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Temporary Staff Attorney

Department: Legal Services
Location: Washington, DC






About KIND 

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other 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 ten field offices across the United States.


Position Description & Responsibilities

Overview: KIND seeks a Temporary Staff Attorney in Washington, D.C. to help provide, develop, and oversee pro bono legal representation of unaccompanied children living in the District of Columbia through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners. This includes providing ongoing mentoring and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys handling children’s cases and training volunteer attorneys to effectively represent individual child clients before immigration authorities and in D.C. family court proceedings. This role will also include direct representation of unaccompanied immigrant children residing in D.C. in applications for immigration relief through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and in removal proceedings before the Arlington Immigration Court. This temporary position is for approximately June through September 2019.


Responsibilities of the Staff Attorney will 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 D.C. community as appropriate;
  • Develop and maintain updated guidance materials, sample filings, and legal training presentations;
  • Foster KIND’s 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 D.C. family court, or other forms of humanitarian immigration relief including asylum, T visas or U visas as needed.
  • Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission; and
  • Participate in conferences, meetings, and trainings as needed.


Educational & 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. 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 the District of Columbia. Applicants must demonstrate excellent communication, collaboration, and professional judgment skills.


What We Offer

KIND offers a competitive benefits package including: medical, dental, and vision insurance; short and long-term disability; life insurance; flexible spending accounts for medical and transportation; 403(b) with organizational match; as well as several voluntary benefits including prepaid legal services and pet insurance. In addition, KIND offers generous leave benefits including paid vacation and sick days, paid holidays, and parental leave.    

KIND places great emphasis on providing employees the ability to balance their professional and personal responsibilities. Flextime, telecommuting, parental leave and wellness activities are some of the benefits that promote this value—and we are consistently searching for ways to support our staff’s ability to enjoy successful fulfilling careers while taking care of themselves and their families.

To Apply

If you are interested in joining the team and helping children in search of safety, please apply at All applications must include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references.

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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