Job Title: New York State Family Security Project Law Student Member
Team: Immigration and Refugee Program
Location: New York, NY
Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit organization working to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. CWS believes that one of the greatest things we can do is to help people find a home again, whether that is through resettlement to another country, helping them find legal status where they are or helping them to feel safe in their communities. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, use of a guide or support animal, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
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Once you have secured an AmeriCorps JD service placement at your host organization, apply to be enrolled in the AmeriCorps JD program through our Student Application Manager. More information is available at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/americorpsjd.
The New York State Family Security Project will engage 106 law students to serve as AmeriCorps members around the state of New York who are focused on fostering family security and community education through the delivery of high-quality legal services.
AmeriCorps JD: New York State Family Security Project
New York State Family Security Project law student members will improve family stability and community safety in the state of New York through direct immigration legal services or by providing general civil legal services to members of immigrant communities related to issues such as housing, public benefits, family law, and other areas of legal need. They may also support staff attorneys with representing clients in immigration court and before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); screening, intake and preparing applications; providing brief legal advice and legal aid; educating the community on the impact of evolving immigration law and policy; and engaging pro bono attorneys to provide legal assistance to immigrants and their families.
Attitude and General Responsibilities
- Support program staff, your supervisor, and administrative staff in duties as appropriate and necessary.
- Consult with your supervisor if you have any ideas, issues, or concerns, offering analysis and solutions whenever possible.
- Practice sound health habits, including getting sufficient rest, to effectively perform the position requirements.
- Respect confidentiality of clients, staff, and other AmeriCorps members.
- Make connections with individuals and volunteers in the community for program outreach and program enhancement.
- Assist AmeriCorps members and staff in programming and activities
- Train and assist volunteers when appropriate.
- Assist attorneys by conducting legal research, attending meetings and drafting immigration legal documents.
- Observe client interviews and work directly with clients to complete forms to be submitted to Citizenship and Immigration Services, and/or the State Department.
- Participate in community outreach to promote awareness of immigration legal issues.
- Develop creative education and advocacy tools relating to immigration laws in the United States.
- Review cases and note eligibility for immigration benefits.
- Help organize and participate in immigration clinics.
Citizenship training and responsibilities
- Participate in AmeriCorps training and national service events as required and requested by the New York State Commission on National and Community Service
- Participate in orientation training.
- Participate in substantive legal issue training as provided by Equal Justice Works
Skill requirements: Essential functions include the ability to:
- Quickly and accurately obtain information and be professional.
- Have excellent communication and customer service skills.
- Have high quality writing and editing skills.
- Must be able to bring creativity, initiative, and the ability to multi-task to the position.
- Passion and commitment to the work of CWS is essential.
- Spanish fluency is highly preferred.
- Interest in working with the immigrant community is highly desirable.
Program Benefits: The New York State Family Security Project AmeriCorps JD program is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps education award of $1,252 that can be used to pay educational expenses or student loans. Students may seek up to $4,399 in additional compensation for their service, for a total of up to $5,651 in compensation. The $4,399 in additional compensation may be funded by a Federal Work Study Award, the student’s law school, local bar foundation, and/or other public interest fellowship award. In addition, students are welcome to hold outside employment to supplement their income.
Students must complete 300 hours of service and complete these hours by September 1, 2018 unless prior approval is given by Equal Justice Works. Requirements to serve include completion of a National Sex Offender Public Registry check, state criminal background check(s), FBI Fingerprint criminal background check, and submission of proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.