Staff Attorney - LASSIF Program


Position: Staff Attorney

Department: Legal – AIDS Institute’s Legal and Supportive Services for Individuals and Families Program (“LASSIF”).

Reports to: LASSIF Program Coordinator

African Services Committee (“ASC”) was founded in 1981 by a refugee from Ethiopia with the mission of addressing the needs of newcomers affected by war, persecution, poverty, and global health inequalities. Our services currently include civil and immigration legal services; case management; housing assistance; English classes; HIV and other medical testing; food pantry; community outreach, and HIV and immigration reform advocacy.  

The legal program at ASC serves approximately 700 individuals annually, providing immigration representation as well as legal assistance in the areas of housing, family, public benefits, and advance directives.  Many of our clients have fled persecution or unrest in their home countries and must overcome complex legal and social barriers to establish safe and secure new lives in the United States.

The staff attorney works within a team of two attorneys and one BIA-accredited representative/paralegal under the Legal and Supportive Services for Individuals and Families Program (“LASSIF”).  This program provides a wide-range of civil legal services to individuals and families living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS.  The main areas of practice include - immigration, housing, family, and public benefits.  The attorney will also work closely with the ASC legal department, including attorneys, legal fellow, paralegals, volunteer attorneys, and law student interns.  

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Provide legal services within the LASSIF program, which provides representation to HIV-positive individuals and families in the areas of immigration, landlord/tenant, family, public benefits, and advanced directives..
  • Develop and conduct trainings for community based partner organizations and hospitals on issues affecting our primary client base.
  • Collaborate with other departments at ASC to promote holistic services for immigrants living with HIV/AIDS
  • Participate in trainings related to LASSIF’s main practice areas - immigration, family, housing, and benefits 
  • Maintain accurate records in electronic databases 
  • Contribute to reporting requirements for the LASSIF grant and participate in the preparation for audits
  • Peform other duties as directed by the LASSIF Program Coordinator and ASC’s Supervising Attorney 


Desired Qualifications

  • J.D. from an accredited law school and admission to the New York State Bar
  • A minimum of two years experience in immigration, housing, family, and/or public benefits 
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector 
  • Strong writing, analytical, and communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaborativley 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and sensitivity to cultural issues of African, Caribbean, and other refugees and immigrants.
  • Fluency in Spanish or French required 


How to apply:

Please send resume plus cover letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 9th, 2018.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.