Supervising Attorney, Unaccompanied Minors

Summary: The Unaccompanied Minors Program protects the rights of young immigrants to make informed decisions about their lives. Annually, we defend and counsel thousands of young people facing family separation, government detention, and deportation. Outside the courtroom, we provide educational and integration opportunities for immigrant youth, including the country’s first medical-legal partnership for unaccompanied minors, a recreational soccer league, and partnerships with New York City museums, dance theaters, and other cultural institutions to introduce immigrant youth to the world of opportunities at their doorstep in their new home.

The supervising attorney leads and supports a team of staff that provide legal and social services to young people who are, or have been, in federal custody under the Office of Refugee Resettlement and are currently in removal proceedings. The position leads staff engaged both in removal defense and the protection of other rights while in government custody, including the rights to family unity, safety, and bodily integrity.

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

  1. Lead a team of three staff attorneys, a paralegal, and a social worker in providing legal and social services to unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings. Train and mentor new attorneys in immigration and family law, support more experienced attorneys on complex cases, assign new cases in a manner that promotes staff wellbeing and longevity, and identify and implement best practices across the legal practice.
  2. Provide innovative legal services to youth who are detained in Office of Refugee Resettlement custody, including bond hearings for youth seeking less restrictive custody, federal litigation for separated youth seeking immediate family reunification, and collaboration with other legal service or litigation partners as needed to protect the rights of youth.
  3. Advocate for youth-protective policies before federal and state agencies at stakeholder meetings.
  4. Secondary to supervisory responsibilities, directly represent 10 or less clients in removal proceedings.


  1. JD and admission to the New York Bar; will consider attorneys working toward admission to the NY Bar.
  2. Experience in family, immigration, and civil rights law, including clinical or pro bono experience, preferred.
  3. Fluency in Spanish preferred.

Benefits and Salary:

Salary is dependent on experience, ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-90s. Benefits include, but are not limited to, paid parental leave, health, dental, and life insurance, retirement savings and pension plans, up to 6 weeks’ time off for vacation and holidays, additional paid time off for sick and personal days, and dedicated funds for professional development, including out-of-state conferences.

To apply:

Send a resume and short cover letter highlighting relevant experience to

Job Summary

Supervising Attorney, Unaccompanied Minors

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: