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State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle Activates Voter Protection Task Force

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Miami – (October 25, 2021) – State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announces the activation of her Voter Protection Task Force this morning to ensure that early voting sites remain free of any impropriety or illegal activity.

“Law enforcement will be working the streets to make sure that voting in our county is fair and that everyone’s voice is heard. I have set up an election response team that will go out in response to any complaints about possible voting irregularities”, commented State Attorney Fernandez Rundle.

To assist in this endeavor, investigators from the State Attorney’s Office will be available at designated locations during scheduled voting hours throughout the early voting period ending on October 31, 2021 and again on election day November 2, 2021.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office has activated the Voter Protection Hotline. Anyone who suspects improper or irregular activities at early voting sites is urged to call the Hotline at 305-547-3300.

The State Attorney’s Office stands ready to act on every citizen’s behalf to preserve the
integrity of our elections and every vote cast.

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For further information, please contact Terry Chavez, Public Information Officer, at (305) 547- 0885 or TerryChavez@MiamiSAO.com.

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Special Victim Advocate II – Human Trafficking Unit

 TITLE: Special Victim Advocate II – Human Trafficking Unit

Position Overview: This Special Victim Advocate II will be providing comprehensive case management services to victims of Human Trafficking and working closely with them from the investigation stage throughout the final disposition of the case including being involved in nearly every aspect of the victims’ lives. This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The work schedule for this position is: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Job Responsibilities are:
• Providing direct victim-centered and confidential emergency support to victims from the arrest to the final disposition of the case
• On-call rotation to answer the SAO Human Trafficking Task Force 24/7 Hotline
• Conducting needs assessments
• Establishing individualized case management plans
• Ensuring that victims receive referrals to and information on community assistance services and receive crisis intervention counseling and on-going counseling
• Providing information on victim’s rights and options and information on legal services to victims
• Attending/accompanying victims as necessary to any criminal, civil proceedings
• Traveling with law enforcement personnel to the scene to conduct safety assessments, assist with crimes compensation, and assessing the immediate needs of the victims
• Working closely with the Victim/Witness Counselor and Paralegal staff in the unit and providing backup coverage as needed
• Performing other related duties as assigned

The Minimum requirements are:
• Bachelor’s Degree and two (2) years’ experience working directly with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or commercial sexual exploitation, in a Paralegal, Victim & Witness Specialist, or Victim Advocate position or,
• Associate Degree and four (4) years’ experience working directly with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or commercial sexual exploitation, in a Paralegal, Victim & Witness Specialist, or Victim Advocate position or,
• Six (6) years combination of education and experience working directly with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or commercial sexual exploitation, in a Paralegal, Victim & Witness Specialist, or Victim Advocate position.
• Must possess a valid and current Florida Drivers’ License and have a very good driving record

Preferred Qualification and Skills are:
• Fluency in English and Spanish

Specific Skills and Characteristics:
The Successful Candidate must:
• Possess and demonstrate an ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with the highest degree of professional responsibility
• Be a detail-oriented individual with proven aptitude using databases and an ability to work independently
• Possess and demonstrate excellent problem-solving abilities
• Possess and demonstrate exceptional writing skills
• Possess and demonstrate excellent verbal communication skills
• Possess and demonstrate significant knowledge of computer programs
• Work effectively under pressure and be adaptable to change
• Be able flexible with their work schedule and be able to work an on-call shift, work evenings, weekends and/or holidays
• Use their own vehicle in times where a State vehicle is not available, and the Candidate will be compensated for mileage at $.445 cents per mile

Starting Annual Salary: $40,437.12 To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application, and updated resume to: SAOJobs@MiamiSAO.com., with the Subject: VW Specialist II. Applications can be downloaded from our website at: www.miamisao.com.

The State Attorney’s Office reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement without prior written or other notice. All information provided by applicants is subject to verification and background investigation. False statements or omission of information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed. Insurance benefits, vacation package and Florida Retirement System Pension benefits are offered with this position.

