The Bronx Defenders

  • Training Coordinator, Immigration Practice

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/5/2018 5:43 PM)
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  • Overview

    The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an energetic advocate with a commitment to social justice to fill the Training Coordinator position in our Immigration Practice.


    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.


    The Bronx Defenders pioneered the model of integrated criminal defense and immigration representation over fifteen years ago. Immigration attorneys work closely with clients and their advocates throughout the pendency of their cases in both Criminal and Family Court to avoid or mitigate negative immigration consequences. Additionally, immigration attorneys at The Bronx Defenders represent clients in deportation proceedings in both detained and non-detained settings, provide affirmative immigration services, and pursue community-based systemic reform litigation and advocacy aimed at reforming unforgiving federal immigration laws. Since November 2013, our immigration attorneys have also served as assigned counsel at the Varick Street Immigration Court under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, the first-ever universal representation project in immigration court.


    The Immigration Practice consists of 29 attorneys (including the Managing and Legal Directors and four supervisors), three social workers, and three legal advocates.


    The Training Coordinator must be a licensed attorney, and will report directly to the Legal Director of the Immigration Practice. They will carry a reduced caseload representing non-citizens with open criminal justice involvement in removal proceedings and before US Citizenship and Immigration Services.


    They will focus primarily on the following:


    Programmatic Responsibilities

    • Developing a robust training program for new staff and interns in coordination with the Managing and Legal Directors
    • Leading onboarding processes for all new hires
    • Creating and managing Continuing Legal Education programming via internal and external trainers for Immigration Practice staff, in coordination with the Managing and Legal Directors
    • Coordinating development and organization of internal and external training materials, practice advisories, and litigation toolkits
    • Identifying external trainings that would be valuable for our staff to attend
    • Assisting in the development of the Immigration Practice’s presence on BxD’s intranet platform
    • Providing technical support to, and assisting staff with, the use of research tools, such as Westlaw and AILA Link, and with the PIKA database
    • In conjunction with the Legal Director, organizing and updating an accessible and extensive resource bank of relevant immigration court motions, briefs, and litigation tools
    • Working with other practice areas to identify ways to improve the flow and management of knowledge and information across practices


    Supervision & Mentorship

    • Supporting and mentoring Immigration Practice staff attorneys on research issues, when necessary
    • Providing additional supervision, when requested



    • Serving as a member of the Immigration Practice’s leadership team


    • A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school
    • At least three (3) years of immigration law experience, preferably criminal-immigration/“crim-imm” practice, or relevant/equivalent experience
    • A passion for teaching immigration legal issues to advocates with less experience
    • Demonstrably strong research and writing skills
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
    • A capacity to self-motivate and work independently
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • A passion for the mission and values of The Bronx Defenders and a dedication to building a robust legal practice
    • Commitment to and experience in serving low-income communities of color, like those in the South Bronx
    • Spanish fluency or high-level proficiency strongly preferred


    Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.



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


    The application deadline is July 27, 2018, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. Please contact Sarah Deri Oshiro, Managing Director, Immigration Practice, via email at with any questions regarding the position.


    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, and communities to apply.



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