Public Counsel is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the country. Founded in 1970, it is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law and addressing economic, racial, social, and other inequities by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Public Counsel operates eight legal projects: Children’s Rights, Community Development, Consumer Rights & Economic Justice, Homelessness Prevention, Immigrants’ Rights, Veterans’ Rights, the Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights, and our impact litigation project, Opportunity Under Law.
Public Counsel has a full-time staff of over 130. We are committed to building a diverse staff and encourage applications from people of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexualities.
Social Work and interdisciplinary practice have been a hallmark of Public Counsel’s service model for thirty-two years. This focus has grown over the years and continues to grow now, with the goal of embedding interdisciplinary and trauma-informed practice across all Public Counsel’s projects.
Immigration Rights Survivor Program
IRP provides direct legal representation to non-citizens seeking asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, VAWA, T and U visas, and other relief in immigration court. In addition to direct representation, IRP engages in advocacy at the local and national levels, represents detained immigrants, recruits and trains hundreds of pro bono attorneys each year, handles appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and conducts impact litigation. For 30 years, IRP has been at the forefront of protecting the rights of immigrants in Los Angeles. The Survivor Team, a sub-project of IRP, focuses on providing holistic services to immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other serious crimes, including assisting survivors with VAWA petitions, U Visas and T Visas.
Women & Girls’ Rights Project
WGR’s mission is to advance justice and opportunity for low-income women and girls, through a combination of direct legal services, policy advocacy and community outreach/education. The Project has two main focus areas: Workplace Justice and Equity in Education/Title IX. Our cases include administrative, campus, and civil procedures, including some civil litigation, with a focus on sex discrimination, pregnant & parenting worker/student rights, and sexual harassment/assault. Approximately 10-20% of WGR clients are domestic violence and/or sexual violence survivors.
Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) and the Audrey Irmas Project for Women and Girls’ Rights (WGR) seek a full-time, bilingual (Spanish/English) social worker to provide social emotional support and case management to survivors of gender-based violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
The social worker will join the Survivor Program within Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP), and also work approximately one day per week with the Women and Girls’ Rights Project (WGR). Both programs seek to provide trauma-informed, holistic services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other serious crimes. Our teams are interdisciplinary, value each member’s contribution, and promote a coordinated effort to provide client-centered legal services.
The social worker will report to the Supervising Attorney of the Survivor Team, as well as the Directing Attorney of the Women & Girls’ Rights Project.
The position will require a blend of micro and macro social work practice by collaborating with clients as they move through their legal process. The social worker will partner with clients to connect them with services to help them thrive, and build partnerships and referral processes with partner organizations. The social worker will maintain a caseload of about 15-20 survivors. The social worker will coordinate with attorney staff to provide services. Specific tasks include conducting bio-psycho-social assessments of clients, linking clients to appropriate services (educational, medical, mental health, etc.), accompanying clients to court appearances (immigration, criminal, civil, and juvenile delinquency hearings), meetings and appointments (such as helping clients enroll in Medi-Cal and other benefits), facilitating client-centered services, and providing crisis intervention when needed. The social worker will also develop and sustain community relationships with service organizations and will represent Public Counsel at relevant community and coalition meetings.
The social worker will also join an existing thriving social work team at Public Counsel, which provides additional support and opportunities to collaborate across projects.
**Please note that Public Counsel is unable to provide clinical supervision for licensing.
ESSENTIAL JOB SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
START DATE AND COMPENSATION
We value lived experiences and experiences working with clients across a range of settings. Please consider discussing such experiences in your cover letter, especially if they are not reflected in your resume.
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Public Counsel VACCINATION POLICY
Public Counsel requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees, including new hires. Pursuant to federal and state laws, Public Counsel will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.
Public Counsel EEO Statement
Public Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate against employees or prospective employees on the basis of union membership or activity, race, religious creed, religious observance, ethnicity, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or predisposition, military service, military and veteran status, pregnancy, child birth and related medical conditions, marital and family status, national origin, ancestry, age, medical conditions as defined by state or federal law, or disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.
All qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.
Our leadership team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities discipline, discharge and general treatment during employment.