Internal and External Candidates will be considered
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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Crime Intelligence Analyst I – Human Trafficking

Title: Crime Intelligence Analyst I – Human Trafficking

Position Overview The Crime Intelligence Analyst I in the Human Trafficking Unit deals with graphic details of horrific incidents and exposure to profane language. This position will work directly with the SAO Human Trafficking Investigators and Detectives to develop intelligence and leads on Human Trafficking and RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act) investigations, pre-arrest, as well as working closely with crime analysts from State and Federal Agencies and Task Forces that investigate human trafficking crimes throughout the nation. The schedule for this position is 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. but flexibility of the work schedule is required to include late evenings and weekends if involved in a time-sensitive project. This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The Job Responsibilities are:
• Conducting comprehensive analysis of digital evidence, including cell site orders, trap and trace, financial records, and social media website data
• Creating, maintaining, and updating a database of criminal activity based on various points of information
• Using computer programs and statistical data to identify and map criminal activity, preparing criminal reports to support policing activities and identify links between suspects, vehicles, MO (Modus Operandi), and determine their connection to particular crimes cases
• Locating times and areas where a particular crime or a range of criminal activity is occurring
• Preparing specific crime analysis reports when crime patterns, crime series, and crime trends are identified, and disseminate reports to appropriate users
• Creating crime/suspect correlation analyses to provide suspect leads to investigators and link analyses to known or suspected offenders or to open unresolved crime cases
• Managing and preparing HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas) database reports
• Reviewing, categorizing, and coding crime reports in the HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas) database, additional reports, and investigative reports to compare MO (Modus Operandi) and suspect information
• Participating in meetings with investigators, assistant state attorneys and administrators to identify the types of crime and intelligence products and services that would assist in the enhancement of crime suppression and criminal apprehension efforts
• Developing and implementing procedures to prevent loss of information
• Responding to after-hours calls as required
• Performing other related duties as assigned

The Minimum Requirements are:
• Bachelor’s Degree and two (2) years’ of experience in related work
• Associate Degree and five (5) years’ experience in related work
• Seven (7) years equivalent combination of education and related work experience

The Preferred Qualifications and Skills are:
• Having an excellent grasp of working knowledge pertaining to the Countering Crime and GIS & Data Analytics programs
• Being Florida-Certified Law Enforcement Analyst

Specific Skills and Characteristics
The Successful Candidate must be able to:
• Possess and demonstrate a strong working knowledge of gathering data, verifying, and analyzing
• Possess and demonstrate the ability to work well and communicate effectively with law enforcement, the general public and all levels of staff
• Possess and demonstrate excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
• Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and data
• Work effectively under pressure and with time constraints
• Be detailed oriented
• Be adaptable to change

Starting Annual Salary: $40,437.12 

To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application, and updated resume to: SAOJobs@MiamiSAO.com., with the Subject: VW Specialist II. Applications can be downloaded from our website at: www.miamisao.com.

The State Attorney’s Office reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement without prior written or other notice. All information provided by applicants is subject to verification and background investigation. False statements or omission of information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed. Insurance benefits, vacation package and Florida Retirement System Pension benefits are offered with this position

Internal and External Candidates will be considered
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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Investigation Report: Brandon Jerome Wimberly and Johnny Jinnel Watson

On October 19, 2021, an investigative report was signed by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in the officer involved shooting case involving Brandon Jerome Wimberly and Johnny Jinnel Watson.

Brandon Jerome Wimberly and Johnny Jinnel Watson Investigation Report

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State Attorney Fernandez Rundle Participates in Virtual Conversation with Government Lawyers

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, alongside Public Defender Carlos J. Martínez and James Alan Weinkle from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, participated in a ‘Virtual Conversation with Government Lawyers’ hosted by the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation during which they explored different areas to help first and second-year law students navigate the path towards their desired careers.

