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.
KIND seeks a Supervising Attorney to provide senior-level expertise and program management in the provision of legal services by KIND attorneys and pro bono partners to detained unaccompanied children facing removal proceedings.
- Supervise and lead the Detained Program in relevant jurisdiction(s), in collaboration with the Managing Attorney, including supervising casework, managing caseloads and other responsibilities, promoting and advising supervisees on professional growth, conducting employee performance evaluations, meeting regularly with each supervisee, and providing consistent and effective supervision to ensure high-quality legal work.
- Provide legal skills trainings and technical case assistance to in-house staff, pro bono attorneys, or other stakeholders, in coordination with field office colleagues and KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance team.
- Serve as an organizational leader, advisor, and resident expert on the special needs of detained children, and the tailored provision of services in the detained context.
- Undertake direct representation of detained children in immigration removal proceedings and continue representation once children are released or transferred to another Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) or adult facility locally, as needed.
- Monitor daily arrivals, transfers, and discharges of immigrant children housed in ORR facilities in relevant jurisdiction(s).
- Oversee the timely and high-quality provision of legal orientation presentations and intakes of children upon arrival at ORR shelters.
- Liaison with shelter staff and other stakeholders as needed to maximize efficient and effective services to detained children.
- Review intakes by detained team and make determination regarding eligibility for immigration relief.
- Oversee or conduct drafting of eligibility letters for children to be transferred outside of relevant jurisdiction(s) for long term foster care determinations.
- Oversee or conduct assembly of court packages as needed, dependent on Immigration Court practices in local jurisdiction.
- Oversee or conduct completion of program reports, as needed, for partners and other stakeholders.
- Maintain ORR and other stakeholder relations.
- Oversee data management, ensuring data integrity through regular case audits and technical fluency with KIND’s case management systems.
- Collaborate with Managing Attorney to determine in-house and volunteer pro bono case placements.
- Assist with development of resources, local training curriculum, sample filings, and guidance packets, in coordination with local field office staff responsible for pro bono training and mentoring.
- Represent KIND at local coalitions, courts, and agencies.
- Assist in the supervision of attorneys, support staff, law student interns and volunteers.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- J.D. and admitted to New York bar.
- 5+ years’ experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas and T visas required.
- 3+ years’ experience supervising attorneys and/or paralegals.
- 3+ years’ experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma.
- 2+ years’ experience working in a legal setting.
- 2+ years’ experience working in a detained setting.
- Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work independently.
- Advanced fluency in Spanish language required.
- Ability to travel as assigned.
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.