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Temporary Full-time Legal Advocate

The Peter Cicchino Youth Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City is seeking a temporary full-time Legal Advocate from approximately September 2017 through January 2017, to support the Project during staff transitions. PCYP works to meet the civil and criminal legal needs of homeless and street-involved youth under the age of 25, with a special focus on LGBTQQ youth. By providing direct legal services, community education, systemic advocacy, and case management services, PCYP strives to interrupt the cycles of poverty and criminalization that prevent homeless and street-involved young people from living their best lives.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage a client caseload, which includes providing advocacy, referrals and accompaniment to assist clients in obtaining identity documents, and other documents or records needed to support their civil or criminal cases;
  • Communicating with clients by phone and written correspondence about the status and development of their cases, and creating and maintaining client files;
  • Performing legal and administrative support tasks for PCYP including filing court papers, serving legal documents, and completing forms;
  • Scheduling and coordinating new client intakes, including staffing of off-site clinics (within New York City);
  • Providing referrals and resources to youth incarcerated out-of-state;
  • Investigating criminal cases as needed, including locating witnesses, conducting interviews, canvassing for video surveillance, obtaining written statements, performing criminal background checks, reviewing crime scenes, conducting social media searches, preparing trial exhibits and testifying in court when necessary;
  • Providing occasional interpretation or translation services as needed.

Qualifications:

  • B.A. Degree or experience navigating through any of the following agencies or systems: immigration, HRA, foster care, shelter system, criminal legal, or social security;
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is required. Fluency in another language, particularly Haitian Creole or American Sign Language, would be advantageous.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Highly organized and detail oriented;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to thrive in an independent work environment, while also being capable of asking for support, when needed;
  • Desire to engage in consensus decision-making.

Background:

PCYP is one of 12 projects of the Urban Justice Center (UJC). UJC serves some of New York City's most marginalized residents through a combination of direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and public education. Our client population of homeless and street-involved young people under the age of 25 in New York City, as well as youth who are incarcerated in New York State, are in frequent need of access to health care, identity documents, public benefits, immigration assistance and other civil legal services. Because of the way their lives are policed, they also require criminal legal services. Our unique organizational structure is intended to foster creativity, excellence and meaningful results.

Position Start Date, Salary and Compensation:

The position will begin as soon as possible, hopefully starting in September 2017 and continuing through January 2018. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package.

As a project, we are committed to capping caseloads to ensure that high-needs clients receive comprehensive legal services and to support our staff in maintaining a work-life balance.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Project Director Lee Strock at lstrock@urbanjustice.org with the subject line “Legal Advocate.” Only applicants whom we wish to interview will be contacted.

PCYP is an equal opportunity employer. Persons of color, transgender, lesbian, bisexual and queer people, persons with disabilities, persons who have lived in poverty, immigrants, persons with criminal legal contact and people fluent in more than one language are strongly encouraged to apply.


PCYP is accepting applications from law students seeking legal internships for the Fall of 2017.

PCYP’s internship program provides interns with unique exposure to a wide-variety of cases, under careful and supportive supervision. Interns work closely with staff attorneys and clients on a range of cases, including name changes and updating identity documents, affirmative and defensive immigration applications (primarily Special Immigrant Juvenile, Asylum, U and T visas), assisting clients in criminal court, public assistance advocacy, and prisoner’s rights.

Based on interns’ interests and programmatic needs, potential work could include:

·        Staffing weekly legal clinics at homeless drop-in centers;

·        Working with clients to develop affidavits to support their immigration applications;

·        Representing clients in Name Change Court under our student practice order;

·        Conducting direct examination of a client seeking special immigrant juvenile status in Family Court;

·        Preparing immigration applications;

·        Representing clients in administrative hearings regarding their food stamps and/or public assistance;

·        Assisting clients to update their name and gender marker on identity documents;

·        Advocating for incarcerated clients to received appropriate medical care or challenge conditions of their confinement;

·        Helping clients to navigate the criminal justice system, including accompanying them to court with PCYP’s criminal defense attorney, conducting investigations and interviewing witnesses, obtaining criminal histories, and advocating with public defenders to get resolutions that do not impact a client’s immigration status, and;

·        Research projects, as needed.

Applicants should have excellent writing, research, and interpersonal skills and an awareness of the systemic barriers facing our diverse client and constituent populations. Applicants who speak additional languages other than English are preferred.

To apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume to Lee Strock at lstrock@urbanjustice.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until positions filled, but we encourage you to apply early. Please note that applicants must seek outside funding from their law schools or other funders. We are happy to support these efforts.

The PCYP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as transgender or gender-non conforming, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ applicants, immigrants, and formerly incarcerated persons to apply.