Employment, Fellowships, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

CCA is committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace, and seeks to hire staff that reflect racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic identities of the children and youth we represent. CCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

 

Attorney, Racial Justice Project – Bridgeport Office

Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) seeks a dynamic attorney for its Racial Justice Project. 

The Racial Justice Project uses direct legal services, administrative advocacy, litigation, legislative advocacy and collaborative work with communities and agencies to increase educational equity for children and youth of color and defend the civil rights of children and youth of color who are subjected to policies and practices that result in racial disparities in educational opportunity and juvenile justice involvement. 

The Project Attorney will:

  • Lead Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) Reduction Committees in five Connecticut cities that have high rates of racial and ethnic disparities in chronic absenteeism and juvenile justice involvement.
  • Facilitate work of RED Committee members – including school system, law enforcement, child welfare and juvenile court personnel – to analyze data and identify and reform local level policies and practices that result in youth of color being treated more harshly by the education and juvenile justice systems in those cities.
  • Represent individual children and youth of color in education matters, regarding harsh school discipline, illegal push-out, bullying and discrimination in school, and denial of adequate educational services and in limited juvenile delinquency proceedings.
  • Represent youth confined in or discharged from juvenile justice and correctional facilities to increase access to appropriate education and other services and supports, and reduce any barriers to reentry.
  • Provide training and legal consultation to parents, professionals and advocates regarding children’s legal rights and discrimination, to enable them to protect the civil rights of children and youth of color.
  • Collaborate with community partners and advocates to identify and address systemic policies and practices that contribute to inequities in education and the juvenile justice system, and engage in systemic advocacy to reform those policies and practices through strategies including administrative advocacy, participation on legislative task forces and litigation.
  • Collaborate with other CCA projects to analyze and address systemic problems in child welfare, youth homelessness and health through a racial equity lens.

Qualifications:

  • Cultural competence, experience with children and youth of color, and demonstrated deep commitment to racial justice is required.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills necessary. 
  • Member of CT Bar or ability to waive in required.

Bilingual (Spanish) applicants are encouraged to apply.       

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. 

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Martha Stone: mstone@cca-ct.org  

 


Director of Pro Bono Partnerships –
Immigrant Children’s Justice Project (part time)

Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) seeks a dynamic attorney who will have the opportunity to increase access to free legal representation for undocumented CT children and youth who are eligible for special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), by developing and managing partnerships with pro bono attorneys.  The attorney will:

  • Partner with law firms, local bar associations and corporate legal departments to recruit attorneys from the private bar to represent undocumented children and youth in state probate, juvenile and family courts to obtain findings supporting a claim for SIJS, and in immigration court in removal proceedings and SIJS claims.
  • Collaborate with other legal services providers to establish and troubleshoot referral mechanisms for undocumented children and youth, and for pro bono attorneys.
  • Provide or ensure the provision of training in SIJS representation and deportation defense to pro bono attorneys.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with social service, health care, education and immigrant advocacy organizations and educate those partners about SIJS and when a child or youth should be referred to CCA for screening.
  • Accept referrals of children and youth from partners, conduct screening of undocumented children and youth to determine eligibility for SIJS, assign cases to pro bono attorneys and follow up to ensure that the pro bono attorney connects with the referred child or youth.
  • Provide or ensure the provision of technical assistance to the Project’s pro bono attorneys and ensure access to interpretation and translation services as necessary.
  • Work with a consultant to identify best practices in pro bono partnerships, apply best practices to CCA’s pro bono partnerships and develop and implement a periodic internal evaluation of the pro bono partnerships.
  • Collaborate with CCA’s Communications Director to produce attorney training materials and legal information materials for youth and community.
  • Develop a pro bono manual documenting the project’s procedures, policies and best practices.
  • Supervise a part-time paralegal.

    Candidates should have:

    • Cultural competence and experience with children and youth of color.
    • A demonstrated deep commitment to social justice and racial justice.
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills.
    • Strong organizational skills.
    • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
    • Two or more years of related experience.

    Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and are within the general range of salaries for public interest organizations.

    To apply, email cover letter and detailed resume to Martha Stone: mstone@cca-ct.org

 

Part-time Paralegal – Bridgeport Office

CCA’s Immigrant Children’s Justice Project (ICJP), has an opening for a part-time (15-20 hours per-week) paralegal in our Bridgeport office. The paralegal will assist legal staff with screening and assignment of cases to pro-bono attorneys, maintaining case files and outreach to clients and families. 

The mission of the ICJP is to reduce the gap in legal representation of immigrant children and improve access to the systems that provide services to them through a variety of advocacy methods, including litigation. More information about the ICJP can be found here

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain case files in our Legal Files case management system
  • Conduct screenings and intakes of potential clients
  • Provide information and referrals, as appropriate, and follow up with clients after services are provided
  • Work in collaboration with legal staff to assign cases to attorneys on a pro-bono roster
  • Provide administrative support to the ICJP such as requesting client records, drafting letters, organizing files, preparing for trainings and clinics
  • Work on special projects as needed

Qualifications:

We are seeking a candidate who has demonstrated commitment to providing quality advocacy and support to children in addition to traditional administrative tasks.  Candidates should have:

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and resolve complex problems
  • Two or more years of related experience
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed services is a plus
  • Speaking, reading and writing fluency in Spanish is required

    Salary and Benefits are commensurate with experience and are within the general range of salaries for public interest organizations.

    To Apply, email cover letter and detailed resume to: Stacey Violante Cote: sviolante@cca-ct.org.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Post Graduate Fellowships

Center for Children’s Advocacy is interested in being the sponsoring organization for a post graduate fellowship application such as the Singer Connecticut Public Service Fellowship Program or law school specific fellowships.

The Center seeks 3L or law school graduates to apply for one or two years of fellowship funding from an outside source to work with CCA. If the applicant is interested in working on specific issues, we would be happy to discuss such projects. We are particularly interested in developing the following projects:

Racial Justice Project
The Racial Justice Project protects the civil rights of youth of color who are subjected to policies and practices that result in racial disparities in educational outcomes and juvenile justice involvement, and identifies and reforms policies and practices that lead to racial inequities in educational services, school discipline and treatment by the juvenile justice system. The Project provides legal services to youth of color who are subjected to harsh school discipline, illegal school pushout and juvenile justice involvement. The Project also co-chairs Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) Reduction Committees across CT to reduce overrepresentation of Black and Latino youth at various points of decision-making in juvenile justice involvement, and in educational services as they relate to juvenile justice involvement. The work is unique in that it provides an opportunity to both provide individual legal representation as well as advance policy and practice, including legislative advocacy and litigation. We are seeking a fellow to expand and invigorate the Project’s commitment to address racial disparities for youth throughout CT. 

Immigrant Children’s Justice Project
The Immigrant Children’s Justice Project (ICJP) advocates for immigrant children to protect them from exploitation and deportation and help them access educational services. ICJP represents immigrant children on immigration and education-related matters, works with private attorneys to increase pro bono representation of undocumented children, advocates for education reforms to ensure schools meet the needs of immigrant youth, and advocates for systemic reforms that increase protections for abused undocumented youth in state care. We are seeking a fellow to expand the Center’s representation of immigrant youth on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, education, benefits, housing and immigration matters. Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply. 

Qualifications
We are seeking fellowship candidates with a demonstrated commitment to public interest. Knowledge of children’s issues or education systems is a plus but is not required. The position requires individual client representation, excellent legal research and writing skills, and the ability and interest to address public policy issues.

To Apply
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Alice Rosenthal (arosenthal@cca-ct.org) by September 1, 2020.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

 

 

Internship Opportunities

Please note that the Center does not have funding to pay for internships. Students must secure their own funding from their law school or another source, or be willing to volunteer their time for an internship with the Center.

