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Bilingual Legal Advocate

Job Description
Organization: 
Family Tree, Inc.
Organization Type: 
501(c)(3)
Job Location: 
Denver Metro
Type of Job: 
Full-time
Job Category: 
Programs/Services
Job Description: 

The Bilingual Legal Advocate assists survivors (both Spanish and English speaking) of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault with accompaniment to court for civil and criminal hearings, staffs protection order clinics at Jefferson County court house, provides liaison with victim advocacy agencies and the criminal justice system, and provides advocacy for shelter residents and non-residential clients using a trauma informed, two-generational approach.  Must demonstrate a commitment to serving and working with all populations and people.

Areas of Responsibility
  1. Adhere to Family Tree mission, vision, values, goals, and personnel policies.
  2. Provides referrals to survivors at the courthouse to community legal services, attorneys, and victim advocacy and assistance programs.
  3. Translating court documents for mono-lingual Spanish speaking survivors before they file with the clerk.
  4. Providing culturally specific safety planning for Latinx survivors, especially around immigration concerns.
  5. Coordinates volunteer attorneys and facilitates a monthly legal clinic on Wednesday evenings, as well as other evening trainings as requested by supervisor.
  6. Interprets for Spanish speaking survivors attending a legal clinic conducted in English.
  7. Develops a Spanish specific legal clinic, separate from the English speaking legal clinics, which includes recruiting and coordinating Spanish speaking volunteer attorneys and paralegals.
  8. Prepares and accompanies Spanish and English-speaking survivors to court for temporary and permanent protection order hearings.
  9. Networks with community legal services and attorneys to provide pro bono legal assistance to victims.
  10. Maintains professional working relationship with judges, district attorneys, and victim advocates in order to effectively advocate for victims.
Requirements/Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, or related field or equivalent training and work experience.
  • Knowledge of domestic violence issues and one year experience working with survivors of domestic violence and the criminal justice system preferred, background checks required. Bilingual (Spanish/English) required
  • Requires sitting sometimes for long periods of time. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer, calculator and telephone. Requires normal range of hearing and vision.
  • Ability to provide own transportation necessary to travel between shelter and courthouse as needed.
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