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Staff Attorney, Family Reunification

Department: International Programs
Location: Remote

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 childís 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.

KINDís social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children Ė who have often endured trauma Ė 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 four (4) Staff Attorneys to provide large-scale, highly time-sensitive registration and legal counseling services through a remote Helpdesk children and families in Central America and Mexico impacted by family separation who are seeking information about their eligibility and options to return to the United States under the Biden Administrationís Family Reunification Task Force humanitarian parole program.

These positions are 100% remote. These positions are fully funded for one year with strong possibility of extension. Benefits are associated with this position.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide Helpdesk callers with essential information and Know-Your-Rights presentations.
  • Conduct individual legal screenings and/or case analysis for families with complex questions about the process or their legal cases in the United States or for those with heightened vulnerabilities in cases identified as in need of urgent assessment,
  • Screen for and identify protection needs and make appropriate referrals dependent on case needs.
  • In coordination with team members, develop and implement effective program procedures including scheduling, case flow, and data tracking systems to ensure consistent delivery of services to a high volume of families on a condensed timeline.
  • Help develop and implement programming with project partners and stakeholders.
  • Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into KINDís case management systems.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • J.D. and admitted to state bar.
  • At least 1 year of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients both in and outside the United States in humanitarian immigration claims such as humanitarian parole or other parole programs such as CAM, asylum or refugee proceedings, 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.
  • Experience with adult claims, including crimmigration, bars to admissibility and waivers, is strongly preferred.
  • 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.

Application Instructions:
Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume, 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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