Victim of Crimes Act Legal Fellow - (Destination is open)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $51,450



Start Date


Application Deadline



1430 Franklin Street
United States


Who We Are:

Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to over 40,000 low-income people annually in a broad range of priority areas, including housing, employment, education, health, leadership development and immigration. The impact of CRLA’s advocacy has touched the lives of literally millions of low-income individuals, improving conditions for farmworkers, low-wage workers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBT communities, women, children and families in rural areas.

  • Position: VOCA Legal Fellow
  • Application Deadline: May 18, 2018, but candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
  • Location: NEGOTIABLE: Fellow will be placed in any one of CRLA’s field offices, but preferably in Santa Rosa, Stockton, Salinas, or Watsonville.
  • Term of Employment: Full-time, June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2020

Position Description:

Low-wage workers who are victims of employment-related crimes face significant challenges in obtaining access to justice and the wrap-around services that support their physical, emotional, and economic security needs. Victims of wage theft are often unaware that their employers are committing crimes, and law enforcement seldom investigates these crimes.

As part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellowship Program, CRLA seeks to utilize a Victim of Crimes Act (VOCA) Legal Fellow and Summer Law Student Intern to act as advocates for the most marginalized and exploited rural workers. Both will be supervised by CRLA’s VOCA Grants Manager, a licensed attorney.

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, outreach, and education, 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. All fellows will incorporate crime victims’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from the National Crime Victim Law Institute. 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.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties:

During the two-year grant period, Project Fellow will focus on three areas of impact:

  1. Community Awareness: Deliver know-your-rights presentations on the topics of wage theft, workplace violence, workplace sexual assault, and other workplace crimes for low-wage workers, as well as produce and distribute legal rights brochures.
  2. Access to Legal Services: Provide direct legal assistance in administrative procedures (e.g. Labor Commissioner, DEFH, and EEOC complaints), U, T and VAWA visas, civil court actions, and/or mediations with employers to rural victims, to include LGBT and/or indigenous victims of crime.
  3. Holistic Support: Conduct legal trainings and technical assistance to community service providers, to include LGBT/Indigenous community serving agencies. Provide external referrals to victims of crime.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Juris Doctorate Degree (new attorneys, as well as experienced attorneys, will be considered for the position)
  • Admitted to practice law in the State of California, pending admission, or willingness to take the next California Bar Exam
  • Spanish language skills are required, other language skills are helpful and welcomed
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse employee and client population
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate comprehensive services to crime victims/survivors
  • Ability to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally competent legal assistance to crime victims/survivors
  • Good people skills and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population
  • Ability to begin the fellowship by or about June 1, 2018 and serve for 2 years

Preferred (but not required) Education and Experience:

A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:

  • Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus
  • Knowledge of employment and/or immigration, consumer laws
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and desire to assist crime victims
  • Previous experience with vulnerable communities, such as farmworker and/or immigrant and migrant, indigenous or LGBT communities

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Generous benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, and 401K retirement plan contribution. Fourteen (14) paid Holidays, generous vacation and sick leave policy, some professional dues paid by CRLA and if qualified - participation in the School Loan Reimbursement Assistance Program (LRAP).

Level of Language Proficiency

Must speak Spanish

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


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