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Jail Services Advocate

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Brooklyn Defender Services | Brooklyn, NY
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Brooklyn Defender Services


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Published 29 days ago


BDS is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We represent more than 35,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in Brooklyn, New York, primarily indigent clients facing charges in criminal, family, and immigration courts. BDS represents clients who have diverse, complex and multi-faceted needs in a fast-paced environment.


 


Position Overview: Brooklyn Defender Services seeks a passionate individual to advocate for incarcerated clients in New York City. The ideal candidate will have a strong social justice background, excellent written and oral advocacy skills, experience working with people who are currently or formerly incarcerated, and a demonstrated commitment to working on behalf of this population. A strong candidate for Jail Services Advocate should be comfortable working with a broad range of people including clients and their families, attorneys, agency officials, law enforcement agents, social workers and other advocates. They must be comfortable working amongst a small team that includes a Jail Services Social Worker and the Project Director.


 


Position Description:


  • Provide supportive visits to incarcerated clients
  • Serve as a liaison between clients and BDS services: Criminal Defense, Immigration, Civil Justice, Family Defense, Re-Entry
  • Advocate in city jails with Corrections officials to resolve client concerns
  • Draft and submit advocacy letters to agency officials regarding client concerns including safety, medical and mental health, personal property, staff abuse and neglect, and other rights violations
  • Document and investigate rights abuses reported by clients in city jails
  • Meet with agency officials to advocate for clients’ best interests
  • Attend regulatory body meetings to advocate for clients’ best interests
  • Maintain data collection on conditions of confinement
  • Work closely and maintain open communication with the Jail Services team


 

Qualifications: Applicants must have at minimum a Bachelors Degree in Social Work with related social work experience. Bi-lingual individuals are strongly encouraged to apply



BDS is an equal opportunity employer which supports a policy of non-discrimination in all employment practices including, but not limited to, hiring, transfer, promotions, training, compensation, benefits, lay-offs, and terminations.


BDS is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We represent more than 35,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in Brooklyn, New York, primarily indigent clients facing charges in criminal, family, and…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required

Level of Language Proficiency

Bi-lingual individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Bi-lingual individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

How To Apply


How to Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to Kelsey De Avila, Jail Services Project Director, at kdeavila@bds.org.


How to Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to Kelsey De Avila, Jail Services Project Director, at kdeavila@bds.org.

Location

177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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