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Legal Advocate The candidate will serve as a liaison with the legal system, assist clients in obtaining PFAs, provide options counseling and referrals and will work to support the client during trial proceedings. Responsible for in-depth client interviews, gathering and organizing information and keeping statistical data as required. Will maintain confidential materials associated with the clients. Options counseling by introducing the client to legal options and what to expect. Provide support individually/group and provide court accompaniment to clients. Develop basic knowledge of Protection from Abuse (PFA) statute and alternatives; draft PFA Pro Se petitions. Provide education and support in obtaining legal rights of client and provide referrals and accompaniment to appropriate systems and agencies. Acts as a client advocate with government, police, legal, and partnering agencies. Stay up-to-date and have a thorough knowledge of all legislation which may affect victims of crime and/or the department. Maintain cooperative working relationship with community agencies such as the county court system including the Victim/Witness Program of the District Attorneyâ€™s office, etc. Attends YWCA-held and community special events as required. Adheres to YWCA conduct and service standards per funding agencies such as PCADV, etc. Bachelorâ€™s degree in criminal justice or related and 2+ years of related work experience.
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