Legal Advocate

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

                          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.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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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