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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 Fellowship Proposals to commence in 2022 for the following field offices: Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Washington, DC (Falls Church, VA satellite); and Houston, TX. Additionally, KIND’s Family Separation and Special Programs Team is soliciting Fellowship Proposals; fellowship could be in any site where KIND maintains a field office.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Juris doctor anticipated by June 2022; recent law graduate, or experienced attorney seeking to make a career change to public interest work.
  • Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with vulnerable populations, including survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma.
  • Knowledge of immigration law, including humanitarian immigration claims such as Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas, a plus.
  • If proposal involves direct client contact, advanced fluency in Spanish (oral and written) is required.
  • Record of cultural responsiveness and cross-cultural communication skills.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants must submit an employment application by July 30, 2021 for consideration. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and must include the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter, including why you are interested in becoming a fellow with KIND, initial thoughts on a proposal, and what interests you about the potential proposal, as well as desired field office sites you are interested in applying to (Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Houston, TX; Family Separation and Special Programs Team). Please be advised that you can apply to more than one site.
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • References (3)

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.

Please apply directly on our site with this link: https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1674590&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025

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…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    January 3, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    July 30, 2021

Benefits

  • Two medical insurance plans with 100% employer-paid options for medical, dental and vision.
  • Pre-tax flexible spending and dependent care accounts.
  • Pre-tax commuter spending accounts.
  • Pre-tax 401(k) retirement plan with employer matching funds.
  • Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance.
  • Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance.
  • Generous paid parental leave.
  • Voluntary benefits including supplemental, spousal and child insurance.
  • Generous vacation accrual (20 days in Year 1; 25 days after Year 3; and 30 days after Year 5)
  • Twelve paid sick leave days per year.
  • Thirteen paid holidays per year.
  • Flexible work schedules and telecommuting options.
  • Job-related Professional Development fees (including annual state bar dues and professional memberships).
  • Mission-driven and fulfilling work with colleagues who make it a great place to work.
  • And lots more!


  • Two medical insurance plans with 100% employer-paid options for medical, dental and vision.
  • Pre-tax flexible spending and dependent care accounts.
  • Pre-tax commuter spending…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Houston, TX
Associated Location
Houston, TX, USA

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit an employment application by July 30, 2021 for consideration. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and must include the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter, including why you are interested in becoming a fellow with KIND, initial thoughts on a proposal, and what interests you about the potential proposal, as well as desired field office sites you are interested in applying to (Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Houston, TX; Family Separation and Special Programs Team). Please be advised that you can apply to more than one site.
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • References (3)

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.

Please apply directly on our site with this link: https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1674590&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025

Interested applicants must submit an employment application by July 30, 2021 for consideration. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and must include the following…

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