Legal Aid of Western Missouri will host a fellow over two years as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship should begin on or about June 1, 2018 and end May/June 2020.
The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime victims. A cohort of approximately sixty fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to provide direct representation to victims of crimes, including human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant victims of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief, and outreach and education to community partners. All fellows will incorporate crime victims’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical assistance providers.
This program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2017-MU-MU-K131, and private funding.
Legal Aid of Western Missouri (LAWMO) intends to hire 1 TVPA Fellow to provide quality civil legal services to human trafficking victims throughout Missouri. While this Fellow will be based out of an office in Kansas City, Missouri, the Fellow will assist any victim of human trafficking within LAWMO’s 40-county service area in western Missouri, as well as agricultural workers that are victims of labor trafficking and residing in any of Missouri’s 114 counties.
Since its inception in 1964, LAWMO has provided civil legal services free of charge to income-eligible clients and has always prioritized serving our community’s most vulnerable populations with respect and integrity. As the 9th largest law firm in the Kansas City area with 58 dedicated attorneys on staff, LAWMO has the experience and commitment to address the legal needs of human trafficking victims. Every year, LAWMO handles over 5,000 cases and reaches thousands more through community outreach and education.
Over the course of two years, we expect the Fellow will (1) augment existing civil legal services to victims of human trafficking; (2) fortify community and governmental partnerships; and (3) empower a network of legal advocates to engender systemic change. The Fellow will be jointly supervised by Jennifer Wieman Earles, Supervising Attorney of the Immigration Unit, and William Shull, Managing Attorney of the Migrant Farmworkers Project, two attorneys with nearly 50 years of collective legal experience.
The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow will:
Provide direct legal services to human trafficking survivors to address the range of civil legal issues that arise from the victimization. Legal services may include (1) U visas (if ineligible for a T visa); (2) T visas; (3) administrative complaints to the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Council (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational and Safety Hazard Association (OSHA), the U.S. DOL Wage and Hour Division, and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Immigrant and Employee Rights Division (IER); (4) access to legal representation on denials or terminations of public benefits, including unemployment compensation, food stamps and/or Medicaid; and (5) assistance with family law matters, including orders of protection, guardianship, divorce, and custody.
Provide crime victims’ rights enforcement.
Conduct outreach and education activities, provide referrals, and leverage pro bono resources.
Contribute to programmatic reporting required under the federal award.
Collaborate with other Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellows.
Actively participate in mandatory in-person training programs including two-day Crime Victims Justice Corps Victim Law Boot Camp training on June 28-29, 2018, in Washington, DC; learning event at the end of the Fellowship; annual three-day Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in October/November 2018 and 2019 in Washington, DC; and training calls with the National Crime Victim Law Institute.
Salary and other support
The Fellow will receive an annual salary, as well as health insurance and other benefits.
Salary: $41,365 +DOE. This position includes a $1,000 sign-on bonus for Spanish language fluency.
Benefits provided by Legal Aid of Western Missouri: Medical and dental insurance, voluntary vision insurance, voluntary life insurance, long and short-term disability insurances, 401(k)/match and retirement plans, paid vacation, sick, personal and holiday pay, flexible spending account, travel reimbursement, and annual Missouri bar dues provided.
LAWMO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Those applicants requiring an accommodation to the interview/application process should contact the Human Resources Department at HR@lawmo.org
Legal Aid of Western Missouri (LAWMO) is a not-for-profit corporation created in 1964 to provide legal assistance in civil matters to low-income persons. Legal Aid of Western Missouri offers a professional and friendly work environment with integrity as our guiding principle. We are an equal opportunity employer with recruitment efforts focused on ensuring a diverse workforce.
To apply for this position go to www.lawmo.org. Click on the Employment tab to access Employment Openings, click on the Equal Justice Works Fellow option to submit an online application.
Legal Aid of Western Missouri is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status.
Application Deadline: May 15, 2018 but candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
Licensed to practice law in any U.S. state. Preference will be given to applicants currently licensed in Missouri.
A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and a sincere desire to assist crime victims.
Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
An ability to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally competent legal assistance to crime victims/survivors.
An ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations to facilitate comprehensive services to crime victims/survivors.
Ability to begin the fellowship by on or about June 1, 2018 and serve for 2 years.
Full professional oral and written proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred, but not required.
Must have a valid driver license and reliable transportation as travel to client communities and outreach events is required (mileage will be reimbursed). Day, evening and overnight travel to service areas in Missouri is required.
Flexibility, willingness to learn areas of law, critical thinking, intrapersonal communication and attention to detail are vital skills for this position.
Initiative, vision and a strong commitment to the struggle for social justice.
Ability to prioritize responsibilities and have fun in a high energy, fast paced work environment.
Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.
Aptitude for and willingness to be a team player.
Law school clinic, externship, summer, or other relevant practical experience is a plus.
Those with legal experience in crime victims’ rights enforcement and victim service are strongly encouraged to apply.
Experience working with farmworkers, and with employment and family based immigration law is preferred. Family based immigration cases include: naturalization, family petitions and forms of humanitarian relief such as VAWA, U and T cases.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits provided by Legal Aid of Western Missouri: Medical and dental insurance, voluntary vision insurance, voluntary life insurance, long and short-term disability insurances, 401(k)/match and retirement plans, paid vacation, sick, personal and holiday pay, flexible spending account, travel reimbursement, and annual Missouri bar dues provided.
About Legal Aid of Western Missouri
Legal Aid of Western Missouri (LAWMO) is a non-profit corporation created in 1964 to provide legal assistance in civil matters to low-income persons. Our program as a whole serves a 40-county area in Western Missouri, with rural offices in St. Joseph, Joplin and Warrensburg, a neighborhood office in Kansas City, and a main Central office which is also located in Kansas City.