Legal Advocate

Tapestri, Inc.
Tucker, Georgia
Aug 06, 2019
Sep 05, 2019
Focus Areas
Human Services
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

                          Job Description – Legal Advocate


The Legal Victim Advocate performs all job functions in a manner that is trauma informed, culturally competent, and consistent with Tapestri’s mission, values, philosophy, and policies. Provides comprehensive consultations and assists the DOJ Representative on a range of immigration matters, including VAWA self-petitions, U and T Visa petitions, and Adjustment of status


Legal Advocate responsibilities include:


  • Performs legal research
  • Meets with clients to determine case strategy based on their goals and the law.
  • Drafts, reviews and assist the DOJ Representative with filing appropriate immigration applications, such as VAWA, U-Visas, etc.
  • Represent Tapestri at local coalition meetings and participate in local and national advocacy initiatives;
  • Stay current on relevant immigration laws and policies by attending trainings and conferences and reviewing new laws and regulations;
  • Engage with domestic violence providers to coordinate service delivery and identify/address issues that have an impact on victims
  • Provide information to victims of domestic violence about the laws, resources, and services available.
  • Attend court with clients to provide emotional support as appropriate.
  • Document all interactions with clients and follow up with appropriate documentation in files- accurately and within agency deadline requirements.
  • Provide all the above in Spanish and English, with competency of cultural background
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Abide by professional confidentiality guidelines of organization.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish;
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and knowledge of issues involved in working with diverse populations and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or other trauma;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience working with domestic violence survivors required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse multidisciplinary team; and
  • Must have the ability to work with clients facing difficult immigration issues
  • Interpersonal and organizational skills of the highest caliber; as well as excellent writing, research and analytical skills are required;
  • Prior experience in the relevant practice areas or in working with immigrant populations will be weighed favorably.
  • Family Law and Immigration Law experience required
  • Second language is required
  • Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365);
  • Basic knowledge of the criminal justice system and victimology
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural/ethnic diversity of the service population and the needs of special populations

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interviewing skills to accurately assess client needs.
  • Knowledgeable about immigration law specifically VAWA, UVISA, Adjustment of status 
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills to assist in the development of strategic partnerships and collaborative projects.
  • Must demonstrate an acceptance and respect for cultural diversity in all its forms, including ethnicity, sexual orientation, abilities, and religious backgrounds & demonstrated ability to serve individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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