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Equal Justice Works Crimes Victims Justice Corps (CVJC) Fellow

Req ID: 5059
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Fellowship
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Equal Justice Works Crimes Victims Justice Corps (CVJC) Fellow Position:

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) has received a new grant through the Equal Justice Works Crimes Victims Justice Corps (CVJC) to increase legal immigration services for survivors of human trafficking. The Counter-Trafficking Project at NIJC is seeking to hire a fellow under this grant for a two-year period beginning on or about June 1, 2018 and ending May/June 2020.


Fellowship Program:

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.


NIJC’s Counter-Trafficking Project:

The Counter-Trafficking Project provides direct legal immigration services to immigrant survivors of trafficking including representation before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The CTP’s clients are survivors of both labor and sex trafficking who are currently in DHS custody or have fled their traffickers and are non-detained. The EJW CVJC fellow will conduct trauma-informed legal screenings, make appropriate referrals to other service providers, provide direct legal representation and advocate on behalf of survivors with criminal justice law enforcement. Additionally, the EJW CVJC fellow will conduct outreach to non-legal service providers in the Chicagoland area in order to increase the identification of trafficking survivors.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct immigration legal services to immigrant survivors of labor and sex trafficking before USCIS and EOIR, including both affirmative and defensive representation.
  • Travel to Department of Homeland Security Detention Facilities to conduct intake interviews and meetings with detained clients.
  • Advise victims on their rights under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.
  • Accompany survivors to law enforcement interviews and advocate on their behalf.
  • Train legal and non-legal service providers on how to identify trafficking survivors and provide referrals.
  • Train and provide assistance to pro bono attorneys representing trafficking survivors.
  • Remain current on immigration law, policies and procedures. Remain current on implications of criminal and civil law as it applies to the representation of immigrants and refugees.
  • Maintain complete and accurate client records. Prepare timely statistical reports. Conduct quarterly case audits for presentation and review of the supervisor.
  • Adhere to professional standards as outlined by governmental bodies, (and/or other appropriate professional associations), private funding sources, organization plans/policies and unit guidelines.
  • 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



  • Licensed to practice law
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest work and desire to assist indigent clients, particularly survivors of trafficking
  • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Ability to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally competent legal assistance to crime victims/survivors
  • 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 on or about June 1, 2018 and serve for 2 years
  • Those with legal experience in crime victims’ rights enforcement, victim services and/or immigration law are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus
  • Language Skills: Fluency in a second language.

Salary and other support:

The Fellow will receive an annual salary, as well as health insurance and other benefits.

Application Instructions:

  • Apply for the Equal Justice Works Crimes Victims Justice Corps (CVJC) Fellowship on Heartland Alliance’s job board.
  • The deadline for applications is May 21, 2018, or until position is filled, but candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
  • NIJC 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.

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