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VOCA Immigration Fellow

Kentucky Equal Justice Center (KEJC) seeks an attorney or DOJ-accredited representative with immigration law experience for its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic (MSLC) in Lexington. The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Immigration Fellow will engage in immigration application assistance to victims of crime, including:

  • assistance with VAWA self-petitions
  • applications for U visas and T visas
  • applications for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

Up to two positions available.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Fellow will be expected to:

  • Learn immigration law remedies available to victims of crime in order to provide them at a high level of practice
  • Provide legal counsel and representation for clients including initial case consultations to determine appropriate immigration remedies
  • Refer immigrant victims of crime to appropriate support services through partner agencies
  • Prepare cases for submission to the federal government issuing immigration benefits including forms, supporting documentation and responses to requests for information
  • Learn an immigration case management system and keep up-to-date records needed for reporting purposes
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and confidential case files
  • Participate in VOCA-related grant compliance, reporting, and fundraising

Education and Experience
Options include:
  • Juris Doctor with bar membership in the United States
  • Juris Doctor with potential to become licensed within 6 months of hire
  • Other relevant degree and experience, eligible to become accredited with the Department of Justice (DOJ) within 6 months of hire

Additional Qualifications
The ideal candidate also will demonstrate:
  • A high level of proficiency in English and Spanish (bilingual required)
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, working with people who are foreign-born representing different cultures and economic backgrounds
  • Strong public speaking skills in Spanish
  • Ability to manage a client caseload for immigration legal benefits
  • Ability to work well independently and in a small team of immigration attorneys, legal assistants, students, and volunteers

Location
Maxwell Street Legal Clinic is located in Lexington, Kentucky.

Salary and Benefits
Attorney salary $40,800 or higher DOE. Non-attorney salary $32,000 or higher DOE. Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state or county employee plans.

Application instructions
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to:

Leah Engle, Program Director Attorney
Maxwell Street Legal Clinic
leahengle@kyequaljustice.org

Please put “VOCA Immigration Fellow” in the subject line of your email. For each reference, include a mailing address, phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Application Deadline


For more information
Contact Leah Engle at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, 201 East Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY, 40508. Email: leahengle@kyequaljustice.org.




VOCA Legal Assistant

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks a full-time Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Legal Assistant for its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. The VOCA Legal Assistant will assist case handlers serving immigration victims of crime with client intake, appointment scheduling, case file set up and management, translations and interpretation, timekeeping and grant reporting.

Duties and responsibilities
For immigrant victims of crime, the VOCA Legal Assistant will:
  • Conduct client intake via telephone or in-person interviews in English and Spanish, as well as other languages through use of telephonic interpretation service
  • Meet daily with VOCA case handlers to discuss client eligibility for grant-funded services and next steps in cases
  • Schedule appointments for clients with their case handlers
  • Refer clients to other service providers for support services for victims of crime
  • Translate documents between English and Spanish
  • Provide interpretation between English and Spanish during client consultations, including consultations with volunteer attorneys
  • Create and maintain case files for clients and input data related to legal cases into case management software
  • Complete required time and attendance sheets, programmatic documentation, reports and statistics

Qualifications
The VOCA Legal Assistant should:
  • Have strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Be fluent in Spanish and English
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be comfortable working in a multi-cultural setting, sensitive to language and cultural issues
  • Have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Have strong computer skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Have some knowledge of internet communications tools
  • Be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities
  • Be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team
  • Have some knowledge of low-income issues and a commitment to social justice, particularly immigrants’ rights

Additional language skills, as well as prior experience with immigration law, the immigrant community, and/or case management software are also strongly preferred.

Salary and benefits
Legal Assistant salary $29,120 to $33,280 DOE. Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state or county employee plans.

Application Instructions
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to:

Leah Engle, Program Director Attorney
Maxwell Street Legal Clinic
leahengle@kyequaljustice.org

Please put “VOCA Legal Assistant” in the subject line of your email. For each reference, include a mailing address, phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Application Deadline
Deadline extended to February 12, 2018, or when filled. Qualified candidates may be interviewed before the deadline.

For more information
Contact Leah Engle at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, 201 East Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY, 40508. Email: leahengle@kyequaljustice.org.


About Us

Kentucky Equal Justice Center was formed in 1976 to work with all of Kentucky’s civil legal services programs on statewide issues and projects. Today we are a flexible and responsive public interest advocacy organization with a wide variety of community partners. We convene periodic statewide task forces in four areas of poverty law—Consumer and Housing, Family, Welfare and Health and Workers’ Rights—and provide immigration law services through Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Our work includes policy advocacy in all these areas.

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic became a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center in January, 2008. Launched in 1999 by community volunteers, the Clinic offers free or low cost advice and assistance with immigration law to low-income people and their families. The program helps people fleeing persecution in their home countries; immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and other crimes; youth who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; Lawful Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens seeking reunification with family members; and Lawful Permanent Residents seeking citizenship.