The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for the position of Social Worker to be based in New York City. This social worker will be hired as part of the Young Center’s Immigrant Child and Family Rights Project to work on cases involving the separation of immigrant children from their parents by U.S. immigration authorities. If and when there are no longer separated children in New York City, this position will handle cases involving unaccompanied children who face prolonged separation from family. The Social Worker will be appointed as the independent Child Advocate in some of these cases and also will supervise volunteers appointed as Child Advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children in custody in the New York City area.
The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country serving as Child Advocate for detained, unaccompanied children pursuant to the TVPRA. In the last year, we have been appointed to an increasing number of children who arrived at the U.S. border with their parents but who were separated by immigration authorities. The Immigrant Child and Family Rights Project was created to respond to these cases, and other cases were children face separation from family.
The Young Center has programs in eight cities across the United States including New York, Harlingen, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Houston, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. Our team is a passionate and interdisciplinary group of professionals—attorneys, social workers, volunteer coordinators and administrative staff—committed to ensuring that immigrant children are recognized as children, first and foremost, and receive the full protection they deserve under the law, even though they’re caught in an immigration system that often views them as adults-in-miniature.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The Social Worker’s primary responsibilities will be:
Serve as Child Advocate and supervise volunteers appointed as Child Advocate for separated children in federal custody in New York City; should no separated children remain in custody in New York, the Social Worker will work with unaccompanied children.
Visit children regularly, speak with parents, family members and stakeholders, draft case summaries
Collaborate with attorneys (who will draft legal analyses and engage in legal advocacy) to identify and advocate for the best interests of unaccompanied and separated children with federal agencies making decisions about the child and the child’s family
Provide internal case consultations on child welfare, child development and trauma for the Young Center’s New York City office
Participate in recruitment and trainings for prospective volunteer Child Advocates in New York City
Assist with monthly contract and grant reporting and other program responsibilities
Other duties as assigned
Master’s degree in social work
Two years of prior experience, preferably working with immigrant and refugee children and/or families
Bilingual in Spanish/English
Strong writing and communication skills; excellent organizational and planning skills
Experience with basic Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.)
Ability to take initiative and work independently, and also to work collaboratively
Enthusiasm for working with volunteers
Passion, tenacity and optimism for the issues affecting immigrant children and their families, as well as experience in self-care strategies
New York licensure or the ability to become licensed strongly encouraged
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Physical demands include regular attendance; keyboarding; sitting for long periods (at least 5 hours a day); driving. Ability to use computer, telephone, and copy machine. Ability to travel by plane, car and other conveyances within U.S.
Job offer is conditioned on clearance of fingerprint criminal background check, child abuse and neglect check (CANTS) and tuberculosis test.
The Young Center is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. Young Center encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veterans’ status. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.
Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please apply online at theyoungcenter.org/careers and submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample as a single PDF under "Resume". Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. The Young Center provides excellent benefits including health/dental/vision insurance (employee & dependents) at no cost to the employee, paid vacation and sick time, and a 401(k) plan.
About Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country serving as Child Advocate for detained, unaccompanied children pursuant to the TVPRA.