Bilingual Court Advocate

Between Friends Chicago

About the organization

Between Friends envisions a community without domestic violence where equality, safety, and justice exist for all. Between Friends provides a safe, supportive and empowering environment for individuals and families in crisis. Between Friends' counselors and advocates empower individuals to make their own decisions and choices, rather than making choices for them. To address domestic violence as a community issue, Between Friends offers comprehensive prevention programs to educate youth and adults about the dynamics of healthy and unhealthy relationships and how to prevent domestic violence before it begins. To learn about our programs go to www.betweenfriendschicago.org

Duties

The Court Advocate provides advocacy to people seeking orders of protection in civil and criminal court in Chicago.
Program (75%)
•Helps victims of domestic violence to understand their rights and the legal remedies available to them under Illinois Domestic Violence Act (IDVA)
•Assists clients in obtaining Orders of Protection and navigating the court processes by working with judges, court clerks, state’s attorneys, etc.; supports clients through scheduled hearings at court; and provides resources/referrals for clients
•Assist client in filing for victim’s compensation
•Identifies barriers to service for domestic violence victims within the court and police systems and recommends solutions to advocate on behalf of individual victims
•Conducts presentations about the IDVA, Orders of Protection and the criminal justice process for volunteer training, new staff, court and police personnel and community groups
•Assists with training and guidance of volunteers and interns providing court advocacy

Administrative
•Maintains case documentations and submits necessary information to the Senior Court Advocate for statistical reporting
•Completes Court Advocacy Program documentation and case log sheets in a timely manner
•Participates in individual and group supervision coordinated by Senior Court Advocate
•Works with Senior Court Advocate to arrange daily schedule to meet the needs of clients and the agency

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Qualifications

Education – Bachelor degree in Social or Behavioral Sciences

Experience – Previous experience in domestic violence services, advocacy or the court process preferred

Licenses/Certification - None required

Computer and software knowledge – PC literate with experience in word processing

Languages – Bilingual Spanish/English required

Salary

Salary is commensurate with experience •Comprehensive benefits package (with some employee contributions) includes medical, dental, vision insurance •Full time employee/s are eligible for a 20 paid day sabbatical after completion of five years employment

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

This position operates primarily in the Chicago Domestic Violence Courthouse, which is fully accessible. It occasionally operates in a professional office environment that is not fully accessible (stairs and no elevator)
•This role routinely uses office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, filing cabinets, and fax machines
•This is a full time position. Occasional evenings & weekends may be required
•Some travel to off-site locations in the Chicago metro area is required
•Workplace is a smoke-and drug-free environment
•Equal opportunity employer. Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability,

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