District of Columbia
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KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND)
STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION
Background: KIND was founded by the Microsoft Corporation and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, and is the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone. We do this in partnership with over 531 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations has served more than 16,380 children since 2009, and trained over 26,015 private sector attorneys to provide them with high quality representation in their deportation proceedings. KIND promotes protection of children in countries of origin and transit countries and works to address the root causes of child migration from Central America. KIND also advocates to change law, policy, and practices to improve the protection of unaccompanied children in the United States, by educating policymakers, the media, and the broader public about the violence that is driving children out of Central America and their need for protection.
Overview: KIND seeks a Staff Attorney in Washington, D.C. to help provide, develop, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children 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 the direct representation of unaccompanied immigrant children residing in D.C. in obtaining immigration relief through applications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and before the Arlington Immigration Court. This is a 30 hours per week position with the possibility to expand to 40 hours.
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.
- Admission to practice law in the District of Columbia;
- One-to-three years 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 and T visas;
- Spanish fluency;
- Family law experience a plus;
- Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;
- A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills;
- 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;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Excellent professional judgment;
- Ability to hit the ground working, multi-task, and work independently; and
- Ability to work collaboratively.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references, should be submitted online at: https://supportkind.org/jobs/
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 not later than the posted deadline. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and 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.