Full-Time Staff Attorney

Reports to: Manager, Legal Program

Womankind works with survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma and build a path to healing. We bring critical resources and deep cultural competency to help Asian communities find refuge, recovery and renewal.

Womankind’s Community Programs provides comprehensive direct services that support the recovery of survivors and their children from domestic violence (DV), human trafficking (HT), and sexual violence (SV). We engage communities and raise awareness on DV, HT, and SV, provide support via our 24-hour multilingual helpline, ensure all clients receive prompt and professional services, and provide therapeutic support that encourages self- sufficiency and empowerment.

Womankind’s legal department, launched in 2011, is an integral component of our work in helping survivors gain independence and self-sufficiency, thus reducing their vulnerability to abuse and exploitation. Combining client-centered and culturally-responsive lawyering with our holistic approach to client empowerment and advocacy, Womankind’s Legal Program has represented clients on various forms of immigration relief, including VAWA, BSW, U Visas, and T Visas. We now seek a staff attorney to expand our services to provide much-needed support around family law matters, including orders of protection, custody, visitation, child support, and uncontested divorces. We seek a compassionate, dedicated, team-oriented, and goal-oriented advocate to take a lead role in expanding our family law services.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Screen and provide direct representation, brief services, referrals, and consultations for orders of protection, custody, visitation, child support, and uncontested divorces
  • Screen and provide representation on related VAWA, BSW, U visa, T visa, and other immigration applications (willing to train)
  • Handle case work of 80% family law and 20% immigration
  • Work with Advocates and other staff and volunteers to support survivors on family law and immigration matters
  • Provide presentations on family law and related topics for external and internal professionals and clients

Qualifications:

  • Law Degree with admission to State Bar (New York required)
  • Able to speak an Asian language, preferably Cantonese or Mandarin
  • At least two years of experience providing direct representation on family law matters: orders of protection, custody, visitation, child support, and uncontested divorces (required)
  • Familiarity with New York City family courts
  • Experience and/or knowledge of non-profit social services and in working with survivors of violence
  • Excellent organizational skills, including ability to effectively complete multiple tasks, priorities, and responsibilities while meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to handle confidential matters
  • Strong and effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and within a team structure
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and volunteers

How to Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to: hr@iamwk.org. Please include your name and “Residential Advocate” in the subject. Womankind is an Equal Opportunity Employer.