Immigrant Crime Victim Specialist
Supervisor: Managing Attorney
Driven by the Jewish value of welcoming the stranger, HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal, resettlement and supportive services to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from all backgrounds in order to assure their fair treatment and full integration into American society. HIAS Pennsylvania advocates for just and inclusive public policies and practices.
This is an exempt position; salary is commensurate with experience. Deadline for applications: November 11, 2016. HIAS Pennsylvania and Friends of Farmworkers reserve the right to extend an offer to a qualified candidate before the application deadline date or to extend the application deadline.
General Position Description
HIAS Pennsylvania and Friends of Farmworkers seeks an immigrant crime victim specialist to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate direct social services to immigrant survivors of interpersonal violence and serious crimes. The work is multi-faceted and includes the provision of direct victim services including the following:
- information about the Criminal Justice Process
- information on Victims’ Rights
- referral to other victim service programs where appropriate
- referral for a range of services including legal assistance, therapy (including individual therapy and group therapy as appropriate), child care assistance, transportation assistance and ESL classes
- victim advocacy/accompaniment to emergency medical care
- law enforcement interview/advocacy/accompaniment
- interpreter services and language access advocacy
- crisis intervention services
- referral for individual counseling
- victim impact statement assistance
- criminal advocacy/accompaniment.
It also includes advocacy with various stakeholders and grant management related work. The candidate should have an MSW. Spanish language fluency is required. The ideal candidate will also have had prior experience working with immigrant victims of crime. Prior experience with a public interest organization is preferred.
- Provide support, counseling and information about the criminal justice system and safety planning
- Provide one-to-one trauma informed counseling
- Provide assistance in applying for public benefits
- Advocate for the needs of victims with medical providers, creditors, employers, landlord and various social service agencies
- Offer home visiting for victims unable to come into the office
- Participate in PCCD, diversity and other appropriate trainings
- Develop and maintain professional relationships with court, police, community groups, social service and agency employees
- Translate written materials as needed
- Keep comprehensive statistics on all of the above services
- Supervise MSW Student Placements
- Other duties as assigned.
The candidate should be passionate about HIAS PA’s and Friends of Farmworkers’ mission and history and have a demonstrated ability to work with diverse collaborators and stakeholders. In addition, the candidate should possess:
- MSW Degree (required)
- bi-lingual Spanish-English speaking skills (required)
- passion for working in a diverse community
- excellent organizational and time management skills
- ability to work independently/collaboratively
- excellent oral and written communication skills
- proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and database management
HIAS Pennsylvania and Friends of Farmworkers are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief.
If you are interested this position, please send a cover letter and resume via email to Veronica Cacho at email@example.com by November 11, 2016.