KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND)
PRO BONO COORDINATING ATTORNEY – LEGAL SERVICES
NEW YORK CITY
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.
To provide expert legal services to unaccompanied children facing removal proceedings through zealous direct representation as well as pro bono facilitation, including robust consultation, training, and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted a KIND cases. This position will also supervise a paralegal, and/or interns.
Responsibilities of the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Conduct or oversee legal intakes and the provision of know-your-rights information to child clients;
- Match child clients with pro bono attorneys;
- Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to pro bono attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters and related family law matters;
- Develop and maintain updated guidance materials, sample filings, and legal training presentations;
- Foster and manage KIND relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the Director of Pro Bono Recruitment and Training;
- Provide direct representation to clients before immigration and state courts, and immigration agencies;
- Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports;
- Assist in supervision, training, and mentoring of program support staff in consultation with the Senior Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney and Managing Attorney;
- Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission; and
- Participate in conferences, meetings, and trainings as needed
- J.D. and admitted to practice law in New York
- Minimum 1 year 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;
- Minimum 1 year of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;
- Minimum 1 year of experience working with or training law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers;
- A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills;
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing;
- Excellent professional judgment;
- Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work independently;
- Ability to work collaboratively; and
- Spanish speaking attorney preferred.
Commensurate with education and experience.
Senior Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney – New York Office
Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team
1 paralegal and/or interns.
This position may have occasional travel.
Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample and contact information for three professional 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.