CourtWatch – King County Sexual Assault Resource Center

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Below is information about a volunteer opportunity that may interest you. Please feel free to post this opportunity and the attached application or forward it to those you think may be interested and are looking for opportunities to give back to the community. Thank you for your consideration.

CourtWatch, a court monitoring program with the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC), is looking for volunteers for Fall 2012!

About KCSARC: Founded in 1976, KCSARC has grown to be the largest sexual assault victim’s service organization in Washington. Our purpose is to alleviate, as much as possible, the trauma of sexual assault for victims and their families. In addition to our CourtWatch program, we offer a comprehensive set of services to meet our clients’ needs including: legal advocacy, therapy, a 24-hour resource line, and parent education.

What is Court Monitoring? Court Monitoring is the process of gathering information about the courts through observation and research. CourtWatch monitors will observe King County Superior Court cases related to sexual assault and child abuse, and complete targeted questionnaires so that the information can be used to track individual cases and patterns of behavior. Based on monitors’ observations, KCSARC will follow up with justice system personnel to reinforce positive trends, and to recommend improvements that will make the justice system more effective in its handling of cases involving sexual assault and child abuse victims.

Location: Volunteers will observe court proceedings at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent and/or the King County Courthouse in Seattle, and will be required to provide their own transportation to and from court. Applicants can indicate their location preference on their applications.

Time Commitment: One monitoring shift lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Volunteers are expected to make a minimum six-month commitment to volunteer for one shift per month (and may do it more often if so desire).

Who should apply? This is a great opportunity for people interested in criminal law, sociology, human rights, issues related to sexual violence, or for those who want to learn more about our legal system. You will receive a firsthand look at how the courts handle cases of sexual violence and child physical abuse, and have an opportunity to give input that can improve the justice system.

Application file is attached.

Alan Waite | CourtWatch Services Coordinator | Education Specialist King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) | end the silence

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