The Bronx Defenders

  • Investigator

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(6/27/2018 4:45 PM)
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  • Overview

    The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an energetic individual with a commitment to social justice to join our staff as an Investigator.

    BxD is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the justice system, and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of over 300 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, all of whom collaborate to provide holistic legal and social service advocacy. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have pioneered a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients.


    Investigators work alongside attorneys and advocates to defend Bronx residents accused of crimes. Broadly speaking, investigators locate evidence that will assist in our clients’ defense in court. The majority of the work of investigators does not take place in the office, but is carried out in the field: at private homes, on the street, and throughout the Bronx community. Investigators may also be asked to interview individuals who are incarcerated at both New York City and New York State correctional facilities.


    Responsibilities include:

    • Locating, interviewing, and taking detailed statements from prosecution witnesses who are accusing our clients of committing a crime
    • Locating favorable defense witnesses
    • Performing Department of Motor Vehicles, public record, and criminal background investigations
    • Gathering time sensitive video surveillance, photographing and diagramming crime scenes, preparing courtroom exhibits, and writing memoranda regarding investigative efforts and results
    • Effectively communicating with attorneys and advocates for a comprehensive investigative strategy
    • Assisting attorneys with case development
    • Occasionally testifying in court proceedings


    • A minimum of an Associate’s Degree
    • Experience working in and with racially and socioeconomically marginalized communities
    • Interest in and a commitment to social and criminal justice issues
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to connect with reluctant parties
    • Ability to multitask and prioritize effectively in a fast-paced environment
    • Capacity for and comfort with navigating the Bronx community, conducting in-home interviews, and visiting crime scenes
    • Exceptional resourcefulness and persistence in gathering necessary evidence
    • A valid driver's license
    • *Spanish proficiency strongly preferred, but not required


    The schedule of investigators often varies according to the availability of witnesses; as such, investigators must be flexible and available to occasionally work in the evening or over the weekend.


    Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.




    To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload both a cover letter and a resume as a single document when prompted. Applications missing cover letters or not submitted in the manner outlined will not be considered.  


    Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Friday, July 20, 2018; those interested are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Please contact Elena Arons, Investigator Supervisor, via email at with any questions regarding the position. Please do not email your resume or cover letter--all applications must be submitted according to the instructions above.


    The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations, and communities to apply.


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