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Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation


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Published 7 days ago

$46,000 - $48,000

About CAASE

Mission and Vision

CAASE envisions a community free from all forms of sexual exploitation, including sexual assault and the commercial sex trade. CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. Our work includes prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services.

Values

Social and institutional systems do not adequately serve survivors of sexual violation. Sexual violation disproportionately harms people from marginalized communities, including girls and women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, people living in poverty, and immigrants and undocumented people. To best support survivors, CAASE confronts the inequities that fuel or intersect with sexual harm. Our dedication to this work is reflected in our values.  

  • Dignity - We respect the inherent humanity of all people and strive to expand opportunities for personal autonomy.
  • Accountability - We answer to survivors and collaborate with allies as we seek to hold those responsible for harm accountable.
  • Progress - We create individual, institutional and cultural change by using innovative approaches to ending sexual harm. 
  • Equity - We commit to building a world where every person, with consideration for their intersecting identities and unique circumstances, has the same access to opportunity and power.

CAASE does not discriminate against job applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, age, order of protection status, physical or mental disability, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, marital status, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military services. CAASE supports a person’s full access to reproductive health information and services.

About the Opportunity

CAASE’s Legal Program utilizes legal representation of survivors of sexual assault and exploitation through prostitution to further the organization’s mission to end sexual exploitation. CAASE’s direct legal services include advocacy within the context of the criminal justice system, civil legal representation using a variety of civil laws specific to Illinois and related to sexual assault and prostitution, and protection of the panoply of other legal rights that victims have in the context of their schooling, their workplace, and their housing. CAASE does not engage in family law or criminal defense work.

The Paralegal serves as the primary administrative and clerical support for the CAASE Legal Program. The Paralegal manages the legal program’s general office administration, including greeting visitors, answering phones, maintaining program files and case management database, and assisting with correspondence. The associate works directly with the CAASE Senior Paralegal in completing intakes of potential clients and assisting CAASE staff attorneys with administrative legal and client matters.

Responsibilities:

Work closely with the Legal Director and Senior Paralegal to support CAASE’s direct legal representation of survivors of sexual assault and exploitation, primarily through the following administrative and clerical duties:

  • Serving with Senior Paralegal as the initial point of contact for survivors seeking legal services;
  • Conducting initial screening and intake interviews with survivors, running conflicts checks, reviewing intakes with Senior Paralegal and Legal Director, and scheduling client consultations;
  • Assisting with administration of the Coordinated Services Program, including scheduling and staffing quarterly meetings and maintaining communications with victim advocates on behalf of staff attorneys;
  • Screening and routing telephone calls and correspondence sent to staff attorneys and legal director; 
  • Maintaining the office calendar, case docket, and case management database; 
  • Assisting in the preparation and organization of case files;
  • Ordering and facilitating requests for police reports, transcripts, and other records; 
  • Composing and preparing correspondence, such as advocate and client updates, court filings, and other documents, requiring a high degree of accuracy;
  • Filing documents with various legal venues and courts; and
  • Providing other administrative and clerical support for CAASE Legal Director and staff attorneys as requested.

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Associate’s degree or higher, paralegal certification, or comparable professional training and experience, in criminal justice, bookkeeping, accounting, office administration, as a paralegal, or similar field. 
  • Excellent and demonstrated communication and organizational skills, with exceptional attention to detail. 
  • Motivated and able to work well under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and commitment to teamwork and collaborative work models.
  • Proficiency with preparation of correspondence and other documents using word-processing software.
  • Proficiency with basic office management systems and ability to complete data entry and manage information tracking systems.
  • Strong technology skills.
  • Experience working in legal settings and within systems that require high levels of attention to confidentiality concerns and requirements. 
  • Ability to interact with diverse populations in a culturally responsive manner. 
  • Experience with victims of crime or other people who have experienced trauma a plus. 
  • Language ability other than English a plus (Spanish, Polish, Mandarin, or Arabic preferred).

Status: Full time, non-exempt.

Reports to: Senior Paralegal

This position will be funded as part of CAASE’s work on the Victims’ Rights Enforcement Project. The Victims’ Rights Enforcement Project–also known as Rights In Systems Enforced Project (“RISE Project”) is a project of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI). Funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), award number 2018-V3-GX-K018, the RISE Project is funding six legal Clinics to provide crime victims with access to legal representation to assert and seek enforcement of their rights throughout criminal justice processes, increase awareness of victims’ rights and increase victim access to no cost legal services through an expanded body of attorneys knowledgeable about rights assertion and enforcement in criminal trial and appellate courts.

About CAASE

Mission and Vision

CAASE envisions a community free from all forms of sexual exploitation, including sexual assault and the commercial sex trade. CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Professional

Benefits

CAASE provides a competitive benefits package, including health, dental, and life insurance as well as 401k contributions and generous paid time off. Salary mid-forties, negotiable depending on experience.  

CAASE provides a competitive benefits package, including health, dental, and life insurance as well as 401k contributions and generous paid time off. Salary mid-forties…

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Language ability other than English a plus (Spanish, Polish, Mandarin, or Arabic preferred).
  • Language ability other than English a plus (Spanish, Polish, Mandarin, or Arabic preferred).

How to Apply

How to Apply: ​Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, send a substantive cover letter, resume, and writing sample via email to hr@caase.org or by mail at CAASE, ATTN: HR, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1818, Chicago, IL 60601. No phone calls please.

How to Apply: ​Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, send a substantive cover letter, resume, and writing sample via email to hr@caase.org or by mail at…

Location

307 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601

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