Immigrant Crime Victim Advocate and Community Liaison

HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia

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  • Posted

    Mar. 15, 2017
  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA
  • Type

    Full-Time Job
General Position Description
HIAS Pennsylvania seeks an immigrant crime victim advocate and community liaison to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach and direct services to immigrant survivors of interpersonal violence and other serious crimes. The work is multi-faceted and includes outreach to immigrant communities regarding the following issues:
  • Victims Compensation Assistance;
  • the Criminal Justice Process;
  • Victim Rights; and
  • Services available to victims (including law enforcement interview advocacy/accompaniment, individual advocacy with health care providers, safety net benefit providers, landlords, employers, etc., immigration assistance, language access assistance, crisis intervention services and linguistically and culturally appropriate counseling).
In addition, the advocate and community liaison will be able to provide the following direct services to new immigrant victims of crime who come forward at the outreach sessions, who are referred to our agency or who contacts our agency directly:
  • immigration assistance including collecting necessary paperwork and documentation for special visa applications and completing and filing these applications;
  • individual advocacy with various stakeholders
  • grant management related work.
  • The candidate should have bachelor’s degree. Spanish language fluency is required. The ideal candidate will also have had prior experience working with immigrant survivors of crime. Prior experience with a public interest organization is preferred.
Primary Responsibilities: 
  • Advise victims of their eligibility to file for Victim Compensation Assistance Program claims and provide appropriate referrals
  • Act as a liaison between the victim and the Police Department, the District Attorney’s office or other social service agencies
  • Provide support to the victim and advocate on behalf of the victim during interviews and subsequent contact with law enforcement agencies
  • Assist with obtaining necessary documentation needed for special visas and other immigration relief
  • Offer home visitation for victims unable to come into the office
  • Provide public presentations to identify crime victims
  • Participate in PCCD, diversity and other appropriate trainings
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with court, police, community groups, social service and agency employees.
  • Translate written materials as needed
  • Keep comprehensive statistics on all of the above services
  • Other duties as assigned.
The candidate should be passionate about HIAS PA’s mission and history and have a demonstrated ability to work with diverse collaborators and stakeholders. In addition, the candidate should possess:
  • Bachelor’s Degree (strongly preferred)
  • bi-lingual Spanish-English speaking skills (required)
  • passion for working in a diverse community
  • excellent organizational and time management skills
  • ability to work independently/collaboratively
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and database management

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How to Apply

If you are interested this position, please send a cover letter and resume via email to Veronica Cacho at You can send an email by clicking the apply button below.

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