Attorney

Job Type:
full-time
Job Short Description:
SWP is seeking an Attorney with fluent Spanish, Mandarin or Korean, for a full-time grant funded position, to provide non-judgmental comprehensive legal services to clients who have been or are involved in the sex industries or are victims of human trafficking or related trauma and participate in community trainings and relationship building.
Job Summary & Qualifications:
  • Ability to speak Spanish,  Mandarin, or Korean fluently
  • Admitted to practice law in New York State preferred.  Law graduates awaiting admission to the bar or attorneys admitted in other jurisdictions awaiting admission in New York will also be considered. 
  • At least two years’ experience in representing clients in immigration matters
  • Familiarity with principles of trauma and how to work with people who have experienced trauma, as well as a demonstrated capacity to work from a human rights and anti-oppression framework
  • Significant public speaking (trainings and workshops to diverse audiences)
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Demonstrated expertise in working with a variety of systems diplomatically and effectively
  • Ability to work collaboratively, to take leadership, and to take direction from a supervisor
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks, work independently, assess priorities and take initiative
  • Passion for the Sex Workers’ Project mission and a commitment to criminal justice reform 
  • Demonstrated experience with LGBTIQ communities
Responsibilities:
  • Provide free, non-judgmental comprehensive legal services to clients who have been or are involved in the sex industries or are victims of human trafficking or related trauma and participate in community trainings and relationship building.
  • Represent clients in immigration proceedings and related matters, including helping clients apply for asylum or T visas.
  • If workload permits, assist eligible clients with vacating qualifying criminal convictions, pursuant to NYS trafficking victims’ vacatur statutes.
  • Work collaboratively with SWP social services staff, to ensure clients’ basic social service needs are being met, in order to provide them with more security during pending legal proceedings.
  • Keep accurate records for all cases, using confidential database, and provide case information when necessary for grant funding or other funding reports.
  • Conduct outreach across diverse settings, including at community-based organizations, law enforcement and courts to identify those who have been trafficked as well as sex workers in need of social/legal services and provide technical assistance on best practices for these agencies
  • Participate in and/or lead coalitions, panels, trainings and task forces to build and maintain  alliances with the larger anti-trafficking and sex workers advocacy networks, including on the local, regional, statewide and occasionally international levels
  • Write occasional letters of inquiry for funding and/or participate in fundraising as requested by Project Director
Benefits/Compensation:
Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The Urban Justice Center offers a flexible work environment and a highly competitive benefits package that includes vacation, personal, and sick time; medical and dental coverage; vision and gym reimbursements; and a 401(k) plan.
How to Apply:
Submit a one-page cover letter addressed to SWP Staff, resume, and list of three professional references as a single .PDF document to mbanderson@urbanjustice.org with “Attorney Application” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of anticipated applications, we cannot respond to any unless selected for further consideration. The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status, or marital status. This is a bargaining unit position, represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW Local 2230 People of color, LGBTQI individuals, individuals who have personal experiences with poverty, experiences in sex work, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Project Description:

Created in December 2001, the Sex Workers Project is the first program in New York City and in the country to focus on the provision of legal services, legal training, documentation, and policy advocacy for sex workers.

UJC Description:

The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Our 11 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.