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Internships and Careers

Internships

Thank you for your interest in Catholic Migration Service’s internship program.

Current Internship Opportunities
Catholic Migration Services is currently accepting applications from 1L and 2L students for summer 2018 legal internships. Catholic Migration, a non-profit organization associated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, with offices in Queens and Brooklyn, has provided free and low-cost legal advice and representation since 1971. Our legal services – which include assistance with matters involving immigration, housing and employment – are available to low-income New York City residents regardless of religion or immigration status.

Summer legal interns will be responsible for legal research, memorandum writing, factual investigation, development of educational and outreach materials, client interviewing, and a host of other needs that arise at Catholic Migration litigation and advocacy efforts. Internships are unpaid and limited in number.

Applicants should be currently enrolled in an accredited law school, have excellent writing, communications and analytical skill, a strong commitment to social and economic justice, and proficiency in Spanish or one of the Chinese dialects.

Students may seek summer funding from their law school’s student-run public interest organizations and foundations. Interns are expected to work for at least eight (8) to ten (10) weeks during the summer. Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to the address below. Catholic Migration Services will fill summer legal intern positions on a rolling basis; however, we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible to:

Magdalena Barbosa
Managing Attorney, Immigration Workers’ Rights Program
Catholic Migration Services
47-01 Queens Blvd., Suite 203B
Sunnyside, NY 11104
Email: mbarbosa@catholicmigration.org


Careers

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”), a not-for-profit legal services provider affiliated with Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, announces a job opening for a full-time Administrative Assistant. CMS provides free legal services to low-income immigrants residing in Brooklyn and Queens in the areas of immigration, housing and employment law.

The Administrative Assistant will provide critical administrative support to ensure that our two office locations are well organized and operating smoothly. This is for a full-time position based in our Brooklyn office (near Borough Hall), but the Administrative Assistant may be required to periodically work from our Queens office (Sunnyside). The Administrative Assistant must be punctual, well organized, and have the capacity to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Day-to-day office management of facilities, equipment/supply acquisition and maintenance.
• Maintain and manage relationships with vendors and other service providers.
• Troubleshoot minor IT/computer/program/printer/phone/network issues.
• Maintain organizational calendar and logistics for meetings and rooms.
• Assist with administration of our religious worker visa program, which assists religious workers from abroad seeking to work in the Diocese of Brooklyn.
• Provide various assistance for other programs, as needed, including data entry.
• Provide backup assistance to reception. Answer and manage phone calls, provide appropriate requested information to visitors or staff.
• Provide administrative support for fundraising events and other special events.
• Monitor incoming and outgoing mail; receive and sign for mail/packages.
• Assist in processing invoices, past due accounts, deposits, and managing acknowledgment letters.
• Maintain filing system in all our offices as well as offsite.

Requirements:
• Minimum of 4 years relevant experience
• Computer proficiency; Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, required/ Experience with internet research
• Ability and experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and communities.
• Excellent Communication skills required
• College Graduate preferred (minimum of High School diploma)
• Spanish proficiency preferred

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a resume and a list of two professional references to: Erin Fitzgerald, Operations Coordinator at efitzgerald@catholicmigration.org. Please include “Admin Assistant Application” in the subject line.

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SENIOR ATTORNEY – IMMIGRATION
Catholic Migration Services, a nonprofit provider of legal services for low and moderate income residents of Queens and Brooklyn, is seeking a full-time senior attorney for our immigration department.

The senior attorney will counsel and represent individuals before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The senior attorney will also represent individuals in Family Court in guardianship and custody hearings and assist with special outreach events and community-based legal clinics in Brooklyn and Queens. The senior attorney will report to the Supervising Attorney of the Removal Defense Project. This is for a full-time position in our Brooklyn office, but the attorney may be required to work from our Queens office periodically.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide representation and legal advice to clients in removal proceedings before the Executive office for Immigration Review seeking all types of relief, including but not limited to: Asylum, Cancellation of Removal, 212(c), and VAWA;
  • Represent clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals or in any other immigration related federal litigation matters.
  • Represent clients in front of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and in New York State Family Court;
  • Prepare affirmative applications including but not limited to: Asylum, family based petitions, adjustment of status, U visa and T visa applications;
  • Manage caseload and maintain client files in good working order. Maintain and update case list and client and case information in case management database;
  • Participate in CMS staff meeting and case reviews;
  • Attend USCIS and EOIR stakeholder meetings and local practitioner working group meeting as required;
  • Report on outcomes and demographic information for grants, and;
  • Assist in outreach and educational events;
  • Assist in the supervision of interns.

