55 people are interested
Victim & Witness Staff Assistant - Boulder DA's Office
55 people are interested
Please note: Mandatory training of vetted potential volunteers will take place all day every Tuesday and Thursday and Tuesday until completed this fall.
Each training day is essential and must be attended in order to be considered for the position. If you cannot attend one of those trainings, please consider contacting us next year.
Minimum I year commitment after training.
Work side by side with seasoned professional victim advocates in the District Attorney's Office to assist crime victims and witnesses in dealing with, understanding and navigating the criminal justice system and trials in which they are involved.
This meaningful and important work helps some of the most vulnerable people (mostly women) through the bureaucracy stress and fear of pre-trial and court appearances. Significant training is involved (about 40 hours) and the length of commitment is one year, although there are many volunteers now serving in their fifth, ninth and 13th years of service! The weekly commitment is 8 hours (one full day or two half days 8am-12noon, 1pm-5pm firm). Volunteers are essential to adequately meeting the needs of victims and witnesses.
Responsibilities include actively listening as they process the trauma they have experienced, providing information to victims and witnesses regarding the status of their cases; explaining the criminal justice process; referring victims and witnesses to helpful resources and agencies in the community; providing crisis intervention and ongoing emotional support; and frequently updating subpoena and other records throughout the process. Some days may be mostly recordkeeping, others may include updating victim addresses, reaching out to justice partners or talking with staff about upcoming cases. Computer literacy is requested.
Especially helpful are those with legal, counseling and other human services experience.
About Boulder County Justice Services Volunteer Program
1777 6th Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302, US
Vision Statement: Boulder County values and provides opportunities for active participation of its residents in voluntary partnerships that enhance and enrich government services and the quality of life in the community. Philosophy Statement: Boulder County government is a partnership between its residents and the individuals and departments that are charged with the responsibility of carrying out the functions of local government. To ensure that residents have opportunities for meaningful and effective engagement in local government operations, professional standards in volunteer management are accepted as the guidelines for best practices.
We recruit and place volunteers and interns in a variety of volunteer positions for Community Justice Services and the District Attorney's (20th Judicial) office in Boulder County . Volunteers play a vital role in enhancing services to crime victims and juvenile and adult offenders. Our volunteer partners are essential in helping us maintain an open and responsive criminal justice system.
What Do Volunteers Do?
Provide support and information to crime victims and witnesses
Be a mentor to high-risk youth who need extra attention
Help people with consumer fraud complaints
Assist with research/data entry on incarceration rates and program outcomes
Teach ESL, HSE and life skills classes to incarcerated community members
1777 6th StreetBoulder, CO 80302
September 13, 2021
- People Skills
- Basic Computer Skills
- Relationship Building
- Verbal / Written Communication
- People 55+
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 1 year after training, (2) 4-hour shifts/wk , Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
- Background check and 40-hour training. Punctuality and reliability. Critical thinking skills, good boundaries, and empathy.