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Paralegal Specialist III – M.O.V.E.S. Program

Title: Paralegal Specialist III – M.O.V.E.S. Program

Location:  Working Off-Site and
                   Lawson E. Thomas
                   Courthouse Center
                   175 N.W. 1st Avenue
                   Miami, FL 33128

Position Overview The Paralegal III in the Mobile Operations Victim Emergency Services (M.O.V.E.S.) Program works off-site and is responsible for conducting pre-file conferences of victims, witnesses and police officers on Misdemeanor and Felony domestic violence cases and assessing the needs of the victim. These statements are taken after normal business hours, weekends and holidays at police departments, victims’ homes or hospitals. Candidates will be responding to the City of Miami, City of Hialeah, City of Hialeah Gardens, City of Miami Springs, Town of Medley and Village of Virginia Gardens. The work schedule for this position is: Working an on-call shift from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (Monday through Friday) and 24 hours on weekends and holidays and must work during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at least one week out of each month at the Courthouse Center, Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit.

The Job Responsibilities are:
• Taking sworn statements of victims, witnesses and police officers
• Taking photographs of victims’ injuries
• Assessing victims’ needs and providing information regarding their rights as a victim of crime and Crimes Compensation
• Completing a Victim Assessment form in Hydra
• Coordinating emergency shelter for the victim
• Conducting roll calls at various police departments to inform police officers about the program
• Performing other related duties as assigned

The Minimum Requirements are:

• Bachelor’s Degree and two (2) years’ experience as a Paralegal, Victim Witness Specialist, Case Analyst, Legal Assistant (Trial Coordinator), or
• Associate Degree and four (4) years’ experience as a Paralegal, Victim Witness Specialist, Case Analyst, Legal Assistant (Trial Coordinator), or
• Successful completion of a two (2) year paralegal program and four (4) years’ experience as a Paralegal, Victim Witness Specialist, Case Analyst, Assistant (Trial Coordinator), or
• Six (6) years of equivalent combination of education and work experience as a Paralegal, Victim Witness Specialist, Case Analyst, Legal Assistant (Trial Coordinator)
• Must possess a valid and current Florida Drivers’ License and have a very good driving record
• Must reside within 20 miles of the designated areas

The Preferred Qualifications and Skills are:

• Prior work experience with victims of crime

Specific Skills and Characteristics:

The Successful Candidate must be able to:
• Possess and demonstrate fluency in English and Spanish
• Comply with the SAO Driving Policy
• Use their personal vehicle and will be compensated at .445 cents per mile
• Possess and demonstrate excellent problem-solving abilities
• Possess and demonstrate excellent organizational skills
• Work effectively under pressure and with stringent deadlines
• Be flexible with their work schedule
• Be a self-starter
• Work independently
• Be adaptable to change
• Be detailed-orientated

Starting Annual Salary: $35,568.00 To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application, and updated resume to: SAOJobs@MiamiSAO.com. Applications can be downloaded from our website at: www.miamisao.com.
The State Attorney’s Office reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement without prior written or other notice. All information provided by applicants is subject to verification and background investigation. False statements or omission of information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed. Insurance benefits, vacation package and Florida Retirement System Pension benefits are offered with this position.

Internal and External Candidates will be considered
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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Victim Witness Specialist II – County Court (County Payroll)

Title: Victim Witness Specialist II – County Court (County Payroll)

Location: Civic Park Plaza
                   1469 N.W. 13 Terrace
                   Miami, FL 33125

Position Overview The Victim Witness Specialist II provides secretarial and caseload support for three (3) to four (4) Assistant State Attorneys, helping to prepare availabilities and contacting victims and witnesses for trial hearings. The work schedule for this position is 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (depending on assigned division).

