Current job opportunities are posted here as they become
Subscribe to our RSS feeds to receive instant updates as new
positions become available.
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
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
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 Staff Attorney 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. As needed, the Staff
Attorney will supervise Senior Paralegals, Paralegals, interns,
and/or other non-attorney staff.
If applying remotely, please note willingness to relocate in
your cover letter, as admittance to California bar and travel is
Based on caseloads and experience, funding streams, and
institutional priorities, perform hybrid mentoring and direct legal
representation functions, including providing robust consultation
and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted a
KIND case as well as providing zealous legal advocacy to KIND’s
clients in direct representation cases. Percentage of mentoring and
direct representation caseloads will be determined by management in
the Legal Services component;
Perform ordinary functions of legal counsel providing direct
representation, including: legal research and formulating the legal
strategy for the case; conducting client interviews; appearing
before immigration and/or state court or agencies; and drafting and
filing court pleadings and applications for benefits;
Place cases with pro bono attorneys and build relationships
between KIND and the pro bono community;
In coordination with KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance
Team and the local field office Senior Attorney/s, as needed, help
develop pro bono training resources and local training curriculum,
including sample filings and guidance packets. With supervision,
present trainings to pro bono attorneys and community groups;
Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into
KIND’s case management systems;
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
As needed, supervise Senior Paralegals, Paralegals, interns,
and/or other non-legal staff including: onboarding, skills
training, daily support and coaching, review and quality assurance
of filings, regular check-ins and performance evaluations, and
provision of consistent and effective supervision and
Qualifications and Requirements:
Juris Doctor and admittance to California bar required.
Fluency in Spanish (oral and written) required.
At least one (1) year 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.
A minimum of one (1) year experience working with children,
preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working
with vulnerable populations, survivors of abuse, human trafficking,
or other trauma.
Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively
both orally and in writing.
Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work
If majority of caseload is working directly with pro bono
attorneys, minimum 1 year experience working with law firm
attorneys and/or other legal volunteers required.
Ability to travel in-person to courts, as required.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Ability to work within an office environment and have regular
interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with
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