The Immigrants’ Rights Project is a national project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation with offices in New York and California.  Using targeted impact litigation, advocacy and public outreach, the Project carries on the ACLU’s historic commitment to protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of immigrants.  In federal district and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court, the Project conducts the nation’s largest impact litigation program dedicated to defending and expanding the rights of immigrants, enforcing the guarantees of the Constitution, and achieving equal justice under the law.

The Project has focused on challenging laws that deny immigrants access to the judicial system, impose indefinite and mandatory detention, and constitute discrimination on the basis of “alienage” by governmental and private entities.  In addition, the Project has been challenging constitutional abuses that arise from immigration enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, including litigation against the Muslim ban, worksite and home raids, local anti-immigrant employment and housing laws, and improper enforcement of federal immigration laws by local sheriffs.  IRP’s efforts in the enforcement arena seek to ensure the constitutional protections of the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments, combat racial profiling arising from actual or pretextual immigration enforcement that subjects immigrant communities to racism and hostility, and challenge government policies and practices that undermine or deny immigrants’ ability to effectuate their existing legal rights. 

The Education component of the Project provides information about immigrants’ rights to immigrant communities nationwide. The Project works with the English and non-English language media, immigrant advocacy organizations and ACLU affiliates around the country to empower immigrant communities through presentations about their rights and about current and proposed immigration laws.

The Immigrants’ Rights Project of the ACLU’s National office in New York City seeks applications for the full-time position of Paralegal.


  • Prepare and file legal pleadings in federal courts (from district court through Supreme Court level), and occasionally state courts around the United States
  • Arrange for service of legal documents; prepare and serve discovery documents; research court rules and procedures
  • Maintain case files, attorneys’ correspondence files, and internal litigation tracking systems including case summaries and calendar of litigation deadlines and court dates
  • Research and analyze issues where appropriate
  • Serve as liaison with co-counsel and clients; administrative relations with ACLU affiliates and other offices within National ACLU
  • Respond to individuals contacting the Project for legal assistance
  • Update content on the ACLU website and intranet
  • Work collaboratively with team of other paralegals and support staff in both New York and San Francisco offices to ensure that office systems run smoothly
  • Handle general administrative duties including processing invoices, tracking expenses and case costs, preparing expense reports, ordering supplies, etc.
  • Handle travel arrangements and calendar for Director and other staff
  • Maintain database of all Project expenses, including travel and case costs
  • Act as liaison between Staff Attorneys and Legal Administrative Assistants to disseminate work assigned by attorneys and provide routine and/or procedural guidance regarding work assignments
  • Provide administrative support for the managers’ review of applications for Legal Administrative Assistant and intern positions
  • Work jointly with interns and communicate routine and/or procedural guidance on projects assigned by managers
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Perform other job related special projects and other duties as assigned by the Director, Managing Attorney, and Staff Attorneys


  • Bachelor’s degree or a year of related administrative experience
  • Must possess excellent administrative, organizational and time management skills
  • Must take initiative, be highly organized and detail-oriented, and possess strong interpersonal and time-management skills
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team while maintaining a high level of efficiency and professionalism.
  • Commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and public interest legal work is essential


  • Experience providing administrative support
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office; familiarity with spreadsheets
  • Experience creating tables of contents, tables of authorities, mail merges, and creating/inserting macros
  • Experience with web design, layout, and electronic posting of content
  • Demonstrated commitment to defending and expanding immigrants' rights


Salary for this position is $61,040. Excellent benefits package provided.



For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU 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, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail benefits.hrdept@aclu.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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