Career Opportunities

Internships

For information on available internships in our Massachusetts and Oregon offices, please click here.

Opportunities in Massachusetts

There are currently no carreer opportunities available in our Massachusetts office.

Opportunities in Oregon

Title:      Paralegal
Status:  Part-time; Temporary; VRLC Oregon office

Job Description:

Under the supervision of VRLC staff attorneys, the paralegal will provide support to immigrant victims of sexual assault. The paralegal will be the first point of contact for immigration clients and will help two staff attorneys prepare applications for various forms of immigration relief. The paralegal will also conduct client intakes, translate client documents, and assist in other administrative tasks.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct initial phone screening with potential clients to assess eligibility for VRLC services
  • Schedule client intakes and appointments with staff attorneys
  • Work with clients to gather immigration and assault-related information and documentation
  • Translate client documents and other supporting evidence
  • Draft immigration forms and assist clients in writing personal declarations
  • Compile applications for various forms of immigration relief, including U visas, T visas, DACA and VAWA self-petitions, for both principal applicants and derivative applicants
  • Other administrative tasks as directed
  • (Other possible duties: Client screening/intakes, U cert requests and follow-up) 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Fluency in Spanish and English required (oral, written, and reading)
  • 2 years relevant experience in the legal profession, immigration law experience strongly desired
  • Demonstrated commitment to protecting the rights of vulnerable populations, experience working with sexual assault survivors strongly desired
  • Ability to handle and resolve recurring problems in a courteous and professional manner
  • Excellent writing, verbal, and computer skills
  • Able to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives without supervision
  • The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented, highly flexible, and self-motivated

To apply: E-mail us your resume and letter of interest, including salary requirements.

Title:              VRLC Staff Attorney (VOCA Grant Funded)
Status:           Full-time; VRLC Oregon office

Description:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free, holistic legal services to adult and minor sexual assault survivors in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties, Oregon; to transgender survivors statewide; and to sexual assault victims throughout Massachusetts. The VRLC also provides national training, mentorship, tools, research, and resources for lawyers, advocates, and other professionals on the legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. The full-time VOCA-funded staff attorney is a Portland, OR, based position. The attorney will be responsible for providing legal assistance to adult and minor sexual assault survivors; helping to recruit, train, and mentor lawyers and law students; and collaborate effectively with grant and community partners.

General Responsibilities:

  • Conduct holistic, comprehensive legal intakes with adult and minor sexual assault survivors
  • Provide survivor-centered legal services to sexual assault victims in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties on matters including but not limited to privacy, safety, employment, housing, financial stability, immigration, and education
  • Assist sexual assault victims in navigating the criminal justice system
  • Represent transgender survivors statewide with gender marker document changes (birth certificate, driver license, passport, etc.) to promote victim privacy and safety
  • Conduct outreach and work collaboratively with grant and community partners, including probono attorneys, sexual assault / domestic violence agencies, and population-specific providers.
  • Mentor and support pro bono attorneys representing VRLC clients
  • Participate in intake and case assessment meetings with VRLC staff
  • Assist with grant management including client services data collection and grant reporting
  • Work collaboratively with a team of VRLC lawyers, support staff, and volunteers
  • Recruit, train, and supervise law students to create county-specific pro se packets for transgender sexual assault survivors to petition for document changes.

Required Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Oregon
  • Minimum 3 years legal experience
  • Willingness to submit to background check and to comply with VRLC background check policy
  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and comfortable driving throughout the state
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations
  • Courtroom experience

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working with transgender, children, or other vulnerable communities
  • Bilingual reading, writing, and speaking ability in English and Spanish
  • Experience creating and delivering effective trainings
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving victims of gender-based violence

To apply: E-mail us your resume, including salary requirements; writing sample; and letter of interest. Position open until filled.
 

Non-Discrimination Policy:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the Victim Rights Law Center.