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Direct Representation Attorney

Department: Legal Services
Location: Los Angeles, CA

KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND)

DIRECT REPRESENTATION ATTORNEY

LOS ANGELES, CA     

April 2019 

 

About KIND 

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also engages in programming in Central America and Mexico to promote the best interests and protection of migrant children throughout the region. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States. 



POSITION PURPOSE

Responsible for providing representation to unaccompanied immigrant children in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. 

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

May be responsible for one or more of the following:

  • Represent children in immigration removal proceedings including children eligible for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), T visas and/or U visas
  • Provide representation before state court in matters pertaining to child custody, primarily suits affecting parent-child relationships
  • File all relevant paperwork, petitions and applications with government agencies, immigration court, and state courts, where applicable
  • Attend immigration and state court hearings as well as interviews and adjudications before government agencies
  • Participate in staff meetings and KIND-wide calls
  • Assist in the supervision of paralegals, law student interns and volunteers
  • Conduct intake interviews with children when appropriate
  • Assist with mentoring, trainings and presentations to pro bono attorneys, with the help and guidance of pro bono team
    • Serve as an ambassador of KIND with local coalitions, courts, and agencies
    • Other duties as assigned

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Licensed attorney admitted to practice in California
  • 2+ years’ experience working in immigration law and with immigration authorities or with family law, or substantially equivalent experience
  • Fluency in Spanish required
  • Experience in direct representation of clients in immigration proceedings or family law matters
  • Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma
  • Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, and preferably prior experience working with individual attorneys, law firms, or service providers
 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone and email with KIND's national team

TO APPLY 

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online at: https://supportkind.org/jobs/Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.

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