Victim Advocate

State Of Georgia Atlanta , GA 30301

Posted 4 months ago

The mission of the Department of Law is to serve the citizens of the State of Georgia by providing legal representation of the highest quality to the agencies, officers and employees of state government and by honorably and vigorously carrying out the constitutional and statutory responsibilities of the Attorney General. The position filled through this announcement will serve in the Human Trafficking Section of our Prosecution Division.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Advocate provides advocacy and crisis intervention services to crime victims, families, and witnesses, with a focus on assisting and supporting minor victims of domestic sex trafficking.

  • Maintains and applies professional knowledge of current trends and developments related to role, including knowledge of any assistance with housing, therapy, education, financial aid, health care, or victim reimbursement available to victims of human trafficking.

  • Provides compassionate care, support, information, assistance and referrals to human trafficking victims and their families.

  • Builds and maintains relationship with victims, their families, case workers and other care givers.

  • Attends juvenile court hearings as appropriate and maintains knowledge of minor victims' juvenile court delinquency or dependency proceedings.

  • Researches and visits programs throughout the State of Georgia as needed in order to determine most effective treatment and care options for victims of domestic sex trafficking.

  • Attends task force meetings and networks with providers to maintain knowledge of resources available to trafficking victims.

  • Coordinates with therapists, phycologists, psychiatrists, educators and other care providers to monitor and assist with the well-being of victims.

  • Assists investigators and attorneys in maintaining knowledge of victims' wellbeing and whereabouts.

  • Provides knowledge and support to victims, families and witnesses during hearings and trials, including support testifying at trial.

  • Obtains any necessary language translation services.

  • Maintains knowledge of Georgia Crime Victim Bill of Rights and Marsy's Law and educates victims and families on their rights.

  • Ensures Department's compliance with the Georgia Crime Victim Bill of Rights and Marsy's Law.

  • Notifies victims and witnesses of any status changes in case proceedings, such as court dates, bond, pleas, release from jail or prison, parole, case status and outcomes, and other pertinent information.

  • Interacts with all levels of state and local government in a way that promotes respect, encourages cooperation, and contributes to excellent performance.

  • Maintains relationships and liaisons with other agencies, departments, and the public according to Unit requirements.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this title. They may not include all job duties performed by employees on this job title, and every position does not necessarily require these duties.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, or related field from an accredited four year college or university

  • Minimum of 5 years experience as a victim advocate with a prosecuting agency or as a juvenile probation officer

  • Knowledge of courtroom procedure

  • Knowledge of Georgia Crime Victim Bill of Rights

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to applicants who possess one or more items below:

  • Experience providing referrals or advocacy to victims of sexual abuse

  • Experience participating in a care team or assisting in developing case plans for juveniles

  • Experience in diversionary or accountability court for juveniles

  • Experience or training in human trafficking or gang investigation or prosecution

  • Experience referring juveniles and their families to mental health services, financial services, and educational services

  • Knowledge of services and facilities within the State of Georgia which are available to victims of sex trafficking

  • Familiarity with the Department of Juvenile Justice

Additional Information:

A criminal background check is completed on all candidates; employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory results of the background investigation. Candidates strongly considered for the position will also be required to submit a Department of Law employment application & waiver, Georgia Department of Revenue Tax Clearance letter and copies of official college transcripts.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All applicants are considered and may be screened for the preferred qualifications of the position, and may not necessarily receive an interview. Applicants not selected for an interview will not receive notification.

Position posted until filled.

  • Applicants are required to attach a resume for consideration.
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