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. KIND has provided nearly 18,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and legal staff and cultivating partnerships with over 600 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 half-time Paralegal at its Seattle field office to coordinate and conduct know-your-rights (KYR) presentations and comprehensive intakes to released and detained unaccompanied immigrant children; manage and perform data entry; open case files and prepare a comprehensive set of case documentation, such as retainers and releases; assist with case preparation for direct representation of clients; assist with pro bono placement and related duties; and assist with the overall administrative duties of the office. This position is funded through the City of Seattle and King County’s Legal Defense Network, serving unaccompanied children living in King County, and will work closely with the Staff Attorneys for this project.
The staff member will have, but not be limited to, the following responsibilities, in cooperation with the Legal Defense Network Staff Attorneys, LDN paralegal, and others in the Seattle office:
- Coordinate with community partners and other KIND staff to receive screened potential client referrals. Track all referred released and detained children to ensure all receive KYR presentations and intakes;
- Conduct KYR presentations and intakes with referred children, and provide follow up assistance until the client is assigned to an attorney;
- Organize and carry out community outreach activities, including meeting with community partners who may come into contact with unaccompanied children, attending immigration court dockets for unaccompanied children, and other activities;
- Maintain released child intake waitlist – add children to the list; monitor for deadlines; schedule for intakes; conduct follow-up when needed.
- Consult with Staff Attorneys and Managing Attorney regarding legal eligibility issues and prepare case summaries for placement with Pro Bono Attorneys;
- Prepare a comprehensive set of documents based on intakes for use by the KIND Staff and Pro Bono Attorneys;
- Assist with case preparation for direct representation of clients by KIND attorneys, including preparing filings for immigration court, juvenile and family court, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; collect supporting documents; and write client declarations and cover letters;
- Prepare and manage docket lists for upcoming court dates as well as assist and notify children who are still waiting for placement;
- Ensure data entry into case management database on a daily and ongoing basis; and
- Assist with office administration and case management as needed.
The Paralegal position requires a Bachelor of Arts degree or the equivalent.
- Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;
- Experience working with individual attorneys, law firms, or direct legal services organizations
- Experience working in immigration and/or dependency or family law; and
- Experience managing office operations and data management.
- Fluency in Spanish;
- Excellent organizational and time management skills;
- Attention to detail;
- Strong writing and proofreading skills;
- Strong inter-cultural communication skills;
- Ability to work collaboratively with multiple attorneys;
- Ability to adapt to a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities.
Commensurate with education and experience.
Staff Attorney – Seattle office
Applications, including a cover letter, resume, salary range requirements, 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.
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