The Job Responsibilities are:
• Preparing weekly availability lists for Standby trials
• Generating subpoenas for upcoming mandatory trial hearings
• Verifying addresses and contact information and retrieving valid email addresses
• Preparing witness locates
• Coordinating transportation of victims and witnesses for pre-file conferences and trial hearings
• Assessing victims’ needs and making appropriate referrals to community resources for victims’ assistance
• Updating addresses and contact information in TIS or Hydra
• Explaining the restitution process to victims and the necessary documents needed
• Requesting eligible cases be set for restitution hearing
• Assisting the Assistant State Attorneys when preparing for trial
• Handling numerous incoming and outgoing telephone calls from defense attorneys, police agencies, victim/witnesses and other outside agencies
• Providing back-up support to other Victim Witness Specialists
• Performing other related duties as assigned

The Minimum requirements are:
• Bachelor’s Degree or,
• Associate Degree and one (1) year experience with work in the area of criminal justice, social science, counseling, public contact/customer service or,
• An equivalent combination of training and experience
• Successful completion of the Skills Test

The Preferred Qualifications and Skills are:
• Being fluent in English and Spanish

Specific Skills and Characteristics
The Successful Candidate must be able to:
• Possess and demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills
• Possess and demonstrate excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
• Possess and demonstrate being detailed oriented
• Work effectively under pressure and meet stringent time constraints
• Work effectively with all levels of staff and the public
• Possess and demonstrate significant knowledge of computer programs
• Possess and demonstrate the ability to work independently
• Handle a large volume of calls

County Annual Salary: $27,040.08 To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application, and updated resume to: SAOJobs@MiamiSAO.com. with the Subject: VW Specialist II. Applications can be downloaded from our website at: www.miamisao.com.

The State Attorney’s Office reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to
withdraw the announcement without prior written or other notice. All information provided by
applicants is subject to verification and background investigation. False statements or omission of
information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of
employment, or dismissal after being employed. Insurance benefits, vacation package and Florida Retirement System Pension benefits are offered with this position.

External Candidates will be considered
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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Investigation Report: Anthony Alexander Arias

On October 15, 2021, an investigative report was signed by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in the officer involved shooting case involving Anthony Alexander Arias.

Anthony Alexander Arias Investigation Report

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Legal Assistant II – Felony Division

Title: Legal Assistant II – Felony Divisions
           (Formerly Known as Legal Secretary I)              

Location: E.R. Graham Building
                  1350 N.W. 12 Avenue
                  Miami, FL 33136

 

Position Overview: 

The Legal Assistant II in the Felony Divisions provides secretarial and caseload support for three (3) to four (4) Assistant State Attorneys.  The work schedule for this position is 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (depending on assigned division and Judge court room hours).  During initial training period the work schedule is 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The Job Responsibilities are: 

  • Preparing daily court, supplemental and alias capias calendars
  • Locating Felony Cases for court daily
  • Processing court calendar returns and organizing files back properly
  • Preparing subpoenas, motions and orders
  • Ordering photos, body worn cam videos, police reports and other supporting documentation from additional agencies
  • Distributing and organizing incoming/outgoing mail
  • Completing requests for Assistant State Attorneys
  • Maintaining Database
  • Performing extensive phone work and having contact with the public and law enforcement personnel
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

The Minimum Requirements are: 

  • High School Diploma or its equivalent
  • Two (2) years clerical experience

The Preferred Qualifications and Skills are: 

  • Being fluent in English and Spanish

Specific Skills and Characteristics 

The Successful Candidate must be able to: 

  • Lift boxes weighing 25 pounds
  • Possess and demonstrate significant knowledge of computer programs
  • Possess and demonstrate very good verbal communication skills
  • Possess and demonstrate excellent organizational skills
  • Work effectively under pressure and with all levels of staff and outside agencies
  • Work effectively under stringent deadlines
  • Possess and demonstrate the ability to multitask
  • Be detailed-oriented
  • Be adaptable to change
  • Be computer literate
  • Work in a group/team environment

Starting Annual Salary:  $27,040.08 

To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application, and updated resume to: SAOJobs@MiamiSAO.com with the Subject: LEGAL ASSISTANT II – FELONY.  Applications can be downloaded from our website at:  www.miamisao.com.

 

The State Attorney’s Office reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement without prior written or other notice.  All information provided by applicants is subject to verification and background investigation.  False statements or omission of information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed. 

Insurance benefits, vacation package and Florida Retirement System Pension benefits are offered with this position

 

Internal and External Candidates will be considered
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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