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Senior Attorney

Department: Legal Services
Location: Washington, DC




MAY 2019



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. KIND has provided nearly 18,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and legal staff and cultivating partnerships with over 600 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 Description

KIND seeks a full-time Senior Attorney to join its Special Programs team within the organizationís Legal Services component. The Senior Attorney will be part of KINDís legal strategy, technical assistance and training arm within the Legal Services team. The Senior Attorney may be based in one of KINDís field office locations, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Seattle, or Washington, DC.

The Senior Attorney will report to the Supervising Attorney for Special Programs within KINDís Legal Services component. In collaboration with the Deputy Director for Special Programs, the Supervising Attorney, and the rest of the Special Programs team, the Senior Attorney will help deliver legal services to children and families impacted by family separation and other emerging legal and policy changes affecting migrant children seeking safe haven in the U.S. The Senior Attorney will provide direct representation, pro bono mentoring, and strategic legal counsel and program planning and implementation in a cutting-edge area of work on behalf of highly vulnerable children.

Primary Responsibilities 

The Senior Attorney will have a variety of responsibilities to support and enhance KINDís mission including the following:

  •  Work closely with Deputy Director for Special Programs, Supervising Attorney for Special Programs, and other members of the Special Programs team to ensure program delivery excellence for clients and stakeholders, including pro bono attorneys;
  •  Work collaboratively with the Legal Services leadership team to assess substantive training needs, as well as plan and implement trainings for Legal Services staff and pro bono partners. Prepare written guidance materials and sample filings;
  •  Assist with strategic service delivery efforts, including use of technology-based legal services models, as well as crisis response and remote mentoring initiatives;
  •  Work with Deputy Director, Supervising Attorney, and other members of the Legal Services component to support litigation and other advocacy efforts where needed;
  •  Support KINDís cross-border work with migrant children as needed, including possible on-the-ground work in Mexico or in the border region;
  •  Support KINDís contribution to, and robust inclusion in, key partnerships and collaborations in coordination with the Deputy Director and Supervising Attorney.
  • Directly represent separated and unaccompanied migrant children in immigration proceedings, including seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), asylum, or other forms of humanitarian immigration relief;
  • Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to pro bono attorneys providing separated children and reunified family units immigration representation before DHS and EOIR for removal proceedings and representation in related family law matters as needed;
  • Assist the Supervising Attorney and Deputy Director in managing collaboration and coordination between the Special Programs Team and KINDís field office teams;
  • Foster KINDís relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with other Legal Services team members;
  • Collaborate with KIND management in support of KINDís mission;
  • Participate in conferences, meetings, media engagements, and trainings as needed; and


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Admission to practice law in any state, preferably in the applicable jurisdiction in which applicant seeks to be located;
  2. Five or more years of experience practicing immigration law in a professional capacity, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas and T visas;
  3. Spanish fluency or advanced proficiency;
  4. Experience supervising attorneys and legal staff;
  5. Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;
  6. A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills;
  7. An understanding of the private law firm and corporate pro bono culture and the ability to be a well-respected and effective representative of the program to all stakeholders;
  8. Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  9. Excellent organizational skills; ability to work on multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment;
  10. Experience with funding applications, metrics and deliverable development and tracking;
  11. Passion for the plight of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children, and the enthusiasm and skills to communicate that passion to potential partners and other organizations.
  12. Excellent professional judgment;
  13. Ability to hit the ground working, multi-task, and work independently in dynamic and novel initiatives;
  14. Ability to work collaboratively; and



Commensurate with education and experience.



Supervising Attorney for Special Programs



Work is generally performed within the office environment and includes regular interaction via phone, video, and email.  



Position requires occasional travel.



Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online at: If applicant proposes to work in a location other than at KINDís Headquarters in Washington, D.C. please state proposed location clearly in cover letter.

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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