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Interim Paralegal

Department: Legal Programs

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 child’s 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.

KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – 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 a paralegal who will be responsible for supporting KIND’s delivery of legal services to children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement and placed at the Ft. Bliss Emergency Intake Site in El Paso, TX, through a range of services and case support tasks. Paralegals are responsible for conducting know-your-rights orientations, legal screenings and/or individual case consultations, legal referrals, and supporting overall program operations including data maintenance, scheduling, and other related duties.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct group Know Your Rights (KYR) presentations to children at the Ft. Bliss Emergency Intake Site;
  • Working within a team and under attorney supervision, provide individual abridged legal screenings to children;
  • Conduct data entry and tracking and assist with coordination and scheduling of KYRs and legal screenings;
  • Prepare legal referrals for transferred and released children;
  • Identify and elevate children’s case needs based on particular vulnerabilities and/or legal or social services case needs;
  • Support overall team operations and logistics with administrative tasks and special projects, as needed.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • 1+ years experience working with at-risk youth, immigrants, refugees, and/or vulnerable populations
  • Advanced fluency in the Spanish language
  • Excellent organizational, time management skills, and attention to detail
  • Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple attorneys and non-attorney colleagues
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing
  • Ability to adapt to a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities
  • Experience conducting legal intakes or interviewing children preferred
  • Experience working in an office setting is preferred.

Language requirement:

  • English: Fluent
  • Spanish: Fluent

Salary Range: $41,616 - $52,020 depending on experience

KIND requires all staff be COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions.

Application Instructions:

Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and 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.

Disclaimer: KIND is committed to an ethical recruitment and hiring process and maintains a firm “no fees” recruitment policy. We will never charge a fee or ask for money as part of the application process. KIND also conducts all interviews via telephone or video conference, and at no time will KIND engage in a text or mobile app-based application or interview process. For more information, please visit the following website:






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