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Volunteer Attorney



Schedule Type: 2-4 days a week, 6 month commitment or more required. Rolling applications considered.

Additional Requirements: Must attend 8 hour Legal Services Training.  Registration information available on our training page.

Organizational Background:
As the first organization in the country dedicated exclusively to serving survivors of human trafficking, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (www.castla.org)  assists persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations. CAST was established in 1998 in the wake of the El Monte sweatshop case where 72 Thai garment workers were kept for eight years in slavery and debt bondage. Following a community outcry for an organization to respond to surfacing cases of human trafficking, CAST was and remains one of a handful of providers nationally that provide comprehensive services to survivors of slavery and trafficking. CAST is amongst the few organizations that carry the mission of both serving victims while also conducting advocacy to promote change that will better protect victims and prevent future cases of trafficking.

CAST serves a growing community of trafficking victims who are brought to the United States and suffer unspeakable violence at the hands of traffickers.  They have an enormous array of needs, ranging from urgent medical and mental health services to complex legal issues.  CAST has served hundreds of victims and their family members through both direct service delivery as well as technical consult to service providers across the country. CAST alone has secured nearly 100 T Visas for survivors of trafficking, constituting almost 1/6 of the total number of T Visas issued nationwide. Our accomplishments are due, in part, because CAST’s Client Services staff works closely together to partner with clients in setting goals, monitoring progress, advocating for access to services, and cooperating with law enforcement agencies to access long-term immigration benefits that keep victims safe from their traffickers.

CAST’s legal department provides innovative direct legal services to survivors of trafficking, and also provides technical assistance to survivors of trafficking, law enforcement agencies, and service providers to inspire creative and appropriate responses to the problem of human trafficking in the United States.

For more information visit: www.castla.org

Job Description:
A volunteer attorney at CAST would  provide direct legal services to trafficking survivors including: a) representation in removal proceedings; b) securing release from detention; c) advocacy to protect rights as victim witnesses; d) preparation for criminal trial; c) advocacy to obtain Continued Presence and Certification as a trafficking victim to establish eligibility for refugee benefits; d) assistance in filing T-Visa, U-Visa, and VAWA applications; and e) obtaining child custody and restraining orders.

The attorney would also be involved in CAST’s ongoing outreach and advocacy efforts which include:

  • Continuing leadership and support of a “T-visa” working group, designed to increase capacity among local nonprofit organizations that wish to or are currently providing legal services for trafficking survivors;
  • Individualized technical consult to nonprofits working on T-visa cases;
  • Expansion of a structured Pro Bono outreach initiative designed to ensure that local area firms have the knowledge to effectively represent trafficking survivors;
  • Continuation of a Child Trafficking initiative which  targets legal and social service providers for children to increase identification and service provision to child trafficking survivors;
  • Continuing Outreach through its STOP (Sex Trafficking Outreach Project) to Prosecutors and Public Defenders who handle prostitution-related charges in the Los Angeles Court to ensure that trafficking survivors are recognized as victims and not treated as defendants;
  • Continuing leadership involvement with the Los Angeles Metro Task Force on Human Trafficking whose goal is to increase collaboration among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to increase identification of trafficking survivors and increase the numbers of traffickers prosecuted
  • Ongoing advocacy at the State and National Level to promote better policies and legislation to better protect trafficking survivors.

Qualifications:

Must have have taken and passed the California bar
Excellent legal and research skill
Commitment to human rights
Knowledge of criminal, immigration, and civil issues involving trafficking survivors
Bi-lingual preferred

Languages: Spanish, Russian, Korean, Thai, etc.

Application Materials:
Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample, List of References and unofficial transcript

Contact:
E-mail: stephanie@castla.org

Volunteer Law Clerk



Winter/Spring Semester OR Summer

Position Title: Law Clerk

Schedule Type:
Summer Law Clerk (full-time minimum 12 weeks)
Fall/Spring Law Clerk (part-time minimum commitment for FULL school year 2 days a week)

When to Apply: CAST selects up to 2 Fall/Spring Law Clerks and 2 Summer Law Clerks each year. All candidates are generally selected in February. To apply for either the Fall/Spring Law Clerk or Full-Time Summer Law Clerk position please submit application materials prior to Jan 10.

Additional Requirements: Must attend 8 hour Legal Services Training prior to beginning of CAST internship. Registration materials available at http://www.castla.

Organization Description

Mission Statement: To assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations. CAST’s activities are interconnected by a client-centered approach that seeks to empower trafficked persons to fully realize their individual potential while advancing the human rights of all trafficked persons.

  • Case Management – CAST provides comprehensive human services to trafficked persons who need shelter, food, medical and mental health care, legal services, ESL training and jobs. Case management also includes coordination and individual legal advocacy with local and federal government agencies working to prosecute a criminal case against traffickers or provide other victim services.
  • Policy Advocacy, Research & Training – CAST conducts policy advocacy focused on protecting and advancing the human rights of trafficked persons. This effort is directly informed by research and the real experiences of CAST’s trafficked clients inside and outside the criminal justice system. CAST also provides practical training to government and non-government organizations that may come into contact with trafficked persons.
  • Public Education – CAST seeks to promote the dignity and freedom of trafficked persons through community organizing and public awareness. Public speaking and media advocacy efforts seek to highlight the courage and entrepreneurial spirit of trafficked people and recognize them as contributing members of the community.

Responsibilities
Assist in the provision of a wide range of legal services to survivors of human trafficking. Collaborate with partner NGOs in advocating for legal reform. Train partner agencies in trafficking-related issues.

