Migration Counselor- UMP

FLSA Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt

Classification: Administrative Support Worker

Department: Immigrant and Refugee Services Division: Unaccompanied Minors Program

Reports to: Supervising Migration Counselors

Supervisory Responsibilities: No 

Summary: The Unaccompanied Minors Program (UMP) serves unaccompanied immigrant minors who are detained temporarily by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in juvenile facilities in the lower Hudson Valley, Long Island, and New York City. The Migration Counselor will work with a team to provide legal services to children who are, or have been, in ORR detention. The position includes extensive contact with youth, including youth who have suffered abuse, abandonment, neglect, or other trauma, and requires regular travel to ORR facilities to meet with detained minors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide services to children who are detained in Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities throughout downstate New York. Core services include: Know Your Rights presentations, legal intake interviews, legal referrals and follow-up assistance.
  • Coordinate and ensure provision of services to detained minors. This includes reviewing daily census reports from shelters, maintaining internal spreadsheet and database information, planning shelter visits, regularly coordinating with program and shelter staff, reviewing release documents, and confirming legal referrals.
  • Under attorney supervision, provide legal services to unaccompanied minors who qualify for immigration relief in matters including, but not limited to: asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, prosecutorial discretion, voluntary departure, and adjustment of status.
  • Maintain and update paper case files, electronic files, and the LawLogix case management database.
  • Assist the staff attorneys to train and mentor law student interns and new staff.
  • Provide in-house and outreach trainings, presentations and workshops, as directed.
  • Compile monthly statistics and reports.
  • Translate materials from and into Spanish, as needed.
  • Participate in calls and meetings with stakeholders.
  • Assist in other special projects for the unaccompanied minors program, as assigned.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are generally 9:00 AM to 5 PM Monday - Friday. Additional
evening and weekend hours may be required.

Working conditions and physical demands required:

The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Remain stationary at a work station and/or use a computer at least 50% of the time, on/off site.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment, including photocopier, fax, scanner, postage machine and
  • printer.
  • Ability to use and respond to phone calls.
  • Ability to transport/lift and file documents/supplies in cabinets.
  • Regular travel to courthouses and ORR facilities in Lower Hudson Valley, the Bronx, Manhattan, and
  • Long Island, using public transportation or vehicle; travers city streets; occasionally ascend/descend
  • stairs, and be exposed to outside weather conditions.

Education and/or experience required:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university, or equivalent professional training related to the position.
  • Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required:
  • Bilingual, English-Spanish.
  • Excellent group and individual communication skills, interpersonal skills, and an ability to work bothindependently and in a highly collaborative team environment.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Previous experience in immigration law and procedures preferred.
  • Commitment to public interest work and/or children’s issues, and ability to work with children..
  • Willingness and flexibility to shuffle work assignments to meet program requirements.
  • Ability to travel throughout Archdiocese and Long Island.

Job Summary

Migration Counselor- UMP
Immigrant and Refugee Services Division
Bachelor's Degree

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter highlighting relevant past experience and qualifications, and state their position of interest and desired compensation. Submissions without this information will not be considered.

Please send resume and cover letter to: