Health Justice and Immigration Staff Attorney/Project Manager

August 24, 2022

Health Justice, Immigrant Justice, News

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks an Immigration Staff Attorney/Project Manager in our Health Justice program.

 

About the Health Justice Program

The Health Justice (HJ) program brings a racial justice and immigrant rights focus to healthcare advocacy in New York City and State. In partnership with individuals and community-based organizations, we use a wide range of advocacy tools – including community organizing, coalition-building, individual representation, impact litigation, and legislative advocacy – to advance four broad goals: (1) combat the human rights crisis in immigration detention; (2) promote immigrant access to healthcare; (3) eliminate racial and ethnic discrimination and systemic and institutional barriers that limit New Yorkers access to healthcare; and (4) address the social determinants of health so that all New Yorkers can live a healthy life. Current campaigns focus on advancing the rights of people confined to immigration detention, including the right to access necessary care, and advocating for their release; providing immigration representation and health advocacy for undocumented and uninsured immigrants with serious health conditions; providing immigration representation and health advocacy for undocumented immigrants who identify as transgender, gender-nonconforming, or intersex; improving access to medical care for people with disabilities; and addressing social determinants of health, including outreach and education on health-related matters.

 

About the Role:

The Immigration Staff Attorney/Project Manager will significantly contribute to the “UndocuCare” campaign, which provides immigration representation to undocumented and seriously-ill New Yorkers so as to make them eligible to enroll in state-funded health insurance; provide supervision for that team; as well as contribute to the Health Justice Program.

They will engage in legal, policy, and administrative advocacy, as well as community organizing and outreach, coalition-building, and media work. The Staff Attorney/Program Manager will spend a significant portion of their time leading NYLPI’s “UndocuCare” campaign. Responsibilities include direct immigration representation for a limited number of people with serious health conditions; analyzing health and immigration intakes completed by advocates and interns; performing outreach and education and coordinating screening clinics where valuable; strategizing campaign goals as well as structure and processes; and developing systemic solutions informed by individual client work. The Attorney/Project Manager will participate in high-impact policy advocacy to promote access to healthcare for undocumented New Yorkers and will have a central role on the Coverage 4 All Steering Committee.  The Staff Attorney/Project Manager will also have the opportunity to develop their own initiatives to address community needs and to step in where issues arise in other health justice campaigns as desired, such as improving access to healthcare in immigration detention and reforming the City’s response to people experiencing mental health crises. The Staff Attorney/Project Manager will work both independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community organizers, and communications and lobbying experts.

 

About UndocuCare:

The UndocuCare campaign developed out of a great unmet need in New York City. Since its creation, NYLPI’s team has become deeply knowledgeable about the intersection of immigration and health and has developed a practice taking on complex cases in a holistic manner.  Two years ago, the campaign expanded to include the TGNCI+ project, that provides direct legal services to transgender, gender-nonconforming, intersex (TGNCI) and undocumented individuals living with HIV by filing for viable relief, including asylum, U- and T-visas, and family-based applications. The team includes the Attorney/Project Manager, Staff Attorney, Law Graduate, Health Justice Advocate, Intake Coordinator and legal and social work interns, and it receives support from NYLPI’s other attorneys, advocates, and community organizers. Although leading the “UndocuCare” work will be an important aspect of the position, it will not be the sole advocacy engagement.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Attorney in good standing and licensed to practice law in New York or eligible for admission to the New York bar at the time of hiring (must be admitted within one year of hire)
  • Significant experience representing clients in affirmative immigration applications and petitions such as asylum, I-130 and I-485 petitions, U- and T- Nonimmigrant status, and deferred action
  • Commitment to healthcare advocacy
  • Excellent writing, analytic and public speaking skills and ability to be flexible in approach and strategy
  • Excellent leadership skills, strategic judgment, entrepreneurial spirit, and the drive to originate and effectuate challenging campaigns

Preferred:

  • Fluency in a second language preferred, fluency in Spanish strongly preferred
  • Exposure to healthcare systems and/or Medicaid a plus
  • Experience working with coalitions of community members and community-based organizations highly valued
  • Experience with defensive immigration practice a plus
  • Experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community.

 

About NYLPI

For more than 40 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate partnering with communities fighting a legacy of marginalization based on race, immigration status, poverty, neighborhood pollution, and disabilities. NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. These communities shape our priorities, and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions. Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation and individual representation, policy advocacy, media, pro bono partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice. We strive to secure environmental justice for disadvantaged communities, create equal access to health care, achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, ensure immigrant opportunity, and strengthen local nonprofits. To learn more about NYLPI, visit www.nylpi.org

NYLPI offers a competitive salary based on years of experience, for example an attorney with three to six years would earn $83,500 to $91,500. NYLPI offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including health insurance, short- and long-term disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan, fifteen (15) days of vacation during the first year of employment, and a holiday swapping policy to allow for the observation of holidays of your choice.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please email applications to [email protected] with the subject line “Attention: Immigration Staff Attorney Position.” Applications must include:

  1. Detailed cover letter explaining how you learned of this position, your interest, passion, and experience, with a specific answer to the following required question: How have your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and diversity, equity, and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences. Please also reference in your cover letter where you saw this posting.
  2. Resume
  3. Legal writing sample

We strongly encourage candidates fluent in multiple languages and candidates from historically oppressed groups to apply. We are committed to advancing social justice and civil rights in our advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity, equity, and inclusion bring to the work and culture of our organization. We strive to promote behaviors, attitudes and policies that enable us to work inclusively and effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers, and community partners. We actively recruit and seek to grow and maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

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