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Legal Advocate (Temporary)

Department: Legal Programs
Location: El Paso, TX

About KIND:

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.

Position Summary:

KIND seeks to hire multiple bilingual Legal Advocates to provide core legal services including Know-Your-Rights orientations, legal screenings, and case assessments to unaccompanied children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Emergency Intake Site at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, TX.  Law graduates will work closely with a legal team and under the supervision of a licensed attorney. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates interested in practicing immigration and/or child advocacy to receive hands on experience and training.  Law school graduates with relevant clinical experience encouraged to apply.   

This is a temporary position with a duration of up to four months.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide Know-Your-Rights orientations, individual legal screenings, case consultations, and referrals to unaccompanied children placed at Ft. Bliss EIS.
  • Under the supervision of a licensed staff attorney, assist in providing guidance to senior paralegals, paralegals, and/or other non-attorney staff as needed including:
    • Daily support on substantive legal issue that arise.
    • Ensuring delivery of high-quality, child-centered and trauma-informed services. 
  • In coordination with team members, develop and implement program procedures including scheduling, case flow, and data tracking systems to ensure consistent delivery of services to a high-volume of children.
  • Help implement on-site programming with external volunteers and pro bono partners.
  • Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into KIND’s case management systems.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • J.D. and applicant for admission to a state bar.
  • Experience in immigration law, including serving clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas.
  • Experience working with children or adolescents, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with vulnerable populations, survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma; experience working with detained individuals desired.
  • Advanced fluency in the Spanish language.
  • Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work independently.

KIND requires all staff be COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions.

Benefits:

At KIND we value every employee and the vital role they play in carrying out our mission to protect unaccompanied children on the move. Each employee hired as part of the ORR Project will be eligible for:

  • Up to $2,000 in relocation expenses
  • Up to 5 paid days in hotel
  • Paid roundtrip flight
  • Two medical insurance plans with 100% employer-paid options for medical, dental and vision (Eligible on day of hire)
  • And lots more!

Salary Range: $58,040 - $72,540 dependent on experience.

Application Instructions:

Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role.

KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

 

 

 

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