KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND)
PRO BONO COORDINATING ATTORNEY
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Background: 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.
Position Purpose: KIND seeks a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in KIND’s Newark field office, located in Roseland, New Jersey, to help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of high-quality pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms, corporate partners, and law schools. The Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will recruit, train, and advise volunteer firm and corporate attorneys to ensure effective pro bono representation of individual child clients before immigration and state courts, and immigration agencies and also conduct outreach to law firms, corporate partners and other organizations throughout New Jersey. The Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will also carry a small caseload of direct representation matters, providing legal assistance to unaccompanied children in immigration removal proceedings, including children eligible for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), U visas, or T visas. As needed, the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will supervise interns and/or other non-attorney staff.
Responsibilities of the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Recruit, train, and provide robust consultation and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys providing unaccompanied children full scope immigration representation and representation in related family law matters;
- In coordination with KIND’s Newark field office supervisors, as needed, help develop pro bono training resources and local training curriculum, including sample filings and guidance packets;
- Assist with and present trainings to pro bono attorneys and community groups;
- Foster KIND’s relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the other legal services team members;
- Directly represent a small number of clients, including communicating regularly with them and their caretakers; preparing declarations, briefs, motions, and immigration forms; and appearing for master calendar hearings, asylum interviews, and certain family court hearings;
- Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into KIND’s case management systems;
- Assist in office operations and contribute to overall office functioning, including joining field office and KIND-wide calls and meetings, participating in field office and KIND-wide committees, and assisting with office events;
- Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission; and
- Participate in conferences, meetings, and trainings as needed.
- J.D. and admission to practice law preferably in New Jersey;
- At least two years of experience practicing immigration law in a professional or volunteer capacity, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas;
- 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 working in a culturally responsive manner and with cross-cultural communication skills;
- Advanced fluency in Spanish preferred;
- 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.
Senior Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney
Possibly, paralegals, program assistants, interns, and/or other non-attorney staff.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
- Ability to work collegially and professionally within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team;
Applications, including a cover letter, resume, 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.