Job and Internship Opportunities

Opportunities

 Job Title: Human Trafficking Specialist (exempt position)

The Worker Justice Center of New York pursues justice for those denied human rights, with a focus on agricultural and other low-wage workers, through legal representation, community empowerment and advocacy for institutional change. The organization is currently seeking to hire a full-time Human Trafficking Specialist to join its Human Trafficking Program. The position will be located in WJCNY’s Kingston, New York office, however, the position requires travel across the eastern portion of New York State from the lower Hudson Valley through the North Country.

WJCNY’s Human Trafficking Program provides education and training regarding the identification and investigation of schemes of human trafficking. While WJCNY’s specialized expertise lies in the area of labor trafficking, we serve victims and survivors of both sex and labor trafficking through comprehensive case management services and legal services to empower survivors to regain their lives.

Supervisor: Program Director

Working Hours: 35 hours per week

Compensation: WJCNY offers a generous comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, paid sick and vacation time, and retirement savings contributions.

Competitive salary is commensurate with experience and based upon a union-negotiated compensation scale.

Job Requirements:

  • Conduct outreach to farmworkers, low-wage workers and other at-risk populations with a focus toward identifying potential trafficking victims and trafficking schemes
  • Collaborate with law enforcement partners to investigate tips concerning potential trafficking activity
  • Provide social services case management to victims and survivors of human trafficking
  • Draft informational and educational materials on human trafficking and the identification of human trafficking victims and schemes
  • Conduct trainings for governmental, human service and community agencies on identifying human trafficking victims and schemes
  • Represent WJCNY in various Human Trafficking Task Forces to establish and maintain partnerships with law enforcement agencies and social service providers
  • Keep regular, detailed reports as required; assist in grant reporting
  • Maintain knowledge of current events and developments in the area of human trafficking

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or combination of education and experience
  • Written and verbal fluency in Spanish and English (required)
  • Experience with low-wage worker and immigrant communities, including life experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and organizational skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to human rights, victim assistance and social
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based Google applications

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Program Director, Andrea Callan, by email at acallan@wjcny.org, or by fax to 845-331-6615.

WJCNY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. WJCNY is an affirmative action employer and encourages applicants from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

 

LEGAL INTERNSHIPS

The Worker Justice Center of New York’s Kingston and Rochester offices are currently recruiting legal interns for summer 2016 and beyond.  It is our goal at Worker Justice Center to provide our legal interns with an academically enriching experience where our interns gain real-world experience in the practice of law, with a focus on litigation.  Interns will work directly with, and under the supervision of, the Worker Justice Center attorneys on a variety of legal matters. Assignments will include:

  • Drafting legal documents, including discovery demands and responses, initial pleadings and court correspondence
  • Attending all court conferences, mediations and deposition as available for professional development
  • Researching a variety of legal issues related to low-wage worker advocacy

While not required, preference will be given to law students who demonstrate a commitment to public service through their coursework or extracurricular activities. Spanish speakers preferred. To apply please send a resume via email to Thomas Feeney at tfeeney@wjcny.org, along with a brief statement of your interest. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Worker Justice Center legal internships are unpaid and do not guarantee an intern a position with Worker Justice Center upon completion.

Worker Justice Center also assists a limited number of individuals who have shown a commitment to work with low income workers in fulfilling their fifty (50) hour pro bono requirement for admission to the bar.  To apply please send a resume via email to Thomas Feeney at tfeeney@wjcny.org.

 

INTERNSHIPS

The Worker Justice Center of New York pursues justice for those denied human rights, with a focus on agricultural and other low-wage workers, through legal representation, community empowerment and advocacy for institutional change. The organization is currently seeking a paid summer intern to support its Workplace Justice Program. The position will be located in WJCNY’s Kingston, New York office.

Job Title: Workplace Justice Intern

Working Hours: 35 hours per week, May 30th-August 5th (Approximate dates.)

Compensation: WJCNY will pay $15/hour for this paid intern position. No fringe benefits will be included.
Job Summary: The Workplace Justice Intern will work directly with the Worker Justice Center staff on a variety of legal and non-legal matters. Assignments include assisting with outreach to farmworkers and other low-wage workers, educational workshops, community events, translating documents and materials, assisting with client communications, conducting general administrative tasks and assisting with worker advocacy efforts and conducting related research.
Internship Requirements:
• Spanish language fluency
• Experience with low-wage worker and immigrant communities, including life experience
• A commitment to social justice issues
• Driver’s license
• Computer proficiency

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Worker Rights Advocate, Leanne Tory-Murphy by email at ltorymurphy@wjcny.org by Tuesday May 10th.

WJCNY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. WJCNY is an affirmative action employer and encourages applicants from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Seeking Volunteers

The Worker Justice Center of New York’s Kingston and Rochester offices are currently seeking volunteers to work directly with the WCJNY staff on a variety of legal and non-legal matters. Scheduling is flexible, depending on the needs of the organization and your availability. Assignments may include:

  • Assisting with outreach to farmworkers and other low-wage workers
  • Assisting with educational workshops, events, and fundraisers
  • Conducting client intakes
  • Assisting with investigations
  • Translating documents and materials
  • Assisting with communications
  • Conducting general administrative tasks

Volunteers should demonstrate a commitment to public service and social justice. Spanish speakers strongly preferred. To apply please send a resume via email to Lew Papenfuse at lpapenfuse@wjcny.org, along with a brief statement of your interest. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.