Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services are virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 350 impacted the lives of nearly 113,000 people last year.
NYLAG seeks a highly motivated, full‐time paralegal to support our work under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP). This project provides universal representation to immigrants in removal proceedings who were detained in upstate New York and whose cases have been transferred to New York City, as well as supporting collateral affirmative applications. Under the supervision of an attorney, the NYIFUP paralegal will contact individuals who are eligible for assistance; field referrals from partners; make appointments; support preparation of evidence and testimony for removal proceedings; track and collect data; and file affirmative applications. Applicants must be prepared to handle a high volume of correspondence and cases, and interact with clients in a trauma-informed and professional manner.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Conduct pre-screening of clients for basic eligibility requirements, track contacts made, and collect documents;
- Screen clients for eligibility for immigration relief.
- Assist clients to obtain the documents necessary to apply for relief, fill out appropriate forms, and follow up with clients via phone, mail and email;
- Support legal research and draft legal documents under attorney supervision.
- Interview clients and witnesses, as appropriate, and assist in preparing forms, affidavits, and other supporting documents to be submitted to USCIS or the Immigration Court.
- Manage data entry in internal and external data management systems and assist with generating reports;
- Assist unit attorneys and case handlers with document translation and verbal interpretation;
- Assist unit attorneys in evidence preparation;
- Provide internal referrals for financial counseling and other wraparound services, and external referrals to partner organizations;
- Maintain regular contact with NYIFUP staff;
- Any other job duties as required.
- Bachelor’s Degree required
- Fluency in Spanish is required
- 1-2 years of immigration experience strongly preferred, but not required
- Ability to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, manage multiple tasks
- and creatively problem solve
- Experience working with immigrant communities of color, including LGBTQIA+, youth, and survivors of violence
- Excellent written, oral and analytical skills
- Excellent time and project management skills
- Commitment to social justice and anti-racism
NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.
☒ Entry Level
NYLAG is a unionized workplace, and salaries are set pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement. The current salary range for this position is between $51,289-53,298.
Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, 401k, life insurance, long term disability, commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts (FSA) for Medical and Dependent care.
Application Instructions: Please save resume and cover letter on one pdf.
Covid Vaccination Policy:Please note, to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and clients, NYLAG requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption is approved.
NYLAG is committed to a hybrid work policy for staff whose work does not require their full-time presence in the office. NYLAG’s current policy is that most staff are required to work in NYLAG’s offices or do other in-person work at least two days each week. This policy is subject to change.