Criminal Court Advocacy Coordinator

Summary of Position: The Criminal Court Advocacy Coordinator is part of GEMS’ Alternative to Incarceration project.  The Criminal Court Advocacy Coordinator supports girls and young women between the ages of 16 – 21, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and are involved in criminal court within the boroughs of New York City on matters related to prostitution and correlating issues.  The Criminal Court Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for the delivery of direct services and assists GEMS’ legal advocacy efforts.

Tasks and Responsibilities: This statement of duties is for the purpose of identifying this position but it is not limited to:

Court Advocacy:

  • Interview and screen prospective participants, both currently incarcerated and at liberty
  • Present written and verbal reports to the court regarding participant’s progress
  • Conduct positive interactions with participants and family if necessary
  • Maintain and record accurate information of participant’s court cases
  • Serve as liaison between GEMs and members of the Criminal Court systems
  • Develop individualized service plans for court involved girls as alternative to incarceration.

Case Management, Counseling and Crisis Intervention

  • Conduct intake and follow-up meetings with all individuals court mandated to GEMS
  • Develop individualized service plans for active participants and support its realization
  • Meet with participants on a weekly basis to identify service needs and provide support
  • Provide, as needed, crisis intervention services during and after regular work hours
  • Complete progress/case notes and maintain participant records
  • Provide compliance reports and letters of support for members as needed
  • Facilitate educational, recreational, or therapeutic groups for both mandated and non-mandated GEMS members

Criminal Court Related Outreach:

  • In collaboration with the Clinical Manager and Program Director develop an outreach plan to raise awareness about CSEC and GEMS services in all 5 New York City Criminal Courts
  • In collaboration with the Clinical Manager and Program Director implement a more effective and efficient Criminal Court Advocacy program in all 5 New York City Criminal Courts
  • Assist with presentations and training about CSEC for court involved personnel and related agencies such as judges and Legal Aid public defense attorney.

 Additional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, education or related social and/or human science field. Master’s Degree a plus.
  • Eligible to work in U.S.
  • At least 2 – 3 years of experience working with the criminal courts
  • Must be sensitive to the needs of sexually exploited girls and young women
  • At least 3 years of experience working with youth.
  • Exhibit an understanding of CSEC and human trafficking.
  • Prior case management experience a plus

 Job Competencies

Attention to Detail Attitude Toward Others Emotional Control
Empathetic Outlook Excellent written and verbal communication Flexibility
Following Directions Initiative Meeting Standards
Multitasking Personal Accountability Project/Task and Goals Focus
Respect for Policies Team Player Excellent Administrative Duties

Behavioral Competencies

Adaptable Organized Workplace


GEMS Core Values

Development Grounded Trauma Informed Culturally Competent
Gender Responsive Strengths Based Social Justice Oriented

GEMS Principles

Survivor Leadership Transformative Relationship



How to Apply:

Please email on PDF or MS Word format a cover letter explaining why you would like to work at GEMS and how your experience and expertise will help us carry on with our mission; also send resume and salary requirement with Criminal Court Advocacy Coordinator in the subject line to our Operations Department  WE WILL BE REVIEWING ONLY THOSE RESUMES WITH SALARY REQUIREMENT INCLUDED.  No phone calls please!