Bronx Defenders

Apply HERE (Applications due February 16, 2018)

Websitehttp://Bronxdefenders.org

Location: Bronx, NY

Address of Internship: 360 E 161st St. Bronx, NY 10451

Number of Positions: 2

Organization Description: 

The Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal services, social work support and advocacy to indigent people of the Bronx. Today, our staff of over 250 represents 35,000 individuals each year and reaches hundreds more through outreach programs and community legal education. In the Bronx and beyond, The Bronx Defenders promotes justice in low-income communities by keeping families together.

We look beyond individual cases and use community education, leadership development, impact litigation, and legislative reform to challenge entrenched problems that drive individuals into the justice system. We operate on multiple levels: as a provider of Holistic Defense working one-on-one with clients and families; as a community resource; and as a force for systemic change advocating with policymakers. We seek partnerships with community-based providers and leverage their expertise to ensure that our clients’ expressed needs are addressed. We also rely upon our deep connections to community members to alert us to emerging trends that directly impact our clients’ well-being.

Position Description :

The Bronx Defenders seeks thoughtful and dedicated Investigators who will work alongside attorneys and advocates to defend Bronx residents accused of crimes. Broadly speaking, Investigators find evidence that will assist in the client's defense in court. The primary duty of the investigator is to locate, interview and take detailed statements from prosecution witnesses who are accusing our clients of committing a crime, as well as, those who may otherwise be witnesses. Other investigative duties include locating favorable defense witnesses, performing criminal background investigation, photographing and diagramming crime scenes, preparing courtroom exhibits, writing memoranda regarding investigative steps and results, assisting with case development and occasionally testifying in court proceedings.

Qualifications

Ideal applicants will be comfortable working in The Bronx community and possess the personality and ability to speak to strangers who are witnesses and agree to be interviewed. Candidates must be able to work in a collaborative setting and be able to produce high-quality written work. The schedule of investigators often varies according to the availability of the witnesses thus; Investigators must be flexible and able to available to work on the occasional evening or weekend.