Economic Justice Project – Economic Justice Project Interns assist survivors of domestic violence with employment law issues under the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA), housing law issues under the Illinois Safe Homes Act, Crime Victims Compensation, and consumer debt issues.
Family Defense Project – Family Defense interns help families and individuals affected by difficult life circumstances such as poverty and domestic violence and who are under investigation by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) or who are appealing DCFS indicated findings.
Family Law Division – Family Law interns assist with the representation of survivors of gender-based violence in divorce and parentage actions to help them achieve safety from abusive relationships.
Incarcerated Survivors (remote) – Interns assist in providing a range of civil legal services to survivors of gender-based violence who are either incarcerated are under the threat of correctional control.
Independence Project (immigration) – Immigration interns assist undocumented survivors of gender-based violence gain legal status by helping them apply for a U-Visa or self-petitioning under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Order of Protection (OP) Division – Interns assist survivors of gender-based violence obtain civil orders of protection.
Client Support/Social Work Internship (Bi-lingual) – The bi-lingual social work intern works with Client Support Coordinator, and responsibilities include: outreach, case management, intake, and crisis prevention. Interns must be bi-lingual (Spanish/English).
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