Full Time Contract
District of Columbia
Organization: Amara Legal Center
Fellowship: Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps
The Amara Legal Center will host a fellow over two years as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship should begin on or about June 1, 2018 and end May/June 2020.
The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime victims. A cohort of approximately sixty fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to provide direct representation to victims of crimes, including human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant victims of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief, and outreach and education to community partners. All fellows will incorporate crime victims’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical providers.
This program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2017-MU-MU-K131, and private funding. The fellow will be supervised by the Amara Legal Center and based in Washington, DC.
The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow will:
- Provide direct legal services to survivors of sex and labor trafficking to address the range of civil legal issues that arise from rights violations. Examples of legal services include:
- Criminal record expungement or sealing
- Victim-witness advocacy assistance
- Civil protection orders
- Various other civil legal services such as divorce, wage and hour claims, obtaining public benefits, name change, etc.
- Provide crime victims’ rights enforcement
- Conduct outreach and education activities, provide referrals, and leverage pro bono resources
- Participate in various task force meetings in the DC metropolitan area
- Train pro bono attorneys, volunteers, and service provider organizations on how to identify survivors of human trafficking and provide trauma informed care to this population
- Contribute to programmatic reporting required under the federal award
- Collaborate with other Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellows
- Actively participate in mandatory in-person training programs including two-day Crime Victims Justice Corps Victim Law Boot Camp training on June 28-29, 2018 in Washington, DC; learning event at the end of the Fellowship; annual three-day Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in October/November 2018 and 2019 in Washington, DC; and training calls with the National Crime Victim Law Institute
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- Licensed to practice law in at least one of the following jurisdictions: DC, Maryland or Virginia.
- If not licensed to practice law in DC, eligibility to apply to waive into the DC Bar.
- Demonstrated understanding of and have a history of action/organization on social justice issues, including issues of systemic racism, LGBTQ rights, and criminal justice system reform; experience working on issues related to commercial sex trafficking and/or sex work will have preference.
- A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and desire to assist indigent clients
- Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
- An ability to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally competent legal assistance to crime victims/survivors
- An ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations to facilitate comprehensive services to crime victims/survivors
- Ability to begin the fellowship on or about June 1, 2018 and serve for 2 years
- Those with legal experience in crime victims’ rights enforcement and victim service are strongly encouraged to apply
- Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus
Salary and benefits
The Fellow will receive an annual salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental insurance; up to 3% employer contribution match to IRA retirement account; position-related travel reimbursement and bar dues; and paid time off for DC holidays, sick leave, and vacation.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Application Instructions: Please submit a current resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to Elizabeth Landau (email@example.com). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Thank you for your interest in the Amara Legal Center.
The Amara Legal Center is a DC based nonprofit that provides free legal services to individuals whose rights have been violated while involved in commercial sex - whether that involvement was by choice, coercion, or circumstance.
THE AMARA LEGAL CENTER IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT OF ANY KIND.
Amara is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Amara are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, family responsibilities, parental status, or any other statute protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Amara will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Amara encourages applicants of all ages, sexes, genders, colors, and religions. Amara encourages applicants with personal familiarity or experience of the commercial sex industry to apply.
Application Deadline: April 30, 2018. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.