Staff Attorney

New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
New York
Mission Statement: 

Our Mission:AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy. Our Vision:AVP envisions a world in which all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected people are safe, respected, and live free from violence. 

Position Description: 

PRIMARY FUNCTIONSAVP has developed a holistic legal program serving LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of intimate partner, sexual violence, hate violence and institutional violence.  Our staff provides direct civil legal services with matters pertaining to family law, eviction prevention, discrimination, immigration and legal name change.  AVP is hiring an attorney who will have a primary focus on immigration matters. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESLegal Services• Conduct client intake.• Provide advice and referrals, and representation.• Provide Know Your Rights trainings to community members.• Maintain records in office database.• Work in coalition with 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. Program-Related Attend weekly supervision with the Director of Legal Services.• Attend full-staff meetings.• Attend in-service trainings and external trainings/seminars as appropriate.• Assist with and attend AVP signature events. 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.
Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 23, 2018
Application Instructions: 

Send Resume, cover letter and a writing sample by:

  • Email (preferred):  Jessie Pimentel at jpimentel [at] (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.


Jessie Pimentel
Country/US Territory: 
United States