Attorney, Immigrant Children’s Justice Project (ICJP)

Bridgeport Office, Full Time

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA), the largest children’s rights organization in New England, seeks a dynamic attorney for its Immigrant Children’s Justice Project. CCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to enforcing the legal rights of low-income children. The ICJP is the primary source of life-saving legal services for immigrant children and youth in Connecticut. The Project provides legal representation, training and system reform advocacy to help immigrant children and youth gain immigration status and access systems that provide them with critical health, education and support services.

Responsibilities

  • Provide legal consultation and representation to immigrant children and youth regarding Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, other immigration options, access to education as English Language Learners (ELLs) and special education students.
  • Provide legal rights training to immigrant youth, families, advocates and community providers.
  • Collaborate with CCA’s Communications Director to produce legal information materials for youth and community providers.
  • Collaborate with other immigrant advocacy organizations to bring information and legal services to immigrant youth.
  • Collaborate with other CCA attorneys, outside immigrant advocacy organizations and community providers to identify systemic problems that impact immigrant youth and engage in system reform advocacy, including litigation, administrative advocacy and legislative advocacy as necessary, to address the identified problems.

Experience and qualifications

  • Cultural competence, experience with children and youth of color and a demonstrated deep commitment to social justice and racial justice is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Two or more years of related experience. Immigration experience is preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred
  • Must be admitted to CT Bar or have ability to waive in.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and are within the general range of salaries for public interest organizations.

To apply, email cover letter and detailed resume to Stacey Violante Cote at sviolante@cca-ct.org.

CCA is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

Staff Attorney, Educational Success Project  

The Center is seeking a staff attorney for its Educational Success Project to address racial, ethnic and economic disparities in children’s access to a quality education and ensure that children of color and low-income children have access to equitable educational services. The staff attorney will provide legal services, training and systemic reform advocacy regarding education rights of at risk children and youth. This is a full-time position, primarily located in the Center’s Bridgeport office, with some limited legal representation of children and youth in Hartford.

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide legal consults and representation on education matters to:
    • Children and families from Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford and select other Fairfield County towns in Pre-K and Kindergarten who are suspended from school;  
    • Department of Children and Families’ child welfare social workers in education matters for children in the care of the child welfare system;
    • Clients of the Village for Families and Children in Hartford; and
    •  Center’s high school-based legal clinic for teenagers at Harding High School in Bridgeport. 
  • Develop trainings and informational materials on children’s education rights and collaborate with community-based organizations to provide these to parents and professionals to increase their knowledge about children’s education rights. 
  • Develop and implement systemic reform initiatives, including legislative, administrative, litigation and public education efforts and initiatives to improve education systems serving indigent children, including reducing suspension of pre-K and Kindergarten students as well as improving education of children in the child welfare system. Collaborate with other CCA attorneys to address systemic barriers that  result in deep systemic educational inequities..
  • Provide trainings for social workers and other clinical staff at the Village for Families and Children.

Experience and qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated commitment to advocacy for indigent and vulnerable children and youth from marginalized communities. 
  • Connecticut Bar admission or eligible for timely admission to practice. 
  • Minimum of two years legal practice with education law experience required. 
  • Cultural competence. 
  • Commitment to a dynamic advocacy model that combines direct legal services, training and systemic reform advocacy. 
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.  

CCA is committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace. We seek to hire staff that reflect racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities without access to civil justice.

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Resumes and cover letters should be sent to Jay Sicklick, CCA Deputy Director, at jsicklick@cca-ct.org.

 


Internship Opportunities

Please note that the Center does not have funding to pay for internships. Students must secure their own funding from their law school or another source, or be willing to volunteer their time for an internship with the Center.

Summer Law Interns

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) seeks four law school interns each summer.  Legal interns work closely with CCA attorneys on individual cases, research projects and systemic advocacy.  They will work on issues related to improving outcomes for children in the child welfare, education, health care, and juvenile justice systems.  Interns will be given the opportunity to gain exposure to the work all of the Center’s attorneys do, including attending court, professional meetings, negotiations, trainings and other professional opportunities with them.  Background in these areas, either through experience and/or course work, is preferred but not required.  Individuals with a history of/commitment to public interest work and/or social justice are encouraged to apply. 

CCA has offices in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford, CT.  One legal intern will work specifically with our Medical-Legal Partnership Project (MLPP); one legal intern will work in our Bridgeport office; and two legal interns will work in our Hartford office. Candidates interested in either MLPP or our Bridgeport office should indicate this in their cover letter.

Applicants must have superior research and writing skills and excellent interpersonal skills.  Applications must include a cover letter and resume. 

Application Deadline
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be received no later than February 15. 

To Apply
To apply for a summer internship in CCA’s Hartford office, please email cover letter and resume to Tiffany Minakhom
To apply for a summer internship in CCA’s Bridgeport office, please email cover letter and resume to Kathryn Meyer

Please note that the Center does not have funding to pay for internships. Students must secure their own funding from their law school or another source, or be willing to volunteer their time for an internship with the Center.


Legal Intern – Medical Legal Partnership
Fall, Spring

The Center’s Medical Legal Partnership is a collaborative project that provides on-site legal assistance, education, training, and policy advocacy to central Connecticut pediatric centers. We offer internships to one or two energetic and dedicated law students for the fall and spring semesters and each summer.

Applicants must have excellent writing and legal reasoning skills, and should be familiar with basic aspects of poverty and public interest law.

Interns must have access to a car, and will be expected to participate in client interviews, negotiations, litigation and legal research activities. In addition, students will participate in and assist attorneys on matters at the MLPP sites at Saint Francis Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Charter Oak Community Health Center, Community Health Services, and The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

More information about the Medical Legal Partnership Project is available here.

Application Deadlines
For fall must be received by June 1.
For spring must be received by November 1.
For summer must be received by February 15.

Please send cover letter and resume to broswig@cca-ct.org 


Marketing and Development Intern

The Center for Children’s Advocacy is seeking a volunteer marketing, communications and development intern to assist marketing and development staff.

Responsibilities include website updates; donor data management; planning and execution of  fundraising events; updates to social networking sites; assistance with press releases and media contacts; publication updates.

Please email cover letter and resume to: email Eileen Brennan.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Center is always looking for energetic volunteers!
Please email email Eileen Brennan if you can help us with events, mailings, office support, donor research, or more!

Volunteer help is needed in the following areas:

Administrative
Filing and organizing, data management, development research 

Special Events
Planning, logistics, day of event

Community Outreach
Spread the word about the Center’s important work

Holiday Gift Committee
Organize wrapping and gift delivery, coordinate gift donation requests

Advocacy
Contact legislators and community on behalf of the Center

Volunteer Interpreter – Spanish/English

Support attorneys who provide legal services to Spanish-speaking clients. This unpaid position may be filled by a college or graduate student and requires a commitment of at least one day per week.  The Center for Children’s Advocacy will assist volunteers with work-study applications, service learning or clinical credit that is available from their schools. 

Volunteer will provide interpretation during client intake calls, meetings, and telephone follow-up. May assist with document translation and other administrative tasks, will learn basic interviewing skills and become familiar with immigration law, education and juvenile law. 

Qualifications

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • College or graduate student
  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills, self-starter and highly motivated
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently

Your application should include a resume, cover letter and two references. 
To apply, please email Eileen Brennan

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