KIND Inc. Senior Attorney in New York, New York
Department: Legal Services
Location: New York, NY
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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 over 19,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys 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 Senior Attorney to provide senior-level expertise and leadership in the provision of legal services by KIND attorneys and pro bono partners to unaccompanied children facing removal proceedings. This role serves as a thoughtful leader and expert advisor on complex and novel legal issues for internal and external stakeholders. The position helps oversee KIND-s pro bono program which trains and advises volunteer firm and corporate attorneys to ensure effective pro bono representation of individual child clients before immigration and state courts, and immigration agencies. S/he will also handle a small number of direct representation matters and oversee a team of three attorneys and three paralegals in their provision of the direct and pro bono legal services to KIND clients.
Provide leadership to KIND-New York-s released representation program for unaccompanied children who have been released from ORR custody.
Help oversee KIND-New York-s work with our network of pro bono law firms and corporate partners, which trains and provides robust legal technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who represent unaccompanied children in immigration matters and related family law matters.
Lead the development of 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.
Supervise three attorneys, each of whom both directly represent unaccompanied children and also provide legal technical assistance to pro bono attorneys.
Manage a small number of direct representation cases.
Oversee a team that includes three attorneys and two paralegals.
Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into KIND-s case management systems.
Collaborate with KIND-New York-s Managing Attorney and the office-s other senior attorneys to determine and implement in-house training needs.
Represent KIND at local coalitions, courts, and agencies.
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.
Qualifications and Requirements:
J.D. and admission to New York bar required.
Minimum 5 years- 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 3 years- experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma.
Minimum 2 years- experience working in a legal setting. Minimum 1 years- experience supervising legal staff.
An understanding of the private law firm and corporate pro bono culture.
Limited travel may be needed for conferences, retreats, or other professional development opportunities.
Advanced fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.
Family law experience a plus; strong record of working in a culturally responsive manner and with 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.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
- Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team.
Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume, cover letter and writing sample, in order to be considered for the desired role.
KIND has an organization wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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