Attorney/Policy Advocate, Child Trafficking Team

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000.00
Maximum: $75,000.00



Application Deadline:



United States


National Center for Youth Law

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) ( is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help low-income children achieve their potential by transforming the public agencies that serve them. For over four decades, we have led campaigns to ensure governmental systems, particularly the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, support young people effectively, weaving together research, public awareness, demonstration pilots, policy development, technical assistance, and litigation when necessary.

Child Trafficking Team

Through strategic policy advocacy, coalition building, innovative practice development, and on-the-ground implementation support, NCYL’s Child Trafficking Team seeks to reduce the number of children who are trafficked and improve outcomes for youth who fall victim to trafficking. NCYL’s Child Trafficking Team has emerged as a state and national leader in the fight against child sex trafficking.


NCYL seeks an Attorney and/or Policy Advocate for its Child Trafficking Team to work closely with members of the Team, child welfare agencies, probation departments, community-based partners, state agencies, and others.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Supporting multi-agency capacity-building efforts to improve responses to child trafficking victims;
  • Assisting in the development of statewide policies and guidance related to child trafficking;
  • Analyzing proposed and enacted legislation related to trafficking;
  • Development and monitoring of interagency protocols and practices that improve the way trafficking victims are identified and served;
  • Assisting in preparation and facilitation of meetings related to protocol development and implementation;
  • Establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with partner agencies and organizations;
  • Memorializing processes and protocols developed to be replicated in other jurisdictions; and
  • Facilitating the dissemination of promising practices through a variety of means, including but not limited to webinars, in-person trainings, local and national conferences, technical assistance, and publications.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent oral and written advocacy skills;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment with competing deadlines;
  • Aptitude and willingness to quickly learn broad and nuanced information pertaining to law and policy;
  • Enthusiasm for working in a diverse workplace and collaborating with diverse team members; and
  • Bachelor’s degree.

Desired Qualifications

  • An understanding of the challenges facing victims of child trafficking;
  • Experience working with marginalized communities, including survivors of trafficking;
  • Graduate degree in law, public policy, public health, or social work;
  • Experience managing complex projects with multiple partners;
  • Strong networking and relationship management skills;
  • Experience in project management;
  • Experience convening and facilitating partners;
  • Experience developing and implementing protocols that define roles and responsibilities;
  • Experience working in/with the child welfare system and juvenile justice systems; and
  • An understanding of state and federal child trafficking laws and the laws related to California’s dependency and delinquency systems. 


This is a full-time, at-will position. Salary is comparable to similar organizations in the Bay Area or Los Angeles, with a range of $60,000 to $75,000 annually. NCYL provides health, dental, life, short and long-term disability insurance, sabbatical, sick, and vacation benefits, and an employer contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


No phone calls or emails please. Please submit an application, a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample by March 14, 2018.

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NCYL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Applicants of color are strongly encouraged to apply