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Project Assistant, Family Law Project, Manhattan Family Justice Center

Company: Sanctuary For Families Inc.
Location: New York
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Sanctuary for Families is New York's leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. Every year, Sanctuary empowers thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services. We provide a range of wrap-around services to help survivors rebuild their lives in the aftermath of abuse, and work to end gender violence through three key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy. Our services are available in 11 locations throughout New York City.

Sanctuary for Families seeks a Project Assistant to assist attorneys in its Family Law Project at the NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan, in representing domestic violence survivors in family offenses, custody/visitation, child/spousal support, and matrimonial proceedings. Other responsibilities include assisting with all aspects of project administration, performing administrative tasks, such as data compilation and organizing files, conducting community outreach and education in Manhattan, and collaborating with other agencies to advocate for systemic change. The Project Assistant will work out of the NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan (MFJC). While the MFJC is currently operating on a hybrid remote model in compliance with the Mayor's Office's COVID-19 guidelines, the position is not remote and may require the candidate to work exclusively on-site in the future.


  • Assists project attorneys in all aspects of litigation support, including drafting and editing legal documents, conducting client interviews, writing correspondence, gathering evidence, maintaining case tracking systems, requesting transcripts, obtaining court records, and filing and serving papers, as informed by the courts' current hybrid policies;
  • Performs direct advocacy on behalf of clients with city and state agencies and institutions on matters of housing, health, and safety;
  • Staffs the Sanctuary for Families Manhattan Legal Helpline and conducts intakes with survivors to assess cases and determine eligibility for legal assistance;
  • Refers clients to appropriate legal and social services within and outside of Sanctuary for Families and the MFJC;
  • Writes and prepares grant applications on behalf of clients to support their economic stability and to provide emergency financial assistance;
  • Provides administrative and case support for project attorneys, including maintaining client database and client files, conducting client interviews, and assisting attorneys with case preparation;
  • Assists project attorneys in organizing training for staff, interns, and volunteers, including remote meetings, panel presentations, and professional training;
  • Coordinates, organizes, and conducts outreach to underserved communities;
  • Performs any other department or agency-related duties as directed by supervisor.

    • Bachelor's degree or relevant work experience required;
    • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
    • Proactive, efficient, accurate organizational and administrative skills;
    • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and work in a fast-paced environment;
    • Knowledgeable and/or interested in learning about legal systems & their impact on survivors of trauma and individuals from marginalized communities;
    • Deep understanding of and ability to work well with people of diverse national, ethnic, cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
    • High level of integrity and professionalism;
    • Computer literacy (including MS Office, MS Teams, Adobe Acrobat) in remote and in-office settings, Salesforce is a plus;
    • Spanish fluency is required.

      Budgeted Salary: $45,000

      Work position is Hybrid

      Vaccination Policy: Proof of vaccination or proof of the first dose with scheduled 2nd dose within 30 days is required.


      • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
      • Employer-paid life insurance
      • Employer retirement contribution
      • Paid time off
      • Flex spending account
      • Student loan assistance
      • Tuition reimbursement program
      • Gym reimbursement program

        All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and shall also follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.

        D.E.I Commitment: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are core values at Sanctuary for Families that represent our dedication to fostering a safe, respectful, responsive, and fair work environment. We recognize the value diversity holds in embracing all employees, clients, and volunteers regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or professional level.


Keywords: Sanctuary For Families Inc., New York , Project Assistant, Family Law Project, Manhattan Family Justice Center, Other , New York, New York

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