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 full-time Staff Attorney for its Seattle office to help develop, maintain, 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 participating in community outreach, coordinating services with community partners, helping children to understand the immigration process and training volunteer attorneys to effectively represent individual child clients before immigration authorities and in Washington State dependency, non-parental custody, vulnerable youth guardianship, and family proceedings. This attorney will also provide direct representation to unaccompanied immigrant children and will represent them in obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, T and/or U visas.
Responsibilities of the Staff Attorney will include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Receive program eligibility screenings from community partners and oversee the referral of cases to the intake process.
- Conduct or oversee legal intakes and the provision of know-your-rights information to child clients. Review legal intake paperwork for immigration relief eligibility;
- Match child clients with pro bono attorneys or determine if a client should receive in-house direct representation;
- Represent children in immigration removal proceedings including children eligible for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), T visas and/or U visas as needed;
- Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to pro bono attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters and related dependency and family law matters;
- Participate in program meetings with community partners and funders;
- Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission;
- Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports; and
- Participate in conferences, meetings, and trainings as needed.
- Admission to practice law in the state of Washington;
- At least one to three years of 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;
- Fluency in Spanish required;
- Juvenile, dependency and/or 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;
- Mentoring and training experience;
- 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.
Commensurate with education and experience.
Managing Attorney – Seattle
This position may supervise one or more paralegals.
For more information and to apply, go here.