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. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 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 Fellowship Proposals to commence in 2022 for the following field offices: Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Washington, DC (Falls Church, VA satellite); and Houston, TX. Additionally, KIND’s Family Separation and Special Programs Team is soliciting Fellowship Proposals; fellowship could be in any site where KIND maintains a field office.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Juris doctor anticipated by June 2022; recent law graduate, or experienced attorney seeking to make a career change to public interest work.
- Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with vulnerable populations, including survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma.
- Knowledge of immigration law, including humanitarian immigration claims such as Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas, a plus.
- If proposal involves direct client contact, advanced fluency in Spanish (oral and written) is required.
- Record of cultural responsiveness and cross-cultural communication skills.
Interested applicants must submit an employment application by July 30, 2021 for consideration. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and must include the following:
- Cover letter, including why you are interested in becoming a fellow with KIND, initial thoughts on a proposal, and what interests you about the potential proposal, as well as desired field office sites you are interested in applying to (Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Houston, TX; Family Separation and Special Programs Team). Please be advised that you can apply to more than one site.
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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.
Please apply directly on our site with this link: https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1674590&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025