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  • Volume 8 | Summer 2007

job openings

Lead Victim Advocate (Domestic Violence Project)

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

Los Angeles, CA

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The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Legal Services Department assists more than 5,000 people each year by providing counsel and advice in most areas of law, self-help support, referrals, hate crime victim services, domestic violence legal advocacy, and violence prevention education. The Legal Services Department is home to four main programs: our Legal Clinic, Pro-per (self-help) Clinic, Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project, and the Anti-Violence Project. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

Legal Program Staff Attorney

CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse)

San Mateo, CA

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Provide legal assistance to victims/survivors of domestic violence with family law and related criminal law issues. Prepare legal documents; represent clients in court. Assist with volunteer training and management; advocate for clients with law enforcement and other agencies; provide training to other staff and the community; participate in community and agency committees. This is an exempt position that reports to the Manager of the Legal Program. Must be bilingual in Spanish and English.

Director of Operations

Break the Cycle

Washington, DC

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The Director of Operations is responsible for managing administration of and building local support for Break the Cycle’s Washington, DC office, including coordinating with the organization’s Los Angeles office, and overseeing and/or managing office systems, infrastructure, staffing and volunteer management, program and grant reporting, and community relations. The Director of Operations is a part of the organization’s national management team. S/he reports directly to the Executive Director (located in Los Angeles), and supervises staff, volunteers and interns.

Managing Immigration Attorney

Tahirih Justice Center

Falls Church, VA

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Tahirih is currently seeking to hire a full-time Managing Immigration Attorney to supervise its Immigration Department and represent immigrant and refugee women fleeing gender-based abuses such as domestic violence, rape, honor crimes, trafficking, and female genital cutting in asylum cases, cases under the Violence Against Women Act, and other related immigration matters, including T and U visas.

Public Policy Associate

Tahirih Justice Center

Falls Church, VA

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Tahirih is seeking a passionate, poised, energetic and articulate individual to enable us to expand our public policy capacity and take on new challenges. Under the supervision of the Director of Public Policy, the Public Policy Associate will help promote laws and policies that improve access to justice for the women and girls that Tahirih serves. The Public Policy Associate will represent Tahirih on these issues on Capitol Hill, to the Administration, and with allied organizations. The Public Policy Associate will also help develop Tahirih’s advocacy strategy, public education materials, and relationships with policymakers and their staffs.

Policy and Research Specialist

District of Columbia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Washington, DC

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  • Monitor and track public policies and legislation that may impact domestic violence victims.
  • Design and implement training curriculum on legislative and legal issues impacting domestic violence victims.
  • Provide technical assistance and training on legislative and legal issues related to domestic violence.
  • Conduct legislative/legal research, data collection, analysis, and evaluation.
  • Assist Policy Director in the development of position papers, presentation documents, and public materials regarding domestic violence policy issues.
  • Assist Policy Director in developing, implementing, and maintaining comprehensive city-wide domestic violence policy agenda.
  • Serve as a liaison to local and national stakeholders.
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of program and project events as well as conferences, and other special events.
  • Supervise program interns/volunteers.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Policy Director.

Executive Director

Victim Rights Law Center

Boston, MA

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Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston, MA, is seeking an outstanding attorney to succeed the founder as the new full-time Executive Director. The Executive Director (ED) will provide overall leadership and be responsible for all aspects of VRLC’s operations. S/he will report to the Board of Directors and will follow the founding Executive Director. VRLC works to ensure that every sexual assault victim in the United States has access to an attorney that will zealously advocate on her or his behalf to stabilize the victim’s life and try to ensure that even a single incident of sexual assault does not become a life sentence of declining social and economic productivity.

Technical Assistance Specialist

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

Olympia, WA

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The Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP) is a statewide membership organization, based in Olympia, committed to eliminating sexual violence and fostering social change. WCSAP seeks a Technical Assistance Specialist to provide technical assistance on advocacy, crisis intervention services and the continuum of sexual violence and to develop communication forums for traditional and non-traditional service providers. All applicants must be familiar with and agree with WCSAP’s mission statement and philosophy regarding the elimination of sexual violence, empowerment, inclusiveness, and social change.

