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Social Services Resources Volunteer

Department: Legal Programs
Location: Baltimore, MD

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 over 19,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys 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:

KINDís Baltimore Field Office seeks a volunteer to help compile and periodically update social service resources that KIND staff will use to provide social service referrals to unaccompanied children in removal proceedings in Maryland. The initial project will require an estimated 40 hours over a period of several weeks. The periodic updates would take place on a quarterly basis thereafter, and should entail a smaller commitment of time than the initial project. The position start date is flexible, with preference given to a qualified candidate who can start as soon as possible. This position is unpaid. The volunteer would need to provide his/her own laptop. 

Essential Functions:

  • Project Management: Help develop and maintain KINDís repository of social service resources for unaccompanied minors and their families in Maryland in order to meet client demand for social service referrals.
  • Meetings: Attend meetings with KIND staff to receive initial project guidance and provide on-going project updates. KIND staff will also be available to answer the volunteerís questions on a rolling basis.
  • Translation: If fluent in Spanish, assist in translating resource documents and/or drafting Spanish-language resource pamphlets.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Interested or experienced in working with immigrants (preferably child immigrants) or other low-income populations, preferably in Maryland.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Able to use their own laptop to complete the project.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Able to work remotely.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Ability to have interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team, as needed.

Application Instructions:

Please be advised that a resume and cover letter must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role. At minimum, your cover letter should address the following: preferred start date; number of hours per week you can devote to the project; your availability and willingness to help KIND periodically update social services resources following the completion of the initial project; how you meet the requirements for the position and Applications that do not contain the required documents and above-specified information will not be considered.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for interviews will be duly 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 after acceptance of the formal offer.

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