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  • Failure to Protect
  • Volume 12 | Fall 2008

job openings

Policy Director

District of Columbia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Washington, DC

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The District of Columbia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV) seeks a talented and experienced professional to lead the Coalition’s advocacy initiatives, and to advance its public policy agenda on behalf of local anti-domestic violence organizations. DCCADV’s mission is to build a community where domestic violence is replaced with human dignity.

The Policy Director is a key part of the staff leadership team that helps to develop program and organizational strategies.


Vice President and Legal Director
Immigration Staff Attorney
Deputy Director of Communications

Legal Momentum

Washington, DC

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Legal Momentum advances the rights of women and girls by using a range of legal strategies and creating innovative public policy.  The Immigrant Women Program (IWP) of Legal Momentum strives to protect and expand the rights and options of immigrant women and their children.  Our goal is to address from a women’s rights perspective the larger complex of social and legal challenges faced by women who immigrate to the United States.  IWP aims to enable immigrant women to improve their lives and future prospects in their new country.  The program’s current focus is on three core areas: violence against women, immigrant rights, and economic justice.

Vice President and Legal Director
The Vice President and Legal Director is a strategic thinker and visionary with exceptional leadership and management skills, as well as an experienced litigator able to passionately advance the priorities of the organization. This person will creatively develop and implement a strategic litigation program aimed at impacting jurisprudence in key geographical and programmatic areas.

Immigration Staff Attorney, Immigrant Women's Program, Washington, D.C.
The Immigration Staff Attorney will work as part of the Immigrant Women Project (IWP) team on immigrant women’s rights law and advocacy (including immigration, family, benefits, and trafficking). This position requires knowledge of and experience on the immigration options for immigrant women and immigrant crime victims. Knowledge of public benefits, language access and family law issues in cases of immigrant women and immigrant victims is preferable. 

Deputy Director of Communications
The Deputy Director of Communications is responsible for developing and maintaining high-level media contacts and executing strategies to raise the organization’s profile nationally and to further Legal Momentum’s rebranding and marketing efforts. S/he will work closely with Legal Momentum’s Management Team and with program and policy staffs to create media messages, to identify the appropriate print and broadcast outlets, and to shape and pitch stories. The Deputy will also manage and direct the design and content of the Web site and the production and distribution of publications: newsletter, press releases, web material, and other materials based on the organization’s legislative and lobbying efforts. 


Staff Attorney

The Children’s Law Center

Washington, DC

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The Children’s Law Center (CLC) envisions a future for the District of Columbia in which every child has a safe home, a meaningful education and a healthy mind and body.  CLC provides free legal services to at-risk children, their families, and foster and kinship caregivers in the District of Columbia.  The organization's focus is on children in the child welfare system, children with special education and health needs and children who witness domestic violence. 

CLC invites applications for a full time staff attorney to begin in the Fall of 2009.  The staff attorney will represent children in abuse and neglect, adoption and guardianship proceedings and may also represent some caregivers in similar matters.


Houston Director

Tahirih Justice Center

Houston, TX

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By providing holistic legal services and engaging in national public policy advocacy, the Tahirih Justice Center (Tahirih) works to promote access to justice in the United States for immigrant women and girls who are fleeing violence. Tahirih is a Bahá’í-inspired non-profit organization that offers pro bono representation to women and girls seeking protection from such gender-based human rights abuses as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, honor crimes, and forced marriage. Winner of the 2007 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management, Tahirih has a staff of 26 and is based in Falls Church, VA.

Tahirih is expanding its services nationally and will be opening an office in Houston, Texas in 2009.  Tahirih seeks to hire a full-time Director for its Houston office.  The Director will be responsible for launching the office, developing its immigration legal services programs, and ensuring its sustainability.  The position requires someone who is expert in the legal representation of immigrant women and girls fleeing violence, and who will be able to shoulder the fundraising, management, and leadership responsibilities of heading a new office.


US Policy Program Specialist
US Policy Program Associate
Public Outreach Program Specialist
DC Task Force Community Liaison
NJ Outreach Associate (PT)

Polaris Project

Falls Church, VA

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Polaris Project is a nationally recognized organization working to combat human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002.


Legal Director/Director:
Domestic Violence and Military Families Civil Justice Progr

The Legal Project, Inc.
Capital District Women’s Bar Association

Albany, NY

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Lisa A. Frisch, Executive Director
518-435-1770 lfrisch@legalproject.org

The Legal Project, a not-for-profit civil legal services program in Albany, NY, recently received a federal grant to implement a unique program to provide pro bono legal help to victims of domestic violence, including sexual abuse, whose abuser is in the military service or if the victim herself is in the military. 

The project has three main purposes: 1) to provide technical assistance to civil legal attorneys across New York State who are representing victims of domestic violence who are either active or veterans in the military service or are partnered with active or veteran members; 2) to provide free civil legal consultations by phone or in-person, to such victims of abuse seeking civil legal remedies; and, 3) to expand our current domestic violence and civil legal services pro bono program to support the activities of our staff of civil legal attorneys and pro bono attorneys to provide free legal services to victims of domestic violence in the Greater Capital District of New York who are members of the military or whose spouses/partners are members of the military, who are seeking protection in the Family Courts or seeking to divorce their abusive partner.