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Human Trafficking Legal Fellow (HTLF) The candidate will train Partners and Attorneys for Referrals and Case Handling. Will train social service partners on identifying youth victims of labor trafficking. Establish protocol for exchange of warm referrals for legal and social services for identified labor trafficking victims. Oversee management of referrals from law enforcement agencies, social service providers, and other legal partners to initiate legal intake screening with potential human trafficking victims. Recruit and train volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono legal services for labor trafficked youth. Develop training materials including Legal Trafficking Case Manual to support pro bono representation.Evaluate and Assign Trafficking Cases to Volunteer Attorneys. Participate in regular case intake reviews with other legal services program staff to determine eligibility for ongoing representation. Meet with clients to discuss legal options and assess client's expressed interest in moving forward with legal action. Conduct basic needs assessments and provide resource referrals including making appropriate referrals to social service providers. Edit case summaries, case write ups and correspondence with volunteers attorneys and clients. Establish and follow protocol to engage case partners including sharing access to case handling portal and scheduling regular check-in meetings for group cases. Track Case Data. Work with Legal Trafficking Case Manager (LTCM) to maintain client electronic and paper case files to support the human trafficking legal services project. Assist with Intern Supervision. Assist with hiring and supervision of program interns including evaluating and interviewing intern applicants, delegating assignments through the LTCM and working with Program Director and LTCM to provide feedback and evaluations for interns. Recruit, Train and Support Volunteer Attorneys. Develop relationships with firms and attorneys interested in engaging in pro bono representation of youth labor trafficking victims. Develop and conduct trainings for pro bono attorneys and social service providers. Coordinate regular case support meetings with attorneys working on group trafficking cases. Provide ongoing support to volunteers handling individual trafficking cases. Monitor legal and county developments affecting labor trafficked youth and incorporate develops into ongoing trainings. Provide direct representation to labor trafficking victims with immigration relief, participation in criminal proceedings and referrals for potential civil remedies. Organization Duties. Attend and participate in staff meetings and program meetings. Represent The Advocates on appropriate coalitions, bar association committees and working groups. Support program and organization-wide events that occur throughout the year. Participate in organization communications efforts, including the monthly Newswire, blogs, Asylum Update, and Observer magazine. Must have a J.D. and active attorney licensure in good standing with 3 years of experience in immigration law, criminal law or civil litigation; experience with volunteer recruitment and training; and experience working with low-income and non-native English speakers; fluency in Spanish preferred. Must be Licensed attorney in any U.S. jurisdiction. Demonstrated knowledge of and expertise in the causes, dynamics and common industries related to labor trafficking. Familiarity with immigration, criminal and civil remedies for trafficking victims is required. Should have experience organizing, working with or advocating on behalf of underrepresented populations, including in rural communities. Must have experience working with youth victims of violence from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience in training and public speaking. Knowledge of another language preferred.
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