Qualifications

  • B.A. and J.D. or currently enrolled in J.D./graduate program. CAST would also prefer that Part-Time Fall/Spring Law Clerks be receiving school credit. Substantive Immigration experience preferred
  • Experience working with victims of trauma or abuse preferred
  • Bilingual required-Spanish, Korean preferred

If interested send resume, cover letter and writing sample to: legalintern@castla.org

Volunteer Graphic Designer



Volunteer Title: Graphic Designer

Program: Outreach

Duties: Design and develop pamphlets, brochures and outreach cards for CAST.

Required Skills/attributes: Graphic design, experience with publisher and other design software

Desired Skills/attributes: Understanding of Human Trafficking and Human Rights approach

Time commitment and duration of volunteer position:

  • Flexible, work from home. Projects are time sensitive. 
  • Will be contacted as needed for projects

Date volunteer is needed: Immediately

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to jennifer@castla.org

Volunteer Family Law Attorney



Schedule Type: 2-4 days a week, 6 month commitment or more required. Rolling applications considered. Please note that this is an unpaid volunteer position.

Additional Requirements: Must attend 7 hour Legal Services Training.  Registration materials available at http://www.castla.org/training.

Organizational Background:
As the first organization in the country dedicated exclusively to serving survivors of human trafficking, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (www.castla.org)  assists persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations. CAST was established in 1998 in the wake of the El Monte sweatshop case where 72 Thai garment workers were kept for eight years in slavery and debt bondage. Following a community outcry for an organization to respond to surfacing cases of human trafficking, CAST was and remains one of a handful of providers nationally that provide comprehensive services to survivors of slavery and trafficking. CAST is amongst the few organizations that carry the mission of both serving victims while also conducting advocacy to promote change that will better protect victims and prevent future cases of trafficking.

CAST serves a growing community of trafficking victims who are brought to the United States and suffer unspeakable violence at the hands of traffickers.  They have an enormous array of needs, ranging from urgent medical and mental health services to complex legal issues.  CAST has served hundreds of victims and their family members through both direct service delivery as well as technical consult to service providers across the country. CAST alone has secured nearly 100 T Visas for survivors of trafficking, constituting almost 1/6 of the total number of T Visas issued nationwide. Our accomplishments are due, in part, because CAST’s Client Services staff works closely together to partner with clients in setting goals, monitoring progress, advocating for access to services, and cooperating with law enforcement agencies to access long-term immigration benefits that keep victims safe from their traffickers.

CAST’s legal department provides innovative direct legal services to survivors of trafficking, and also provides technical assistance to survivors of trafficking, law enforcement agencies, and service providers to inspire creative and appropriate responses to the problem of human trafficking in the United States.

For more information visit: www.castla.org

Job Description:

A family law volunteer attorney at CAST would provide direct legal services to trafficking survivors including: a) conducting intake of potential and existing clients; b) drafting responsive plesadings and motions; c) assisting clients with securing divorces; and d) obtaining child custody and restraining orders. The attorney would also be involved in CAST’s ongoing outreach and advocacy efforts which include:

  • Continuing leadership and support of a “T-visa” working group, designed to increase capacity among local nonprofit organizations that wish to or are currently providing legal services for trafficking survivors;
  • Individualized technical consult to nonprofits working on cases;
  • Expansion of a structured Pro Bono outreach initiative designed to ensure that local area firms have the knowledge to effectively represent trafficking survivors;
  • Continuation of a Child Trafficking initiative which  targets legal and social service providers for children to increase identification and service provision to child trafficking survivors;
  • Continuing Outreach through its STOP (Sex Trafficking Outreach Project) to Prosecutors and Public Defenders who handle prostitution-related charges in the Los Angeles Court to ensure that trafficking survivors are recognized as victims and not treated as defendants;
  • Continuing leadership involvement with the Los Angeles Metro Task Force on Human Trafficking whose goal is to increase collaboration among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to increase identification of trafficking survivors and increase the numbers of traffickers prosecuted
  • Ongoing advocacy at the State and National Level to promote better policies and legislation to better protect trafficking survivors.

Qualifications:

Must have taken and passed the California bar
Excellent legal and research skills
Commitment to human rights

Demonstrated advanced knowledge of family law
Bi-lingual preferred

Languages: Spanish, Russian, Korean, Thai, etc.

Application Materials:
Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample, List of References and unofficial transcript

Contact:
E-mail: legalintern@castla.org

Volunteer Receptionist



DESCRIPTION
Under the supervision of the Office Administrator, the Receptionist will be responsible for supporting various administrative projects and day-to-day duties for the organization. Such responsibilities include greeting visitors, answering all incoming calls and refer calls to appropriate staff members, maintaining inventory of office supplies, sorting mail, preparing shipping labels. The Receptionist must demonstrate a commitment to serving CAST’s clients and to upholding the CAST mission. Ensure cleanliness of office areas for staff, visitors and clients. This position is ideal for an individual with strong organizational, interpersonal and verbal communication skills.

RESPONIBILITIES

  1. Fax and photo copy documents
  2. Greet Visitors
  3. Answering phones/door
  4. Sort and disseminate mail
  5. Prepare outgoing packages
  6. Ordering and disseminating office supplies
  7. Office organization/meeting planning (for internal meetings)
  8. Prepare information packets
  9. Special Projects: (As assigned by the Office Administrator)

 

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Experience in Microsoft Office user including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook.
  2. Excellent verbal and written communication.
  3. Experience with handling phone calls, email correspondence.  Excellent customer service skills.
  4. Demonstrated ability to prioritize projects and multi-task in a fast-paced working environment.
  5. Knowledge of working with multicultural communities and women’s rights issues
  6. Excellent interpersonal skills, honest communication, positive attitude and ability to carry a professional tone.

 

Preferred: Volunteer that can commit up to 40 hours per week, with a 6 – 12 month commitment.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to operations@castla.org

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