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Maxwell Street Legal Clinic
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
13 days ago

Description

Bilingual 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 immigrant victims of crime with client intake, appointment scheduling, case file set up and management, evidence gathering, translations and interpretation, timekeeping, and grant reporting.  The VOCA legal assistant will work primarily in assisting victims of crime who are eligible for immigration benefits based on their victimization.

Duties and responsibilities
To help 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
  • Work daily with VOCA case handlers to discuss client eligibility for grant-funded services and next steps in cases
  • Assisting case handlers with cases, including working with community partners, gathering records, and communicating with clients
  • 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
  • Monitor pending cases for U nonimmigrant status, including annual case updates for clients and change of address
  • Help with general office and administrative work
  • Complete required time and attendance sheets, programmatic documentation, reports and statistics


Requirements

Qualifications
The VOCA Legal Assistant should:

  • Be fluent in Spanish and English required
  • Be comfortable working in a multi-cultural setting, sensitive to language and cultural issues
  • Be able to demonstrate high levels of sensitivity toward vulnerable individuals who have been victims of crimes
  • Have strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Workspace platforms
  • Have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Have excellent attention to detail
  • Have strong knowledge of internet communications tools
  • Be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities
  • Have strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • 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.

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 phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Application Deadline
July 28, 2021 or open until filled. Qualified candidates may be interviewed before the deadline.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57832777
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky, United States
  • Position Title: VOCA Legal Assistant
  • Company Name: Maxwell Street Legal Clinic
  • Job Function: Social Services/Case Management
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Associates Degree
  • Min Experience: 0-1 Year
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $32,770.00 (Yearly Salary)

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