Qualifications:

  • Admission to the New York State Bar;
  • 5+ years of previous experience practicing in Immigration Law is required;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest work;
  • Excellent written, oral and analytical skills;
  • Fluency in written and oral Spanish preferred;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Basic computer skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently; and
  • Ability and experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and communities.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, list of three professional references and two writing samples to: Sharone Kaufman, Managing Attorney at Skaufman@catholicmigration.org. Please include “Senior Attorney Application” in the subject line.

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PARALEGAL – IMMIGRATION UNIT
Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”), a nonprofit provider of legal services for low and moderate income residents of Queens and Brooklyn, is seeking a full-time paralegal for our Immigration Unit.

The paralegal will work with our Removal Defense Project (RDP) attorneys and other staff to support their work in representing individuals before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Family Court. The RDP team currently consists of six attorneys. This is for a full-time position in our Brooklyn office, but the paralegal may be required to work from our Queens office periodically. Travel to other locations within New York City also may occur periodically.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Preparing immigration applications, affidavits and other supporting documents under attorney supervision;
  • Copying, scanning, and otherwise assisting in the preparation of client application packages for relief from removal, and immigration benefits;
  • Conducting interviews with clients and their family to gather information, including to prepare draft declarations and letters of support under attorney supervision;
  • Retrieving records such as birth certificates, criminal histories, tax records, and medical records;
  • Organizing and maintaining files;
  • Maintaining information in LLX-our case management system;
  • Submitting court and USCIS filings;
  • Conducting country conditions and other factual research;
  • Manage caseload and maintain client files in good working order. Maintain and update case list and client and case information in case management database;
  • Participate in CMS staff meeting and case reviews;
  • Assist in outreach and educational events; and
  • Providing additional support as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Prior or related experience preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest work;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Fluency in written and oral Spanish preferred;
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills;
  • Basic computer skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently; and
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, list of two professional references and a writing sample to: Sharone Kaufman, Managing Attorney at Skaufman@catholicmigration.org. Please include “Immigration Paralegal” in the subject line.

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STAFF ATTORNEY – IMMIGRATION
Catholic Migration Services, a nonprofit provider of legal services for low and moderate income residents of Queens and Brooklyn, is seeking a full-time staff attorney for our immigration department.

The staff attorney will counsel and represent individuals before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The staff attorney will also represent individuals in Family Court in guardianship and custody hearings and assist with special outreach events and community-based legal clinics in Brooklyn and Queens. The staff attorney will report to the Supervising Attorney of the Removal Defense Project. This is for a full-time position in our Brooklyn office, but the attorney may be required to work from our Queens office periodically.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide representation and legal advice to clients in removal proceedings before the Executive office for Immigration Review seeking all types of relief, including but not limited to: Asylum, Cancellation of Removal, 212(c), and VAWA;
  • Represent clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals or in any other immigration related federal litigation matters.
  • Represent clients in front of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and in New York State Family Court;
  • Prepare affirmative applications including but not limited to: Asylum, family based petitions, adjustment of status, U visa and T visa applications;
  • Manage caseload and maintain client files in good working order. Maintain and update case list and client and case information in case management database;
  • Participate in CMS staff meeting and case reviews;
  • Attend USCIS and EOIR stakeholder meetings and local practitioner working group
    meeting as required;
  • Report on outcomes and demographic information for grants, and;
  • Assist in outreach and educational events.

Qualifications:

  • Admission to the New York State Bar;
  • 2-4 years of previous experience practicing in Immigration Law is required;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest work;
  • Excellent written, oral and analytical skills;
  • Fluency in written and oral Spanish;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Basic computer skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently; and
  • Ability and experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and communities.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, list of three professional references and two writing samples to: Sharone Kaufman, Managing Attorney at Skaufman@catholicmigration.org Please include “Staff Attorney Application” in the subject line.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

As an organization committed to serving and meeting the needs of all people, and pursuant to the requirements of City, State and Federal anti-discrimination laws, Catholic Migration Services provides equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination based on any characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws, including but not limited to race; creed; color; national origin; sex; age; religion; gender; disability; genetic information; pregnancy; marital status; sexual orientation; citizenship status; caregiver status; AIDS/HIV status; military status or service; domestic violence, stalking or sex offense victim status; transgendered status; or gender identity.