Legal Advocate ( Bilingual Spanish)
Job Details
Center for Children & Families - Costa Mesa, CA
Full Time
$18.50 - $20.50 Hourly
Nonprofit - Social Services

Job Title:            Legal Advocate

Department:   Legal Advocacy

Reports To:    Legal Advocacy Program Manager

FLSA Status:    Non-Exempt


Human Options Mission: We ignite social change by educating Orange County to recognize relationship violence as an issue that threatens everyone, advocating for those affected by abuse, extending a safe place for victims and empowering survivors on their journey of healing.

Human Options Vision: We are committed to a future in which every person and family in Orange County experiences safe, healthy, relationships and lives free from fear.

The following is a summary of the essential functions of the job.  The employee may perform other duties, both essential and non-essential, that are not mentioned below; and specific responsibilities may vary.


The Legal Advocate conducts initial assessments with domestic violence clients to identify existing or anticipated legal issues, and provides education, referrals, direct services, and resources to support clients. This person educates clients on their legal options available and works with the client to achieve the legal goals that the advocate and client have created.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assess level and history of violence experienced and aid in the development of a safety plan for victims and their children.
  • Provide information to victims of domestic violence about the laws, resources, and services available.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with and knowledge of Orange County’s domestic violence service providers and resources, and give appropriate referrals to clients.
  • Learn and maintain information on domestic violence laws regarding individual rights and protections under California State Law i.e. protective orders, restraining orders etc.
  • Coordinate victim support services provided by law enforcement, prosecution and the courts.
  • Conduct outreach to community partners to improve community’s response to domestic violence.
  • Coordinate legal clinics where appropriate.
  • Attend court with clients as appropriate to provide emotional support.
  • Document all interactions with clients and follow up with appropriate documentation in files and data entry- all in an accurate and within agency deadlines requirements.
  • Work evenings and weekends as needed, including at least two regular weekly evening shifts.
  • Regular travel and mobile advocacy services throughout Orange County.
  • Abide by professional confidentiality guidelines of organization.
  • Ability to abide by Human Options value: diversity, respect, curiosity, ingenuity, individuality.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • B.A. or AA required- Human Services, Criminal Justice, Psychology or related field preferred
  • Have reliable transportation, valid CA Class C driver’s license and auto insurance required.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English required (written and oral)
  • Two years’ experience in a domestic violence program preferred or experience working with at-risk clients
  • Knowledge and experience of Family Law, Immigration Law, and the legal system preferred.
  • Paralegal Certificate or coursework a plus.
  • Understanding of domestic violence issues from victim advocacy perspective.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office, databases, internet research, comfort in computer network environment.
  • Completion of the 40 Hour Domestic Violence Advocate training preferred (required post-hire if not previously completed).
  • Self-motivated, flexible, a good listener, proactive, and team player
  • Detail oriented and strong time management skills
  • Excellent customer service


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interviewing skills to accurately assess client needs.
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills to assist in the development of strategic partnerships and collaborative projects.
  • Must demonstrate an acceptance and respect for cultural diversity in all its forms, including ethnicity, sexual orientation, abilities, and religious backgrounds & demonstrated ability to serve individual from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently and use good judgment.
  • Ability to carry out projects and responsibilities to completion.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to assist in collaborative projects.

ADA Job Characteristics:

Work environment is primarily in an office setting, and includes travel to see clients or to different sites. Lift and carry up to 25 pounds up to waist length, extend both arms above the head and/or reach below the waist, stoop, squat, crawl, bend the back to open lower-level filing drawers, or to retrieve stored items, climb on stools, steps and/or ladders. Sit and/or stand frequently.  Use fine manipulation (hands and wrist) to operate a keyboard, take notes, complete and file reports, file and copy documents.  Corrected vision to normal range.  Speak in normal vocal tone and range, and communicate clearly and concisely to and with others.  Apply normal reasoning and detail as required in the accomplishment of job duties.  

Required Background Check
Applicants who are selected for an interview must provide a copy of their state-issued driver's license. They must pass a background investigation to the satisfaction of the agency prior to placement. Since background investigations take time to complete, applicants are encouraged to apply early.