains monthly statistical reports documenting case representation, provision of legal advocacy and referrals, including statistical data provided to funders.
- Actively participate in weekly staff meetings with a small and dynamic team.
- Various other duties to be determined by Senior Director.
- Three staff attorneys
- One or two legal interns, at any given time
Knowledge and Skills:
- Must possess strong oral and written communications skills, including the ability to convey legal concepts to lay people.
- The ability to prepare routine reports, court documents, case notes, legal briefs, pleadings and correspondence in a clear, concise and effective manner is essential.
- Must be creative and have critical thinking skills.
- Must be a persuasive and effective public speaker.
- Must possess demonstrated appropriate communications skills for a variety of audiences including client populations, colleagues, law enforcement, and local, state and federal lawmakers.
- Problem-solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building and organizational skills are essential.
- Strong networking skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with various individuals, organizations and government agencies is essential.
- Bilingual oral and written fluency in Spanish preferred; additional language fluency desirable.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
- Demonstrated leadership skills.
- Willing to participate in a learning community.
- Excellent interpersonal skills-must have the ability to be assertive.
- Ability to work under pressure in a calm and reassuring manner.
- Must be a team player plus and be able to work with minimum supervisory oversight.
- Flexible, willing to work evenings, and weekends as needed.
- Organized and detail oriented.
- Computer literate (including Microsoft Word, Excel)
Must have a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an accredited law school and be admitted to a state bar.
- Must have 5-7 years of experience providing direct legal services in human trafficking field, including extensive experience preparing T and U visa applications, green card applications, and working on adjustments of status for foreign nationals, and representing US Citizens in non-immigration proceedings, i.e. criminal justice advocacy.
- Must have at least 2-3 years of legal supervisory experience with staff attorneys in a substantive context in the immigration and/or human trafficking field, including providing regular individual and group supervision to legal staff.
- Must be well versed in keeping up to date with breaking policy and legal developments in the trafficking field as it relates to representing human trafficking survivors in their immigration relief and criminal justice advocacy, and able to adapt internal policies and procedures accordingly.
- Familiarity with legal services, resources and procedures available to immigrant communities in New York City preferred.
- Must have experience working in social justice and/or human rights fields and be familiar with the underlying social issues impacting survivors of human trafficking, violent crime, domestic violence, torture, and/or flight from persecution in other countries.
- Prior experience working with immigrant populations and/or crime victim populations preferred.
- Strong interpersonal relationship and crisis management skills.
- A sound knowledge of victimization issues.
- Individual must have the ability to work in a crisis-driven setting.
- The ability to balance administrative responsibilities, client needs and task management skills are required.
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