Supervising Attorney

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1201 Third Ave
Suite 4900
United States


JULY 2018

 About KIND

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also engages in programming in Central America and Mexico to promote the best interests and protection of migrant children throughout the region.  Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.


KIND seeks a Supervising Attorney – Detained Program to manage the legal services provided by KIND to unaccompanied children in Office of Refugee Resettlement custody in Washington State. The Supervising Attorney will supervise an attorney and support staff within the detained program of KIND’s Seattle field office; oversee the Know Your Rights presentations and screening interviews of all children in the Washington State ORR contracted facilities; provide representation to detained unaccompanied immigrant children; and complete legal technical assistance projects on behalf of KIND.


JD and five or more years of experience working in humanitarian immigration law.


  • Admission to practice law in the state of Washington;
  • Fluency in Spanish;
  • Experience in direct representation in immigration proceedings of adults in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody and/or children in Office of Refugee Resettlement custody.
  • Experience working with unaccompanied immigrant children, and/or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;
  • Strong legal research and writing skills;
  • A strong record of cultural sensitivity and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively, and preferably prior experience working with individual attorneys, law firms, or service providers.


Commensurate with education and experience.


Managing Attorney – Seattle office


  • In consultation with the Managing Attorney – Seattle office, lead Seattle detained program team of attorney, program coordinator, and program assistant (3 direct reports), including supervising casework, managing caseloads and other responsibilities, conducting employee performance evaluations, and meeting regularly with each supervisee;
  • Assist in the supervision of law student interns and volunteers;



Responsibilities of the Supervising Attorney – Detained Programs, will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Program Management

  • Monitor daily arrivals, transfers, and discharges of immigrant children in Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) facilities in Washington State;
  • Oversee the legal orientation presentations and intakes of these children;
  • Review intakes to determine eligibility for immigration relief;
  • Review documents and write eligibility letters for children detained outside of Washington state for long term foster care determinations;
  • Complete program reports as needed; and
  • Maintain ORR stakeholder relations.


Direct Representation and Pro Bono Coordination

  • Undertake direct representation of detained children in immigration removal proceedings and continue representation once children are released or transferred to another ORR or adult facility locally;
  • Work with the Managing Attorney – Seattle office to determine in-house and volunteer pro bono case placement; and
  • Provide hands-on mentoring for volunteer attorneys.


Technical Assistance, Training, and Outreach

  • Provide technical assistance and expertise to KIND staff and community partners;
  • Prepare practice advisories regarding new policies, practices, legislation, and court decisions;
  • Work with community partners to prepare amicus briefs;
  • Assist with trainings and presentations; and
  • Represent KIND at local coalitions, courts, and agencies.



Work is generally performed within the office environment and at the ORR contracted facilities. Includes attendance at court.


This position requires local travel to ORR contracted facilities, the Northwest Detention Center, and Washington State juvenile and immigration courts located primarily in King and Pierce Counties.

Benefits: None

Level of Language Proficiency: None

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: J.D.

How To Apply


Applications, including a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online at: 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 will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 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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