Bilingual Staff Attorney

MUNA Legal Clinic of Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Des Moines, IA

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MUNA Legal Clinic of Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence has two openings for full-time staff attorneys who are bilingual in both English and Spanish. MUNA is a nonprofit legal agency providing a holistic approach and comprehensive services to battered immigrant women. MUNA Legal Clinic represents low-income battered immigrant women and children in immigration and family law cases. MUNA also provides technical assistance, training, community clinics, and outreach to the immigrant community, service providers, and advocates.

Legal Director

National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women

Philadelphia, PA

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The Legal Director will participate in and manage all activities of the National Clearinghouse Legal Team. The Legal Director will provide information and technical assistance to battered women charged with crimes and their defense teams; develop comprehensive legal and legislative resources; develop and conduct legal and advocacy training programs; participate in national and state policy development; and conduct trainings and community education programs. The Legal Director will supervise the Staff Attorney (when hired), the Legal and Advocacy Coordinator, legal consultants, and legal interns.

The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women is a small non-profit organization that assists arrested, charged, and incarcerated battered women and members of their defense teams (such as defense attorneys, battered women’s advocates, and expert witnesses). As a legal back-up center, we do not provide direct representation.

Staff Attorney

National Center on Full Faith and Credit

Arlington, VA

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The National Center on Full Faith and Credit (NCFFC) provides technical assistance and training on issues related to full faith and credit provisions of the Violence Against Women Act. The office is located in Arlington, VA, near the Rosslyn metro stop. NCFFC is managed by the Battered Women's Justice Project, a national resource center that provides technical assistance on the civil and criminal justice system responses to domestic violence.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: NCFFC Staff Attorneys assist with training and technical assistance to local governments, states, tribes, territories, military installations, and other federal entities about the Full Faith and Credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), 18 U.S.C. § 2265, the federal domestic violence and stalking crimes (18 U.S.C. §§ 2261, 2261A, and 2262), and the federal firearm prohibitions related to domestic violence, and inter-jurisdictional child custody cases involving domestic violence.


  1. Offer technical assistance, including information, referral, and problem-solving consultation, via telephone, fax, regular mail, and e-mail, to advocates, attorneys, law enforcement, prosecutors, court personnel, judges, data system managers, and other professionals related to implementation of the federal FFC provision, federal domestic violence and stalking crimes, and federal firearm prohibitions.
  2. Offer on-site training and technical assistance to justice system actors at state, regional, and national meetings/conferences, focusing on development of effective FFC practices in federal, state, tribal, and territorial courts and enforcement of the federal domestic violence and stalking crimes, and the federal firearm prohibitions.
  3. Assist in work related to other projects of the NCFFC.
  4. Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  1. Law Degree, admitted to a state bar and 3+ years experience in the practice of law.
  2. Significant understanding of issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence.
  3. Experience in social justice and systems advocacy work or a minimum of 3 years experience working in a related field.
  4. Thorough knowledge and understanding of the VAWA and its FFC provisions, federal crimes of domestic violence and related federal firearm prohibitions. Desired: knowledge of tribal law.
  5. Experience in training and technical assistance, with strong oral communication skills (including public speaking to specialist audiences of various sizes).
  6. Experience with computer databases, LEXIS and the use of the Internet and email for providing technical assistance on-line.
  7. Excellent legal and non-legal research and writing skills. Creative and critical thinking skills.
  8. Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  9. Willingness and ability to travel nationally.

JOB STATUS: Full-time, exempt       SUPERVISOR: NCFFC Managing Attorney

SALARY: $55,000-60,000 DOQ, plus individual health insurance (75% family), dental insurance, disability insurance, vacation, sick, and holiday hours.

Send resume by November 2 to: Hiring Committee, Battered Women’s Justice Project, 2104 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404, or email to: technicalassistance@bwjp.org AA/EOE