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Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Legal Fellowship
The Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) will host a fellow over two years as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship will begin on or about June 1, 2018 and end May/June 2020.
NVRDC empowers victims of all crimes to achieve survivor defined justice through a collaborative continuum of advocacy, case management and legal services. Founded in 2012, NVRDC has grown to 25 staff who have served 3,000 victims since inception.
NVRDC’s direct services are organized into three programs. NVRDC’s Therapeutic and Advocacy Program runs the District’s Sexual Assault Crisis Response—providing 24- hour hospital advocacy to survivors seeking a Sexual Assault Nurse Exam. NVRDC’s Civil Legal Services Program offers representation in Civil Protection Order cases for survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking. NVRDC also represents survivors of sexual assault and stalking on college campuses through the Title IX campus administrative process. NVRDC’s Crime Victims’ Rights Program represents all victim populations in asserting their rights under the DC Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights and the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act.
About the Fellowship:
NVRDC will host a Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow to increase high quality, trauma-informed, culturally competent, and comprehensive legal assistance available for campus survivors, identity theft and fraud victims, victims of hate crimes, and immigrant victims in DC. The fellow will be supervised by NVRDC, located at 6856 Eastern Ave, NW, Washington DC 20012.
The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to 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. Learn more about the program here: www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/Crime-Victims-Justice-Corps.
The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow will advocate for and represent victims of crime in DC. This attorney will work collaboratively with NVRDC's leadership, legal team, and case managers to provide legal support and advocacy to victims of crime. The Fellow will be committed to working with people from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, educational, and vocational backgrounds to demonstrate NVRDC’s dedication to social justice and access to justice for all victims of crime in DC. The majority of the Fellow’s time will be spent maintaining a civil and criminal caseload. This legal advocacy will include Civil Protection Order representation, campus administrative Title IX representation, and direct representation of crime victims in DC Superior Court pursuant to the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (18 U.S.C. § 3771) and the DC Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights (DC Code 23-1901).
Specific responsibilities include:
- Assisting crime victims in DC with criminal legal advocacy, support, and representation;
- Providing civil legal advocacy and representation related to Civil Protection Orders;
- Offering Title IX assistance for campus survivors of intimate partner violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking;
- Working closely with NVRDC’s case management staff to develop and deploy NVRDC Outreach trainings;
- Maintaining accurate case records and responsibility for project specific grant reporting;
- Working closely with law enforcement agencies, schools, health and welfare agencies, and community partners;Representing NVRDC within the victim services and legal communities;
- Continuing to grow and seek professional development opportunities for the position and organization; and
- Providing direct legal services to survivors affected by identity theft, campus sexual assault, hate crimes, and immigrant victims to address the range of legal issues that arise from the victimization;
- Providing crime victims’ rights enforcement;
- Contribute to programmatic reporting required under the federal award;
- Collaborating with other Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellows;
- Actively participating in mandatory in-person training programs including two-day Crime Victims Justice Corps Victim Law Boot Camp training on June 28-29, 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;
- Providing, over the course of a two year period, screening of legal issues for 180 survivors, brief advice to 45 victims, direct representation to 20 survivors including Title IX advocacy, CPO representation, and victims’ rights enforcement, 40 referrals, 8 outreach events to increase awareness of rights and services, and 3 victims’ rights trainings for 20 pro bono attorneys.
- Performing other duties as needed.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- DC-barred attorney (or has a DC Bar application currently pending)—applicants who do not meet this qualification will not be considered.
- A demonstrated desire to work with crime victims and ensure they receive needed services;
- Demonstrated commitment to providing representation for campus survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner/dating violence, and stalking seeking Title IX accommodations and campus student conduct hearing assistance;
- Strong oral and written communications skills;
- Knowledge of victim services available within DC;
- Experience working for marginalized and underserved communities and crime victims;
- A reputation for integrity, dependability, and professionalism;
- 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, 2018 and serve for 2 years;
- Those with legal experience in crime victims’ rights enforcement and victim service are strongly encouraged to apply; and
- Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus.
NVRDC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital or relationship status, veteran status, or status as a victim of sexual or domestic violence or stalking, or any other status protected by applicable federal and District of Columbia laws. Reasonable accommodations are available to qualified applicants upon request. Auxiliary aids and services are available in alternative formats.
Salary and other support:
The Fellow will receive an annual salary, as well as health insurance and other benefits. Interested applicants should contact NVRDC with any follow-up questions.
Benefits provided by NVRDC:
NVRDC offers a competitive benefits package including contribution for the cost of the health care coverage, retirement plan options with a 3% match, and professional development.
Please note that NVRDC will only consider applicants who are current members of the DC Bar or who have a pending application for admission by motion to the DC Bar under Rules 46(d)(3), 46(e)(3)(A), or Rule 46(e)(3)(B). Applicants who fail to meet this requirement will not be considered.
Interested candidates should apply by submitting a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to email@example.com by May 10, 2018. All inquiries related to this position should be submitted via email only to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Application Deadline: May 10, 2018, but candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
NVRDC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status as a victim of sexual or domestic violence or stalking, or any other status protected by applicable federal and District of Columbia laws. Reasonable accommodations are available to qualified applicants upon request. Auxiliary aids and services are available in alternative formats.