Area of focus: Civil Legal Services to Sex Trafficking Survivors
Length of internship: May 28-August 2, 2019
The Ohio Justice & Policy Center is a nonprofit public interest law firm that works to create fair, intelligent, redemptive criminal justice systems. Among its projects, OJPC offers free legal assistance and education to help survivors of sex trafficking remove criminal-records-based barriers and protect their rights.
The intern will directly support the legal work being done by Verjine Adanalian, attorney and Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps fellow. The intern will help provide civil legal services, including record sealing and expungement, for survivors – as well as support outreach and training for community partners. Throughout the summer, the intern may assist with outreach legal clinics, client interviewing, case investigation and brainstorming, legal research, correspondence and court-document drafting, court appearances (especially rising 3Ls with a student-practice certificate from the Ohio Supreme Court), other litigation support, policy research, prison visits, collaborative work with community organizers, and policy-advocacy support.
The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps fellowship program is providing a stipend of $3,200.00 to help support the intern in this internship experience. OJPC will readily assist in any application for additional funding or externship credit to further support the intern’s work during the summer.
**Applicants must be currently enrolled in law school and possess a strong, demonstrated interest in the anti-human trafficking field.**
Essential job functions:
* Conduct legal research and writing;
* Assist with screenings and intakes;
* Support community outreach and education activities;
* Observe and participate in meetings with clients, advocacy organizations, and governmental agencies.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
* Excellent research, verbal, and written communication skills;
* Strong interpersonal skills and sensitivity;
* Strong organizational and time management skills;
* Excellent collaboration skills;
* The ability to handle multiple projects at once; and
* Demonstrated resourcefulness and ability to take initiative in developing and completing projects.
OJPC is an equal opportunity employer. People from historically disadvantaged groups — including those based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, veteran status, gender, or sexual orientation — are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Applicants should send a résumé, transcript, writing sample, and cover letter to Verjine Adanalian at email@example.com. Subject line should read: “Applicant for Summer Anti-Sex Trafficking Internship”.
For general questions about OJPC’s summer internship program, contact the summer internship coordinator, attorney Tiffanny Smith, at TSmith@ohiojpc.org or 513.421.1108 x 34. OJPC will accept applications and make decisions on a rolling basis, so apply early. Interviews can be conducted via phone, Skype, or in-person.