Office of the City Attorney - Volunteers


Victim Services Advocate Volunteer

Are you a compassionate person who is interested in helping crime victims in your community? Do you want to learn more about how the criminal justice system works? Whether your passion is directly working with victims or behind-the-scenes support, the City Attorney's Office is looking for volunteers to assist with victim support in the Criminal and Community Justice Divisions.

Description: Mentoring/coaching services, advocate support and providing access to a variety of resource information and referral services for victims, volunteers are able to meet our mission for victim services by:

  • Providing information to victims about court process
  • Providing advocacy, referrals and resource materials to victims
  • Liaise with attorneys and victims
  • Providing case follow-up and check-in with victims
  • Providing encouragement and inspirational support through the process 

Qualifications:

Minimum 18 years old

Successfully pass Background check

Reference checks

Annual training video

Opportunity training

Site orientation

Reliable, trustworthy and ability to maintain confidential information

Life experience or a combination of skills and experience/training in victim services preferred

Availability: During business hours

Commitment: Minimum 4 hours shift twice a week (Monday through Friday 8:00 to 5:00)

Duration: 6 months

Location: Volunteer support will be done at the City Attorney's Office and court. Complimentary parking for this work location is not available. You must pay for your own parking if you choose to drive yourself to this location. However, transportation alternatives are available, which includes the bus, trolley, or Coaster train, which are all within walking distance to the downtown locations.

City’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

All volunteers and interns (volunteers) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date. Volunteers may also request a religious or medical exemption by emailing COVID-RA@sandiego.gov and requesting an application form.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 

·       The City of San Diego is requiring all volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 1, 2021. 

·       Volunteer candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date in accordance with City policy. “Fully vaccinated” means a person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Acceptable COVID-19 vaccines must either be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or the World Health Organization.  

·       Volunteer candidates who are selected for a volunteer opportunity will be required to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination. 

·       Volunteers with a disability or medical condition that makes it medically inadvisable for them to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, as verified by their healthcare provider, or those with a sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice that prevents them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, may request reasonable accommodation and exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Candidates who receive a conditional job offer and wish to make a request for accommodation will be provided with more information. The City will review requests for medical or religious accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. A candidate’s start date may be adjusted to allow for the accommodation process. 

Mission Statement

Office of the City Attorney’s Mission Statement:

We protect San Diego through our dedication to justice and the welfare of our people, especially our most vulnerable residents.

We protect taxpayers in court and by advising officials on the responsible management of neighborhood resources.

We protect our natural resources, our communities, our quality of life, and our residents from exploitation and unscrupulous business practices.