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. MRNY 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 provides direct representation in the areas of immigration, housing, workers’ rights and strengthens MRNY’s organizing work by (1) helping to envision and implement leverage 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:
We are hiring a Staff Attorney to join our dynamic immigration team. The attorney will work with our Raids Response team (currently one other dedicated attorney; a paralegal; and a supervisor), which provides representation and support to community members with final orders of removal in close collaboration with our immigration organizers. MRNY staff are currently working both remotely and in-person through 2022, but the position will be based at our Queens office in Jackson Heights when our offices re-open.

Job responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
  • Providing individualized assistance and representation to clients detained by ICE or at imminent risk of ICE detention and who have orders of removal in (1) analysis and advice and counsel regarding legal rights and options and (2) full representation in a broad range of applications, motions and requests including preparation for Credible or Reasonable Fear Interviews; motions to reopen before the Immigration Court or Board of Immigration Appeals; motions to vacate prior orders by ICE or CBP; collateral or affirmative applications such as I130, I212, and I601A applications; bond hearings and custody advocacy with ICE; and Petitions for Review and habeas litigation in federal court.
  • Helping to review and triage case intakes, including analyzing relief options, often on a short timeline;
  • Assisting in community education efforts, including through the creation of written materials, KYR presentations, and popular education workshops.
  • Supporting MRNY members and organizing campaigns through strategic litigation, legislative advocacy, research, media work, and action support.
  • Participating in team and department meetings; collaborating with external partners as part of the raids response coalition; and assisting with tracking and highlighting cases as necessary for development and grant reporting.
  • Continuous learning regarding movement lawyering (theory and application) as well as other critical concepts that underscore our organizational approach to building power, such as racialized capitalism.

  • Eligible to work in the US
  • Required to be fully vaccinated with a FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine prior first day of employment.
  • At least 2 years of immigration legal practice experience. Any applicant who has been practicing in the field for at least five years post-Juris Doctor will be considered for the role of “Senior Staff Attorney.”
  • Admission (or eligibility for admission) to practice law in New York State or the possibility of waiving into the state.
  • Spanish language proficiency.
  • Interpersonal and organizational skills of the highest caliber.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to balance and prioritize multiple fast-moving projects.
  • Experience with populations that make up major portions of Make the Road’s membership – such as documented and undocumented immigrants, individuals facing domestic violence, members of TGNCIQ communities, those who have experienced the criminal legal system, and youth.
  • Interest in supporting community organizing, campaigns, and policy and advocacy initiatives.
  • Desire to work collaboratively.

  • Relevant lived experience, including, but not limited to, having been a member of a low-income, immigrant community.
  • Experience with community organizing.
  • Experience working with individuals in detention.
  • Expertise in a specific area of value to our collaborative team, including, but not limited to, the Department of Homeland Security’s use of tech, the intersections between workers and immigration issues, and the intersections between education/youth and immigration issues.
  • Spanish language fluency.

Salary and Benefits:
Starting salary is calculated on a step scale based on years of experience. Generous package of vacation, personal and sick days. Excellent health and dental coverage and family leave policies. The salary range for this position is from $76,954.00 - $88,971.00

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

Applications accepted until position is filled.

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.