Website Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
Mission and Vision
CAASE envisions a community free from all forms of sexual exploitation, including sexual assault and the commercial sex trade. CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. Our work includes prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services.
Social and institutional systems do not adequately serve survivors of sexual violation. Sexual violation disproportionately harms people from marginalized communities, including girls and women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, people living in poverty, and immigrants and people without documentation. To best support survivors, CAASE confronts the inequities that fuel or intersect with sexual harm. Our dedication to this work is reflected in our values.
- Dignity – We respect the inherent humanity of all people and strive to expand opportunities for personal autonomy.
- Accountability – We answer to survivors and collaborate with allies as we seek to hold those responsible for harm accountable.
- Progress – We create individual, institutional and cultural change by using innovative approaches to ending sexual harm.
- Equity – We commit to building a world where every person, with consideration for their intersecting identities and unique circumstances, has the same access to opportunity and power.
CAASE does not discriminate against job applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, age, order of protection status, physical or mental disability, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, marital status, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military services. CAASE supports a person’s full access to reproductive health information and services.
About the Opportunity
We are delighted to be expanding our legal department! We are currently hiring for an attorney to focus on civil matters. We look forward to adding new staff to the team in order to increase our capacity to serve many more survivors of sexual harm in Chicagoland.
CAASE staff attorneys utilize legal representation of survivors of sexual assault and prostitution to further the organization’s mission to end sexual exploitation. CAASE’s direct legal services include victims’ rights advocacy within the context of the criminal justice system, civil legal representation using a variety of civil laws specific to Illinois and related to sexual assault and prostitution, and protection of the panoply of other legal rights that victims have in the context of their schooling, their workplace, and their housing. CAASE does not engage in family law or criminal defense work.
Function: The Staff Attorney will be involved in all aspects of CAASE’s substantive legal work – from development of legal strategies to implementation. They will handle a variety of complex cases within the legal department, focusing on civil legal representation; and manage CAASE’s relationships with community partners and coalitions as assigned.
Direct Legal Services
The Staff Attorney will carry an active caseload of up to 16 clients and is expected to work independently according to the organization’s policies and procedures. Specific tasks will include:
- Meet with, assess comprehensive legal needs of, and provide legal advice and representation to victims of sexual assault and exploitation.
- Provide advocacy and representation to victims seeking civil protection and/or relief, including compensatory damages.
- Address the civil legal needs of victims related to physical safety, education, employment, housing, privacy, immigration, and financial compensatory matters.
- Utilize the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, the Illinois Supreme Court Rules and all applicable Rules of Evidence in pursuing civil remedies for survivors of sexual assault as a civil attorney within the civil courts.
- Utilize civil rights remedies, including the Illinois Civil No Contact Order Act, Stalking No Contact Order Act, the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, the Gender Violence Act, the Illinois Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the Victims Economic Safety and Security Act (VESSA) to represent survivors of sexual assault and exploitation in civil matters.
- Understand and collaborate with the CAASE Victims’ Rights Representation Division to navigate the intersection and bilateral impact of victims who have both civil and criminal cases.
- Maintain organized and detailed case files and database.
External Partnerships and Community Engagement
- Collaborate with Chicago-based rape crisis centers and victim advocates in providing comprehensive services to victims; manage partnership with specific rape crisis centers as assigned.
- Develop and present educational programming on CAASE’s legal services program and the legal rights of survivors for Chicago-area attorneys, community leaders and rape crisis center advocates.
- Represent CAASE and lead CAASE’s involvement in community-based coalitions, task forces and campaigns as assigned by the Managing Attorney.
- Seek out, foster, and engage in opportunities to represent CAASE through public speaking and presentations, both locally and nationally.
Status: Full time, exempt.
Reports to: Managing Attorney
Education and Experience
Applicants must have a Juris Doctorate and admission to the Illinois Bar in good standing and some relevant legal experience.
The ideal applicant will also have:
- Demonstrated, exemplary research, writing, and litigation skills.
- Ability to work independently and develop creative and innovative strategies to complex legal questions.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort working with survivors, victim’s advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement, medical practitioners, and other attorneys.
- Comfort and experience with public speaking, particularly in the area of legal education.
- Demonstrated commitment to working against all forms of violence against girls and women and on behalf of all victims of sexual assault and exploitation, regardless of sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity or economic circumstances. Demonstrated commitment to feminist principles of identifying and opposing all forms and manifestations of inequality.
- Commitment to developing innovative legal and policy responses to sexual assault through representation of and advocacy for survivors of sexual assault and prostitution within the criminal justice system.
$60,000 annual salary
CAASE provides a competitive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as retirement contributions. CAASE also provides generous paid time off including paid parental and medical leave.
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