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ICS is hiring for an Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Legal Fellow

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Human Trafficking Fellowship: Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps 

 ICS will host a fellow for 12 months as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship should begin on or about June 1, 2019 and end July 31, 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 crime, 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 assistance. The fellow will be supervised by ICS and based in Portland, Oregon.

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.

 

Fellowship Description 

Provide direct legal services to human trafficking survivors. The fellow will focus on representing clients in seeking lawful immigration status, but will also work closely with partner organizations to address the range of civil legal issues that arise from the victimization. The fellow will represent survivors seeking affirmative relief with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and those who are in removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR);

  • Conduct intake assessments with potential survivors of human trafficking;
  • Conduct outreach and education activities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington (overnight travel may be required);
  • Provide referrals, and leverage pro bono resources;
  • Help create culturally appropriate training and education materials;
  • Contribute to programmatic reporting required under the federal award;
  • Collaborate with other Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellows; and
  • Actively participate in mandatory in-person training programs sponsored by Equal Justice Works, including the Leadership Development Training in October 2019 in Washington, DC; and training calls with the National Crime Victim Law Institute

Qualifications

 

 The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and desire to assist crime victims
  • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • An ability to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally competent legal assistance to crime victims/survivors
  • An ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations to facilitate comprehensive services to crime victims/survivors
  • Ability to begin the fellowship by on or about June 1, 2019 and serve for 14 months
  • Those with legal experience in crime victims’ rights enforcement and victim service are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus
  • Spanish language proficiency required
  • 1-2 years’ experience working in immigration law a plus

Salary and other support

The Fellow will receive an annual salary, as well as health and dental insurance.  Interested applicants should contact ICS with any follow-up questions.

Benefits provided by ICS

Health and dental insurance provided.  Position related travel reimbursement, AILA membership.

This is an EXEMPT Position

REPORTS TO: ICS Executive Director

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES SUPERVISED BY THIS POSITION: None

 

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

May require evening or weekend work; working with challenging clients; driving to centers where clients are located; may spend up to 7 hours per day using a computer (sit or stand), including keyboard and mouse, and using telephone; occasional lifting boxes of files or packages weighing up to 25 pounds.

 

Other Requirements

The position may require occasional driving of a motor vehicle which requires a valid Oregon driver’s license.

 

Equal Opportunity

ICS is an equal opportunity employer: ICS does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, family relationship, marital status, veteran status, military service, or any other classification protected by local, state, or federal law.

Any employee who needs accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job should communicate with the Executive Director.  We will work with an employee to evaluate whether there is a reasonable accommodation that does not pose an undue hardship on the organization.  Any proposed accommodation that creates an undue hardship on the organization, that does not allow the employee to perform the essential functions of the job, or that poses a serious safety risk to others that cannot be mitigated, is not a reasonable accommodation.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and will begin immediately.  ICS may require a Spanish language test as part of the application process. Please send the following documents to admin@ics-law.org:  1)  a cover letter expressing your interest in this position and your level of Spanish language ability addressed to the Committee below;  2)  a current resume; 3)  contact information for 3 references;  and  4) a short writing sample.

 

Human Trafficking Fellowship Hiring Committee

Immigration Counseling Service (ICS)

519 SW Park Avenue, Suite 610

Portland, OR 97205