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Staff Attorney

Department: Legal Services
Location: Atlanta, GA

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Staff Attorney

Atlanta, Georgia

May 2019


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. 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 Staff Attorney in Atlanta, GA to help provide, develop, and oversee pro bono legal representation of unaccompanied children who are survivors of crime and child abuse under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). This representation includes providing ongoing mentoring and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys through KINDSís network of major law firms and corporate partners, handling childrenís cases and training volunteer attorneys to effectively represent individual child clients before immigration authorities and in Georgia family court proceedings. This role will also include direct representation of unaccompanied immigrant children residing in Georgia in applications for immigration relief through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court.

 

Responsibilities 

Include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to pro bono attorneys providing unaccompanied children full scope immigration representation and representation in related family law matters;
  • Conduct outreach and know-your-rights presentations to the Georgia. community as appropriate;
  • Develop and maintain updated guidance materials, sample filings, and legal training presentations;
  • Foster KINDís relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the other legal services team members;
  • Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports;
  • Represent children in seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) findings from Georgia family courts, or other forms of humanitarian immigration relief including asylum, T visas or U visas as needed.
  • Collaborate with KIND management in support of KINDís mission; and
  • Participate in conferences, meetings, and trainings as needed.

Educational and Experience Requirements

This position requires at least one year of experience practicing immigration law in a professional or volunteer capacity, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas or T visas, or equivalent experience, such as Georgia juvenile dependency or delinquency experience or working with survivors of crime and child abuse.

Applicants who have Spanish fluency and experience working with children, preferably immigrants or refugees, or with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma are strongly preferred.

Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Georgia or be willing to apply to and take the GA bar if waiver is not eligible. Applicants must demonstrate excellent communication, collaboration, and professional judgment skills.

What We Offer

Salary range is commensurate with education and experience. 

Supervisory Responsibilities

None

To Apply

If you are interested in joining the team and helping children in search of safety, please apply at https://supportkind.org/jobs/. All applications must include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted until applicant is notified. 

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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