Immigration Paralegal

Brentwood, New York
May 04, 2021
Jun 03, 2021
Job Function
Position Type
Full Time

Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Make the Road New York operates community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island; Brentwood, Long Island and White Plains, Westchester County. With a membership of over 24,000, MRNY tackles the critical issues facing our communities, including workplace justice, tenants’ rights, immigrant and civil rights, public education, health care access, policing, and TGNCIQ justice. (TGNCIQ = transgender, gender non-conforming, intersex and queer)


MRNY is a multi-service organization.  Our member-led organizing committees -- which work on the issues named above -- implement strategies to combat shared problems, and develop leadership and the capacity for civic participation. We also provide an array of high-quality bilingual services: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Spanish-language literacy, computer literacy, citizenship preparation, and in-school and after-school youth programs. Our health program offers facilitated enrollment into health insurance programs and SNAP benefits, a community health worker home visit program, nutrition education and emergency food pantries, health care navigation, and more. We have a robust legal program that offers direct representation across a spectrum of practice areas, including employment law, immigration law, housing and benefits, and TGNCIQ civil rights; we also take on impact litigation as a strategy for achieving broad change. 


Legal and Support Services at Make the Road New York:


The Department of Legal and Support Services at MRNY works to strengthen the organization’s organizing work by (1) helping to envision and implement strategies (including strategic litigation) that support our organizing campaigns; (2) providing technical legal support for policy work; and (3) providing legal and support services to meet the immediate needs of the community members who MRNY serves. The Department currently employs approximately 45 attorneys, advocates, and case managers. Our legal team is integrated into all aspects of the organization’s work.


Current Opening: 


Make the Road New York seeks a full-time, bilingual (Spanish and English) Paralegal/Advocate to join our Immigration Legal Team, supporting our Long Island membership. While we continue to work mostly remotely, the position is based out of our Brentwood office. 


Job Responsibilities will Include:


  • Managing high-volume community intake (including prompt follow-up, screening, referrals, clinic scheduling, organizer communication, and data management. Supporting the office's immigration attorney(s) in their case work (including through evidentiary collection, research, filings, and client communication) Managing a caseload of affirmative and defensive immigration matters, especially once accredited by the Department of Justice  Data entry in internal and external data management systems, including Salesforce; creating and maintaining physical and electronic files for clients; and cooperating with grant reporting requirements  Providing other support for MRNY’s organizing and advocacy work, such as assisting in clinics and community education efforts, including through the creation of written materials, KYR presentations, popular education workshops  Continuously building an understanding of movement lawyering techniques, emerging immigration legal strategies, and racialized capitalism Participating in team, department, and organization-wide meetings and initiatives

 Minimum Requirements:


  • Eligibility to work in the U.S. Spanish language fluency Interpersonal and organizational skills of the highest caliber Experience working with or as a member of communities that make up major portions of MRNY’s membership and client base: documented and undocumented immigrants, low-income workers, survivors of domestic violence, TGNCIQ people, those who have interacted with the criminal legal system, and youth Excellent writing skills and careful attention to detail Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment Flexible schedule and availability for occasional weekend work

Preferred, but Not Required:


  • Bachelor’s Degree Experience working in immigration legal services, DOJ accreditation is a plus Experience working in a community setting 

Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary is based on a scale set by a democratically-elected personnel committee and will depend on factors such as experience and education. Generous package of vacation, personal and sick days. Excellent health and dental coverage and family leave policies.


How to Apply:


Please apply with a cover letter, resume, and writing sample in Make the Road New York's career center.


MRNY is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse staff. Women, TGNCIQ people, people with disabilities, and BIPOC strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, disability or marital status.   


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