The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) envisions a world in which all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and HIV-affected people are safe, respected, and live free from violence. AVP’s mission is to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and support survivors through counseling and advocacy.
PRIMARY FUNCTIONS AVP has developed a legal program addressing the legal needs of LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of intimate partner, sexual violence, hate violence and institutional violence. AVP is hiring an attorney to provide legal advocacy and representation to LGBTQ and HIV-affected community members who are survivors of primarily hate violence. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Legal Services and Advocacy Conduct client intake. Provide advice and referrals, and representation. Provide Know Your Rights trainings to community members. Maintain records in office database. Reach out to, build relationships with and work in coalition with service and advocacy groups. Participate in internal and external coalitions and committees as appropriate. Refer clients to AVP’s Client Services and Community Organizing and Public Advocacy (COPA) services and programs as appropriate. Work with COPA staff and organizational partners to identify ways to address the needs of LGBTQ immigrant survivors of violence through education, advocacy and organizing. Program-Related Attend weekly supervision with the Director of Legal Services. Attend departmental and full-staff meetings. Attend in-service trainings and external trainings/seminars as appropriate. Assist with and attend AVP signature events. Participate in AVP committees and workgroups, as needed. Administrative Document program activity in a timely and appropriate manner. Maintain complete and organized case files. Enter all data accurately and in a timely manner into the Legal Department database. Adhere to all grant reporting requirements. Maintain confidentiality and professionalism when handling sensitive information and situations. Other Duties as Directed by Supervisors.
Minimum Juris Doctor and admission to practice in New York State. Demonstrated interest in public interest law. Experience with immigration law. Excellent research and writing skills. Demonstrated commitment to working to end violence within and against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities. Bilingual preferred.
Send Resume, cover letter and a writing sample by: Email (preferred): Jessie Pimentel at jpimentel [at] avp.org (put “Staff Attorney” in subject line of email); or Mail: New York City Anti-Violence Project, Attn: Jessie Pimentel, 116 Nassau Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10038 or by fax to: 212.714.2627. No phone calls please. Candidates will be notified if we are seeking an interview; because of high volume of responses it may not possible to respond to all inquiries. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT MATERIALS FOR CONSIDERATION: candidates will be considered on a rolling basis.