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HANAC, Inc. Legal Victim Assistance Paralegal Internship Credit in Astoria, New York

HANAC, Inc. – originally founded by George Douris as the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee – is a New York City-based multi-faceted social services organization. The organization was founded in 1972 to serve the needs of vulnerable populations throughout New York City.

The Legal Victim Assistance Intern will provide advocacy services and support to survivors of violent crimes, harassment, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault or abuse, and their families. He/she will work with HANAC staff to develop and maintain relevant and meaningful case plans and provide concrete case management and access to in-house and external resources.

  • School practice or licensing hours

  • Internships are available for a limited session: May 01, 2022, to November 2022 Monday to Wednesday from 9:00 Am to 5:00 Pm (may be required to work evenings or weekends)

Major Functions/Accountabilities

  • Conduct Zoom Intake with clients.

  • Completes all necessary paperwork including client logs, information and referral intake, and all other required paperwork and inspects forms for accuracy.

  • Observes all rules of confidentiality as they relate to client information both internally and in dealing with outside individuals and/or agencies.

  • Relate to other persons and tolerates personal differences in values and opinions which include sensitivity to service populations, cultural and socioeconomic characteristics, and treatment needs

  • Involved in the planning, organization, and implementation of special Domestic Violence related events or department-specific projects, or seasonal program changes.

  • Assist clients with filing for protection orders or other relevant paperwork.

  • Track and log outcomes data in the electronic record

  • Familiarity with the criminal justice system, court processes, domestic violence issues, elder abuse or victimization issues

  • Report all casework decisions to the program director and seek advice before making decisions on clients’ cases.

  • Advocate for clients in the police precincts or courtrooms as needed.

  • Educate clients about domestic violence and sexual assault and options/resources available.

  • Facilitate support groups as needed.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by Program Director.

    Qualifications

  • Associate’s Degree or B.A. or B.S. from an accredited four-year university, or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be substituted for educational requirements.

  • 1-2 years of experience working in case management.

  • Must be the in senior year of college

  • Must have demonstrated computer skills including Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook, and be familiar with entering data into online systems.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, apply program guidelines, and follow procedures.

  • Bilingual is a plus. (English-Spanish)

  • Must be fully vaccinated and able to show proof of such vaccination by providing your original vaccine card or a copy of your vaccine card

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