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New York, NY 10268
United States
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Organization name: 
Sanctuary For Families Inc.
New York
New York
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Position Description: 

ABOUT US Sanctuary for Families is New York's 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.

POSITION OVERVIEW The Staff Attorney's primary duties are to provide comprehensive, compassionate legal services through direct representation, advocacy, and consultations on family law matters including custody, visitation, and order of protection cases and working on the Center's Legal Helpline. The Staff Attorney will also conduct lethality assessments, create safety plans, and provide legal information to victims via the Helpline and at legal clinics.


  • Provide direct representation to clients in family law matters in Family and Supreme Courts in all 5 boroughs;
  • Conduct legal clinics at community based organizations;
  • Staff the Legal Helpline with the Project's other attorneys and project assistants;
  • Advocate directly for clients with key stakeholders including but not limited to NYPD, District Attorney's Office, Administration for Children's Services (ACS), Human Resources Administration (HRA), and Division for Homeless Services (DHS);
  • Conduct community-based trainings to potential clients;
  • Co-counsel cases with project, Legal Center and pro bono attorneys;
  • Supervise junior attorneys and law graduates on their legal cases;
  • Refer clients to the appropriate in-house and external services and track the status of internal and external referrals;
  • Foster and maintain relationships with community-based organizations (CBOs) that refer clients to the Helpline;
  • Partner with the Director of Pro Bono Program in identifying cases that are suitable for representation by pro bono attorneys;
  • Provide information regarding and assistance in completing Office of Victim Services crime victim compensation applications;
  • Maintain accurate and updated records of current and potential clients in the agency's electronic database; and
  • Performing any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by the Director and Deputy Director.
  • Works closely with the Director and Deputy Director of the Center and all members of the Family Law Project, and other projects within the Legal Department;
  • J.D. degree;
  • Admission to the New York State Bar;
  • 2-4 years of relevant legal experience;
  • Fluency in Spanish is required;
  • Ability to work with diverse populations;
  • Sensitivity to sexual exploitation, domestic violence, and other gender-related issues;
  • Deep understanding of and ability to work well with people of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize;
  • Strong ability to work independently;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Strong communication skills; and
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite;

Budgeted Salary: $71,436 - $78,097 annually; salary commensurates with experience* Work position is currtent Hybrid; must be able to meet job location schedule obligation Vaccination Policy: Proof of vaccination or proof of first dose with scheduled 2nd dose within 30 days is required. Benefits:

  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Employer-paid life insurance
  • Employer retirement contribution
  • Paid time off
  • Flex spending account
  • Student loan assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Gym reimbursement program

All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and shall also follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest. D.E.I Commitment: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are core values at Sanctuary for Families that represent our dedication to fostering a safe, respectful, responsive, and fair work environment. We recognize the value diversity holds in embracing all employees, clients, and volunteers regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or professional level.

*Salary based on STEP system

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Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
71436 - 78097 /Yearly Salary
Submission deadline: 
Friday, April 21, 2023