Staff Attorney and Program Coordinator

Position: Staff Attorney and Program Coordinator

Department: LASSIF Legal Services

Reports to: Supervising Attorney

Basic Function of Position 

The staff attorney/program coordinator works within a team of two attorneys and one DOJ-accredited representative/paralegal and ASC’s Supervising Social Worker under the Legal and Supportive Services for Individuals and Families Program (“LASSIF”) Program.  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, public benefits, and advanced directives. The attorney/program coordinator will be responsible for a caseload and supervisor of the staff attorney and paralegal.  The attorney will also work closely with ASC’s legal department, including attorneys, legal fellow, paralegals, volunteer attorneys, and law student interns.  

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ASC Lauds NYC Mayor’s Guarantee of Comprehensive Health Care for All

New NYC Care Plan a Major Step Forward in Health Equity & Immigrant Rights

African Services Committee (ASC) applauds Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement to guarantee comprehensive health care to all New York City residents regardless of ability to pay or immigration status.  Beginning in the Bronx in June, with rollout to the other boroughs completed by 2021, the  NYC Care plan is a landmark initiative, contributing to universal health care coverage in New York City and is a welcome rebuttal to the Federal administration’s unrelenting assault on immigrant communities. 

“Mayor de Blasio’s announcement that the new plan will include health coverage for undocumented City residents is a bold, essential step toward health equity and immigrant rights in New York City,” says ASC’s Director of Advocacy, Amanda Lugg.

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‘Public Charge’ Proposed Rule Devastating to Immigrants & Families

Threatens to Imperil Public Health Initiatives

New York, New York  10/10/2018 — African Services Committee condemns in the strongest possible terms the administration’s proposed revision to the “public charge” rule, and stands in solidarity with immigrant families and their allies across the country against any expansion of the “public charge” provisions. 

When applying for permanent residency or “green card,” U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) must determine whether an immigrant is likely to become a public charge. The administration is proposing to dramatically expand the types of public benefits which USCIS may consider in its determination regarding whether someone is likely to become a public charge and therefore ineligible for permanent residency.

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ASC Attorney Volunteers at Mexico/U.S. Border to Counsel to Asylum Seekers

In July, ASC attorney Maura was awarded a volunteer attorney stipend by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) to volunteer for a week with legal service organization the Kino Border Initiative / Iniciativa Kino para la Frontera, in Nogales, Arizona to provide vital information and counsel to asylum seekers at the border, ensuring that their rights are protected.

Watch the video here.