The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is Hiring a Staff Attorney: Immigrant Justice Project
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. We seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.
SRLP’s Direct Services Team
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) is hiring a staff attorney or BIA accredited representative in the Immigrant Justice Project to join our Direct Services Team. The individual would share co-director responsibilities with the Director of Client Services, Director of the Prisoner Justice Project & the Director of Survival & Self-Determination.
The Direct Services Team (DST) of SRLP consists of three projects: Immigrant Justice Project (IJP), Survival & Self-Determination Project (S&S) and the Prisoner Justice Project (PJP). Uniting these projects is our Director of Client Services who works with both clients and attorneys to provide holistic services.
In our Survival and Self-Determination Project, we advocate for safe and accessible health care, represent community members seeking name changes and updated identity documents; and assist people seeking other services necessary for survival, like housing and government benefits.
SRLP’s Prisoner Justice Project advocates on behalf of our incarcerated community members to address prison conditions, safety issues, access to health care, name changes and placement issues. In addition, the Prisoner Justice Project provides courtroom advocacy and re-entry assistance where possible.
Our Immigrant Justice Project works with community members seeking adjustment of status, naturalization, asylum, U-visas, T-visas, employment authorization documents, and name & gender marker changes on immigration documents.
All DST staff participate in the creation and maintaining of public education documents, including speaking at conferences and providing cultural competency trainings to providers and government agencies. All three project areas also identify policy-specific implementations they wish to influence and work in coalition with allied organizations to change oppressive laws and internal policies.
Job Description: Director of the Immigrant Justice Project
The director will provide direct services, public education, policy work, and community organizing support to advance the rights of transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people. Responsibilities include all aspects of providing direct services to a caseload of indigent clients; negotiating with agencies to change policies impacting our immigrant community members; drafting know your rights materials and conducting trainings of community members and service providers; supervising legal interns; and supporting campaigns of community organizing projects through such means as coordinating legal observing for actions or conducting on-site clinics. The individual will also share general administrative and collective-wide duties with other staff. Because SRLP is a non-hierarchical organization with no Executive Director, all staff members play a key role in daily operations, organizational development and governance.
The applicant should possess the following qualifications:
· Law degree and Admission to practice (preferably in NY) OR B.I.A. Accreditation at a previous organization, with a willingness to get re-accredited at SRLP as soon as possible.
· At least 1-3 years of experience as an attorney or as an accredited B.I.A. representative
· Familiarity with low-income transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming communities of color
· Significant experience with immigration law
· Supervision experience
· Experience providing direct legal services clients in crisis
· Commitment to gender self-determination and racial and economic justice
· Willingness to work in a collective environment with consensus-based decision-making
· Experience negotiating with government agencies
Highly Desired Additional Qualifications
· 3-5 years of experience as an attorney or B.I.A. accredited representative preferred
· Fluency in Spanish and English
· Public speaking experience
Consistent with our values as a collective, all full-time staff are paid the same base annual salary, currently $54,101. Generous benefits package includes 3 weeks of vacation time, medical and dental benefits, and payment of professional fees.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (please do not exceed ten pages) to the Hiring Committee via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Immigration Justice Project.” Application materials can be mailed to: Attn: Hiring Committee, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, 147 W. 24th St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011. E-mail strongly preferred for submission. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of April 30, 2016. Preferable start date: JUNE 1st, 2016.