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Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Legal Fellow

Job Title: Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Legal Fellow
Supervisor: Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project Supervising Attorney
Deadline for applications: Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by May 14, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


HIAS Pennsylvania’s Mission: Driven by the Jewish value of welcoming the stranger, HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) Pennsylvania provides legal, resettlement and supportive services to immigrants and refugees from all backgrounds in order to assure their fair treatment and full integration into American society. HIAS Pennsylvania is one of the largest non-profit immigration legal service providers in Pennsylvania. With a current staff of 10 attorneys and 5 accredited representatives, the organization assists low income immigrants with adjustment of status, removal defense, family unification, citizenship, and asylum. HIAS Pennsylvania prioritizes providing services to vulnerable populations including survivors of interpersonal violence and unaccompanied and abused youth.

Position Summary: HIAS Pennsylvania will host a fellow over two years as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship should begin on or about June 1, 2018 and end May/June 2020. 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 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, and outreach and education to community partners. All fellows will incorporate crime victims’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical providers. 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.

We seek one Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Legal Fellow to join our staff to provide immigration legal services to children and young adults who have experienced trafficking. The Fellow will be supervised by HIAS Pennsylvania’s Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project and based in Philadelphia.

Fellowship Description:

The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow will:

  • Provide direct legal services to immigrant survivors of human trafficking, including representation in removal proceedings and in applications before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service;
  • Assist in screening youth who seek legal services, including those referred by partner agencies, for trafficking history and eligibility for legal remedies, and provide referrals where appropriate;
  • Provide support to HIAS Pennsylvania staff on cases dealing with humanitarian protections for survivors of human trafficking;
  • Conduct outreach and education activities, provide referrals, and leverage pro bono resources;
  • Collaborate with other Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellows
  • Actively participate in mandatory in-person training programs including two-day Crime Victims Justice Corps Victim Law Boot Camp training on June 2018 in Washington, DC; learning event at the end of the Fellowship; annual three-day Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in October/November 2018 and 2019 in Washington, DC, and training calls with the National Crime Victim Law Institute;
  • Assume general administrative responsibilities, including grant compliance/reporting, timekeeping, case management and other tasks related to Equal Justice Works program compliance.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • JD degree and admitted to practice law in any state;
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and desire to assist crime victims
  • Prior experience working with immigrant populations preferred;
  • Bi-lingual Spanish-English speaker required;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
  • An ability to provide survivor-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally competent legal assistance to crime survivors;
  • Ability to begin the fellowship by on or about June 1, 2018 and serve for 2 years
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, database management and internet;
  • Ability to work in a team and work with diverse professionals and human service workers;
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail;
  • Applicant must be able to drive and possess a valid U.S. driver’s license;
  • This position requires completion of state and FBI criminal background checks and child abuse clearances.

Salary and Benefits:
The Fellow will receive an annual salary as well as health insurance and other benefits including paid vacation, holidays and health-related leave; subsidized transit pass; position-related travel reimbursement; bar dues; and extensive training and professional development opportunities.

HIAS Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief.

If you are interested this position, please send your cover letter, resume and references via email with the subject “Equal Justice Works Fellow Application” to Edwin Jimenez at ejimenez@hiaspa.org.

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