Summer Law Interns

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) seeks four law school interns each summer.  Legal interns work closely with CCA attorneys on individual cases, research projects and systemic advocacy.  They will work on issues related to improving outcomes for children in the child welfare, education, health care, and juvenile justice systems.  Interns will be given the opportunity to gain exposure to the work all of the Center’s attorneys do, including attending court, professional meetings, negotiations, trainings and other professional opportunities with them.  Background in these areas, either through experience and/or course work, is preferred but not required.  Individuals with a history of/commitment to public interest work and/or social justice are encouraged to apply. 

CCA has offices in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford, CT.  One legal intern will work specifically with our Medical-Legal Partnership Project (MLPP); one legal intern will work in our Bridgeport office; and two legal interns will work in our Hartford office. Candidates interested in either MLPP or our Bridgeport office should indicate this in their cover letter.

Applicants must have superior research and writing skills and excellent interpersonal skills.  Applications must include a cover letter and resume. 

Application Deadline
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be received no later than February 15. 

To Apply
To apply for a summer internship in CCA’s Hartford office, please email cover letter and resume to Tiffany Minakhom
To apply for a summer internship in CCA’s Bridgeport office, please email cover letter and resume to Kathryn Meyer

Please note that the Center does not have funding to pay for internships. Students must secure their own funding from their law school or another source, or be willing to volunteer their time for an internship with the Center.

 

Legal Intern – Medical Legal Partnership
Fall, Spring

The Center’s Medical Legal Partnership is a collaborative project that provides on-site legal assistance, education, training, and policy advocacy to central Connecticut pediatric centers. We offer internships to one or two energetic and dedicated law students for the fall and spring semesters and each summer.

Applicants must have excellent writing and legal reasoning skills, and should be familiar with basic aspects of poverty and public interest law.

Interns must have access to a car, and will be expected to participate in client interviews, negotiations, litigation and legal research activities. In addition, students will participate in and assist attorneys on matters at the MLPP sites at Saint Francis Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Charter Oak Community Health Center, Community Health Services, and The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

More information about the Medical Legal Partnership Project is available here.

Application Deadlines
For fall must be received by June 1.
For spring must be received by November 1.
For summer must be received by February 15.

Please send cover letter and resume to broswig@cca-ct.org 

 

 

Marketing and Development Intern

The Center for Children’s Advocacy is seeking a volunteer marketing, communications and development intern to assist marketing and development staff.

Responsibilities include website updates; donor data management; planning and execution of  fundraising events; updates to social networking sites; assistance with press releases and media contacts; publication updates.

Please email cover letter and resume to: email Eileen Brennan.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Center is always looking for energetic volunteers!
Please email email Eileen Brennan if you can help us with events, mailings, office support, donor research, or more!

 

Volunteer Interpreter – Spanish/English

Support attorneys who provide legal services to Spanish-speaking clients. This unpaid position may be filled by a college or graduate student and requires a commitment of at least one day per week.  The Center for Children’s Advocacy will assist volunteers with work-study applications, service learning or clinical credit that is available from their schools. 

Volunteer will provide interpretation during client intake calls, meetings, and telephone follow-up. May assist with document translation and other administrative tasks, will learn basic interviewing skills and become familiar with immigration law, education and juvenile law. 

Qualifications

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • College or graduate student
  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills, self-starter and highly motivated
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently

Your application should include a resume, cover letter and two references. 
To apply, please email Eileen Brennan

 

Administrative
Filing and organizing, data management, development research 

Special Events
Planning, logistics, day of event

Community Outreach
Spread the word about the Center’s important work

Translators and Interpreters
Accompany attorneys on client interviews, translate documents and forms

Holiday Gift Committee
Organize wrapping and gift delivery, coordinate gift donation requests

Advocacy
Contact legislators and community on behalf of the Center

Please email email Eileen Brennan if you would like to help. Thank you!

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