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Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks a full-time Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Legal Assistant for its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. The VOCA Legal Assistant will assist case handlers serving immigrant victims of crime with client intake, appointment scheduling, case file set up and management, evidence gathering, translations and interpretation, timekeeping, and grant reporting. The VOCA legal assistant will work primarily in assisting victims of crime who are eligible for immigration benefits based on their victimization.

Duties and responsibilities

To help us serve immigrant victims of crime, the VOCA Legal Assistant will:

  • Conduct client intake via telephone or in-person interviews in English and Spanish, as well as other languages through use of telephonic interpretation service
  • Work daily with VOCA case handlers to discuss client eligibility for grant-funded services and next steps in cases
  • Assist case handlers with cases, including working with community partners, gathering records, and communicating with clients
  • Schedule appointments for clients with their case handlers
  • Refer clients to other service providers for support services for victims of crime
  • Translate documents between English and Spanish
  • Provide interpretation between English and Spanish during client consultations, including consultations with volunteer attorneys
  • Create and maintain case files for clients and input data related to legal cases into case management software
  • Monitor pending cases for U nonimmigrant status, including annual case updates for clients and change of address
  • Help with general office and administrative work
  • Complete required time and attendance sheets, programmatic documentation, reports and statistics

Qualifications

The VOCA Legal Assistant should:

  • Be fluent in Spanish and English required
  • Be comfortable working in a multi-cultural setting, sensitive to language and cultural issues
  • Be able to demonstrate high levels of sensitivity toward vulnerable individuals who have been victims of crimes
  • Have strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Workspace platforms
  • Have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Have excellent attention to detail
  • Have strong knowledge of internet communications tools
  • Be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities
  • Have strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team
  • Have some knowledge of low-income issues and a commitment to social justice, particularly immigrants’ rights

Additional language skills, as well as prior experience with immigration law, the immigrant community, and/or case management software are also strongly preferred.

About Us

Kentucky Equal Justice Center was formed in 1976 to work with all of Kentucky’s civil legal services programs on statewide issues and projects. Today, we are a flexible and responsive public interest advocacy organization with a wide variety of community partners. We convene statewide legal aid task forces in multiple areas of poverty law and provide immigration law services through Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington.  

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic (MSLC) became a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center in 2008. The Clinic was launched in 1999 by community volunteers to give free or low cost advice and assistance with immigration law to low-income people and their families. MSLC helps people fleeing persecution in their home countries; immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and other crimes; and Lawful Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens seeking reunification with immigrant family members.

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks a full-time Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Legal Assistant for its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. The VOCA Legal Assistant will assist case handlers serving…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    July 28, 2021
  • Education
    2-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Salary

$32,770 - $37,906$32,770 beginning salary and up DOE. $37,906 with 4 years experience.

Benefits

Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state or county employee plans.

Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through…

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish a must. Native Spanish speakers encouraged to apply

Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish a must. Native Spanish speakers encouraged to apply

Location

On-site
Lexington, KY, USA

How to Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to Leah Engle, Program Director Attorney, Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, at leahengle@kyequaljustice.org.

Please put “VOCA Legal Assistant” in the subject line of your email. For each reference, include a phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to Leah Engle, Program Director Attorney, Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, at leahengle@kyequaljustice.org…

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