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Russian Speaking Paralegal

Immigration Equality is a national organization that works to end discrimination in U.S. immigration law, and to reduce the negative impact of that law on the lives of people living with HIV and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. We also directly represent hundreds of immigrants each year who have fled from persecution in order to seek asylum in the U.S. Through education, outreach, advocacy, and the maintenance of a nationwide network of resources, we provide information and support to advocates, attorneys, politicians, and impacted individuals.

Immigration Equality is seeking an enthusiastic paralegal to provide administrative support to our legal staff in New York City. Immigration Equality is a national organization fighting for equal immigration rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive (LGBT/H) community.  Immigration Equality provides direct legal services to LGBT and HIV positive asylum-seekers, and fights for change in U.S. immigration law.  Through education, outreach, advocacy, and the maintenance of a nationwide network of resources, we provide information and support to advocates, attorneys, politicians and those who are threatened by persecution or the discriminatory impact of the law.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Answer Immigration Equality’s telephone and respond to requests for legal assistance
  • Respond to calls/letters from detained immigrants
  • Maintain our client database and update our dockets
  • Copy and file, gather evidence, research and index country conditions materials, etc.
  • Organize and scan existing country conditions materials, sample briefs, and other materials which support asylum applications (and/or supervise volunteers on this project)
  • File papers with immigration court/DHS
  • Translate evidence and other documents into English (and/or supervise
    volunteers on this project)
  • Give attorney referrals in appropriate cases
  • Assist clients to access social services when necessary
  • Schedule intakes for legal staff; assist with new client intakes
  • Translate during in-person and/or phone interviews
  • Provide general legal administrative support
  • Represent Immigration Equality at community events and outreach efforts
  • Assist staff attorneys in matching clients with pro bono counsel

Qualifications:

  • Must have an undergraduate or advanced degree
  • Must be organized and detail oriented (this position presents an excellent opportunity for an individual who is considering law school)
  • Must multitask well
  • Must have a sincere commitment and interest in advocating for equality for LGBT/HIV-positive people under U.S. immigration law
  • Russian fluency is required (spoken; written and reading comprehension) 

Immigration Equality is an affirmative action employer: immigrants and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Immigration Equality fosters a progressive, LGBT-friendly, work space, and applicants must demonstrate the ability to collaborate within a diverse and inclusive environment.

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience, up to $45,000. Excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, and employee retirement plan.

To Apply:
Please send a chronological resume and compelling cover letter to with “Paralegal” in the subject line to jobs (at) immigrationequality (dot) org.  Applicants who are invited for interviews will also be required to submit a short writing sample and references.

No phone calls please. Electronic submission of documents only.