ABOUT US Sanctuary for Families is New Yorks leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. Every year, Sanctuary empowers thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services. We provide a range of wrap-around services to help survivors rebuild their lives in the aftermath of abuse, and work to end gender violence through three key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy. Our services are available in 11 locations throughout New York City.
The CAP Senior Staff Attorney trains and supervises law student advocates and pro bono attorneys who assist domestic violence victims seeking orders of protection in Family Court. The attorney provides comprehensive, compassionate, holistic legal services to victims of gender-based violence through direct representation, community education and outreach, and policy and systems-change advocacy.
Trains and supervises law students each semester and summer associates each summer who advocate for petitioners seeking orders of protection in Family Court
Represents victims of domestic violence in Family and Supreme Court and in the Integrated Domestic Violence Court (IDVC) in cases including: orders of protection, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, and matrimonial matters
Mentors and supervises law students, volunteers, and pro bono attorneys
Advocates for clients in legal and non-legal forums outside of their family law cases, including housing, public benefits, and the criminal justice system
Supervises summer interns on various projects
Conducts recruiting presentations at law firms
Collaborates with clinicians, attorneys, and other advocates in and outside of the agency to secure best results for clients
Collaborates with the Family Justice Centers and conducts legal screenings there
Effects policy initiatives and systems changes that benefit domestic violence victims
Participates in the LCADV Working Groups in the Family Court and the Integrated Domestic Violence Court
Trains law students, pro bono attorneys, community advocates, and others in family law and other related topics
Maintains statistics relating to client services for grant-reporting purposes
Facilitates clients' access to intra-agency and outside resources; administers provision of direct financial assistance and donations to clients
Collaboration within Legal department to ensure clients have access to legal services such as matrimonial, immigration, and benefits advocacy
Collaboration with Clinical department to ensure clients have access to clinical therapy, counseling services, and case management
Collaboration with outside entities when necessary to connect clients with local or specialized services (such as cultural or borough specific needs)
Represents the legal center on inter-departmental task forces and committees
Represents Sanctuary for Families at community events
Attends trainings on relevant legal issues
Performs any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor
Five to seven years relevant experience preferred
Admission to the NY Bar
Comfortable speaking in public
Strong verbal/written communication skills
Fluency in an additional community language preferred.
Strong writing, research, and analytical skills; strong communication and group leadership skills
Experience working with domestic violence, trauma survivors or low-income immigrant clients
Sensitive to issues of cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity with strong lawyering, advocacy, and leadership skills, to provide zealous, knowledgeable, and empathic legal advocacy to domestic violence victims
Knowledge of the dynamics of gender-based oppression and a strong motivation to combat gender-based violence
Ability to multi-task and balance complicated cases
Ability to work independently and under pressure
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