Career Opportunities

All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The Victim Rights Law Center does not accept candidate applications from recruiting agencies or unsolicited resumes. Position postings will remain on our website until filled.

Massachusetts

Staff Attorney
Holistic Immigration Attorney

Oregon

Legal Assistant
 

Internships

The VRLC often has internship opportunities for law students. Please contact our Massachusetts intern coordinator and/or Oregon intern coordinator to inquire about available internship opportunities at the VRLC. Click here for information on applying for future internships.
 

Opportunities in Massachusetts

Staff Attorney  
Status: Full-time
Location:  New Bedford, MA

Organization:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of sexual assault throughout Massachusetts and in Oregon, and national training and support for lawyers and advocates on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. All applicants must align themselves with the VRLC’s mission statement and philosophy regarding our commitment to transforming the response to sexual violence through survivor-led legal practice that centers the needs and experiences of survivors experiencing oppression.

This position will be filled by a candidate with a strong work ethic, a desire to work collaboratively with a team of attorneys, and a commitment to serving marginalized or underserved populations. The VRLC deeply values including a diversity of voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQI+ individuals, survivors, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide sexual assault survivors with comprehensive legal consultations, full representation, and referrals focused on Southeastern Massachusetts and/or Cape Cod
  • Provide sexual assault victims with legal assistance in the areas of safety and privacy and an additional practice area to include one or more of the following: immigration, employment, housing, and/or education (K-12/campus sexual assault)
  • Participate in weekly intake and case assessment meetings (in person and/or remotely)
  • Conduct strategic outreach to community partners throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and/or Cape Cod with potential intake hours at partner community organizations
  • Participate in the collection of accurate client services data
  • Work collaboratively with a team of lawyers throughout the Commonwealth
  • Other duties as assigned

Hours:

  • Candidates may choose a full-time or part-time (20 to 40 hours a week)  

Required Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and in good standing
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience as a practicing attorney in Massachusetts
  • Valid driver’s license and comfort driving throughout the Commonwealth

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in immigration law
  • Fluency in Portuguese or Spanish
  • Courtroom experience
  • Experience working with sexual assault survivors, trauma survivors and/or marginalized communities (e.g. LGBTQI+ individuals, communities of color, people with disabilities, youth)

Salary Range: $50,000 - $60,000 depending on experience and language skills.

Benefits: The VRLC provides excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, long & short-term disability insurance, paid holiday, personal, vacation, and sick leave, 403b plan with employer match, and a caring and innovative work environment!

TO APPLY: To apply, e-mail us with both your last name and “SE Attorney” as the subject of your email. Be sure to include your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Applications that do not contain all required items will not be considered. No phone calls, please.
 

Title: Holistic Immigration Attorney
Status: Part-time
Location:  Boston, MA

Organization:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of sexual assault throughout Massachusetts and in Oregon, and national training and support for lawyers and advocates on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. All applicants must align themselves with the VRLC’s mission statement and philosophy regarding our commitment to transforming the response to sexual violence through survivor-led legal practice that centers the needs and experiences of survivors experiencing oppression.

This position will be filled by a candidate with a strong work ethic, a desire to work collaboratively with a team of attorneys, and a commitment to serving marginalized or underserved populations. The VRLC deeply values including a diversity of voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQI+ individuals, survivors, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide sexual assault survivors with comprehensive legal consultations, representation, and referrals on a range of humanitarian immigration remedies including U & T nonimmigrant visas, removal defense, asylum, and VAWA Self-petitions
  • Participate in case review meetings and provide support and mentorship to VRLC immigration attorneys
  • Attend periodic statewide immigration practice meetings including AILA, MLRI’s Immigration Coalition, and/or the VAWA/U/T Working Group
  • Communicate important developments in immigration practice and policy to the VRLC client services team
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and in good standing
  • Practice experience: Minimum of 3 years as a practicing attorney with at least 2 years’ experience in immigration practice.
  • Valid driver’s license and comfort driving throughout the Commonwealth
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team of legal practitioners
  • Bilingual in Spanish and/or Portuguese

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with trauma survivors and/or underserved communities

Salary Range: $30,000 - $35,000 depending on experience.

Benefits: The VRLC provides excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, long & short-term disability insurance, paid holiday, personal, vacation, and sick leave, 403b plan with employer match, and a caring and innovative work environment!

TO APPLY: To apply, e-mail us with both your last name and “Immigration Attorney” as the subject of your email. Be sure to include your cover letter and resume. Applications that do not contain all required items will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

Opportunities in Oregon

 Legal Assistant
Status: Part-time or Full-time
Location:  Portland, OR

Organization:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of sexual assault throughout Massachusetts and in Oregon, and national training and support for lawyers and advocates on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault survivors. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault survivor. All applicants must align themselves with the VRLC’s mission statement and philosophy regarding our commitment to transforming the response to sexual violence through survivor-led legal practice that centers the needs and experiences of survivors experiencing oppression. This position will be filled by a candidate with a strong work ethic, a desire to work collaboratively with a team of attorneys, and a commitment to serving marginalized or underserved populations. The VRLC deeply values including a diversity of voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQI+ individuals, survivors, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The legal assistant will support a team of 6 attorneys in the VRLC Oregon office who provide sexual assault survivors with free legal services related to immigration, safety, housing, employment, education, privacy, financial stability, criminal justice advocacy, and identity document/gender marker changes. The legal assistant will often be the first point of contact for our survivor-clients.

Responsibilities:

  • Support staff attorneys in immigration matters, including U visa, T visa, and VAWA self-petition filings, by drafting and filing immigration forms, securing and translating supporting documents, communicating with clients, and requesting government records
  • Assist staff attorneys by preparing subpoenas, completing and following up on records requests, filing claims for Crime Victims Compensation, corresponding with clients, and scheduling client meetings
  • Perform administrative tasks such as creating files, records maintenance, scheduling meetings, mailings, copying, filing, shredding, closing files etc.
  • Track data and assist with federal and state grant reporting
  • Participate in weekly case and other regularly scheduled meetings
  • Coordinate VRLC community outreach and education events
  • Draft, edit, and review VRLC educational and outreach materials

Required Qualifications:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish fluency
  • Excellent professional references
  • Strong writing, verbal, and computer skills
  • Detail-orientated, professional, and self-motivated
  • Ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines, multi-task, and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated success at working effectively in a diverse, collaborative team environment, with a commitment to promoting inclusion and cultural responsiveness

Desired Qualifications:

  • Immigration law experience
  • At least 1 year experience in the legal profession
  • Experience working with vulnerable, underserved or marginalized populations
  • Experience working with sexual assault survivors
  • DACA recipients, people of color, members of the LGBTQI+ community, individuals with disabilities, and people of all educational backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged to apply

Salary Range: $32,000-$35,000 per year DOE

Benefits: VRLC provides excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, long & short-term disability insurance, paid holiday, personal, vacation, and sick leave, 403b plan with employer match, free monthly transit pass, and a caring and innovative work environment.

TO APPLY: To apply, please e-mail us (humanresources@victimrights.org) your cover letter and resume with your last name and “Oregon Legal Assistant” in the subject line of your email. For full consideration, your application must be received by Friday, January 17th at 5pm Pacific Time.. Applications that do not contain all required items will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

 

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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.