|Job Title||National Pro Bono Promotion Counsel-Refugee Protection Program|
|Location||New York, NY 10001|
|Description||Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington DC. We build respect for human rights and the rule of law to help ensure the dignity to which everyone is entitled and to stem intolerance, tyranny, and violence.
Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff across all programs and departments from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTI people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.
Human Rights First advances the rights of refugees and U.S. leadership to protect rights for refugees in the United States and around the world. We work to protect refugees and other vulnerable migrants from a range of human rights abuses, including arbitrary detention, violence, and lack of access to protection, by advocating for access to asylum and other protection, fair asylum and immigration court procedures, and for U.S. compliance with international refugee and human rights law. A key part of our strategy to achieve these goals is to help hundreds of individual refugees in the United States each year to win asylum through access to pro bono legal representation in the New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. areas. Our policy and legal advocacy is informed by the experiences of our refugee clients and their pro bono lawyers.
The Pro Bono Promotion Counsel will play a leading role in advancing Human Rights First’s efforts to improve access to legal representation for indigent asylum seekers and immigrants across the United States – including by increasing access to legal representation, pro bono counsel and legal orientation presentations for those in immigration detention and/or in U.S. immigration and asylum proceedings. A major part of that effort will be to assess and potentially expand Human Rights First’s legal representation program to one or more additional locations in the United States.
The Pro Bono Promotion Counsel will work as part of the Refugee Protection team, reporting to the Director of the Refugee Protection program, and working in close collaboration with the Advocacy Counsel and other Refugee Protection team members in Washington, D.C. and New York, as well as staff from other programs and departments.
Law and/or another advanced degree (J.D. strongly preferred)
ANNUAL SALARY: Competitive with comprehensive benefits package
START DATE: Immediately
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 21, 2012 Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Please complete the online application found at our website www.humanrightsfirst.org under ABOUT US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links.
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|Required Skills||•Significant experience (at least 3 years) with pro bono legal programs and/or immigration and asylum legal representation;
•Strong knowledge of U.S. immigration law and policy;
•Excellent written and oral communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to translate technical material for a variety of audiences;
•Excellent project management skills, capacity to take initiative, to finish assignments under pressure and to work collegially with others in a team environment;
•Demonstrated ability to cultivate and manage relationships with the legal community, government decision-makers, coalition advocacy partners, and/or others;
•Ability and willingness to travel; and
•Media and/or U.S. government advocacy experience a plus.
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