Human Trafficking Policy Project Attorney

Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA)

Location

Silver Spring, MD + Hybrid

Category

Attorney

Posted

December 27, 2022

Type

Full-Time

Description/Duties

The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) is Maryland’s sexual assault coalition and includes the State’s rape crisis centers and others concerned with ending sexual violence. Our mission is to help prevent sexual assault, advocate for accessible, compassionate care for survivors of sexual violence, and work to hold offenders accountable.

We believe we cannot successfully serve others if we do not take care of ourselves. MCASA staff are encouraged to practice self-care and are supported in finding a positive work-life balance. This position, along with the rest of the agency, will entail significant virtual work and allows for flexible scheduling.

Employees are expected to be available to travel to the MCASA office in Silver Spring within 90 minutes or live within the State of Maryland. While many job duties may be performed virtually, some are in person.  This may include on-site meetings, meetings with stakeholders or community members, court proceedings, or other in-person events. Employees may choose to work in the MCASA offices subject to COVID risk reduction protocols.

Position Overview
MCASA includes SALI (the Sexual Assault Legal Institute), which provides direct legal services to survivors, Policy Projects addressing systemic change, and a Program Division which includes training, technical assistance, and prevention designed to respond to and end sexual violence in the state of Maryland.  MCASA’s Human Trafficking Policy Project Attorney will help develop Maryland’s capacity to respond to Human Sex Trafficking through Maryland’s Coordinated Action Against Sex Trafficking, help support policy development, and handle a small caseload. This is a full-time position that reports directly to the Sexual Assault Legal Institute’s Managing Attorney.

  • Develop expertise regarding direct service needs of survivors of sex trafficking in Maryland
  • Collaborate closely with MCASA member agencies to develop Maryland’s capacity to respond to sex trafficking
  • Coordinate service provision by rape crisis centers and other victim services providers assisting victim/survivors of human sex trafficking
  • Identify and coordinate resources for victim services providers working with survivors of human sex trafficking
  • Identify gaps in policies and resources for human survivors of sex trafficking and develop strategies to address gaps
  • Work in coalition with others to support the needs of diverse communities, including diverse communities of survivors and diversity among service providers
  • Attend meetings of state and local human trafficking task forces
  • Develop policy, standards, and procedures regarding provision of services for survivors of human sex trafficking
  • Provide advocacy or representation (if licensed to practice law) to a limited number of survivors of human sex trafficking regarding crime victim rights, immigration, protective/peace orders, victim compensation proceedings, and related matters
  • Coordinate with other MCASA/SALI staff and programs
  • Assist in production of training and technical assistance materials related to human sex trafficking
  • Ensure materials and presentations are trauma informed and culturally respectful
  • Assist in recruiting and supervision of interns
  • Comply with Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Support effective agency communications including, for example, listservs, social media, e-newsletter, conference calls, etc.
  • Ensure compliance with grant objectives, goals, collection of data and reporting requirements.
  • Prepare grant reports and assist with development of grant applications
  • Prioritize and fulfill responsibilities in accordance with available funding and grant requirements.
  • Such other duties as assigned by the managing attorney or executive director

Full description: https://mcasa.org/who-we-are/jobs-internships

PDF of job description: https://mcasa.org/assets/files/jobs/SALI_HT_Project_Attorney_-_2022.pdf

Skills/Qualifications

  • JD from accredited law school and admission or pending admission to the Maryland Bar. Attorneys currently licensed in another State may be eligible for admission under Maryland Rule 19-218 (temporary admission for public interest attorneys licensed out of state).  Attorneys admitted under Rule 19-218 must commit to taking the Maryland Bar Exam or have a plan for admission prior to the expiration of temporary admission unless otherwise agreed.
  • Experience with debate, performing arts, or public speaking helpful.
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license; this position requires some travel within the State of Maryland\Knowledge or previous work experience with survivors of human trafficking or sexual assault related issues preferred
  • Ability to work with other organizations, strong personalities, and people with varying perspectives
  • Ability to identify goals and take steps to implement change
  • Strong planning skills required
  • Respect for differences between cultures, experiences, and priorities

Note to Potential Applicants: Applicants do not need to possess all of the listed qualifications. Research shows women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs where they do not meet all of the listed qualifications. If you don’t meet all qualifications but think you would be a good fit for the position, please apply.
MCASA values diverse life experience and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, people with disabilities, and/or people who identify as LGBTQI are strongly encouraged to apply.
Our ideal candidate will share our passion and commitment to believing and supporting survivors, holding people who cause harm accountable, and taking action to end sexual assault in Maryland. We also expect that all members of our organization recognize that sexual violence and oppression are intricately linked, and are dedicated to grappling with the complexities of societal power and privilege in order to create an inclusive movement to end sexual violence. Candidates must be able to recognize personal biases and address them productively, as well as communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals, groups, and organizations.

Compensation

$64,000-$68,000 for attorneys barred in Maryland and based on year of graduation. There is a salary supplement for fluent Spanish language skills.

How To Apply

Send resume, cover letter, and legal writing sample to jobs@mcasa.org. Please include your name and position title in the subject.