Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

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.

Jul 09, 2019
KIND seeks a full-time Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in Los Angeles, CA to provide pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners. Pro bono mentorship will include cases for children who have been released from ORR (Office of Refugee Resettlement) custody to caregivers in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. This position includes helping children understand the immigration process, and training volunteer attorneys to represent individual child clients effectively before immigration authorities to obtain relief, such as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, T and/or U visas, and representation before California state courts.       PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES   Based in KIND’s Los Angeles field office, the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 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 other legal services team members; Assist with trainings and presentations; Represent children in immigration removal proceedings, including children eligible for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), T visas or U visas as needed; File all relevant paperwork and applications with government agencies, immigration court, and state courts, where applicable; Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission; Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports; and Participate in conferences, meetings, and trainings as needed; Participate in staff meetings and KIND-wide calls; and Serve as an ambassador of KIND with local coalitions, courts, and agencies.    EDUCATIONAL & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS   JD with two to four years of experience working in immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, U visas and T visas; state court experience in probate, custody, dependency, and/or delinquency is preferred.    REQUIRED SKILLS   Admission to practice law in the state of California; Fluency in Spanish (preferred); Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma; Experience in family law a plus; Experience in direct representation of clients in immigration proceedings, including children or adults in ORR custody or Immigration detention; A strong record of cultural responsiveness and cross-cultural communication skills; An understanding of the private law firm and corporate pro bono culture and the ability to be a well-respected and effective representative of the program to all stakeholders; Mentoring and training experience; 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.    SALARY RANGE     Commensurate with education & experience.     REPORTS TO Senior Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney – Los Angeles     SUPERVISORY  RESPONSIBILITIES   None     WORKING CONDITIONS   Work is generally performed within the office environment but may include attendance at court proceedings in Southern California as well as offsite client meetings.     TRAVEL Travel within great Los Angeles area may be required a few times per year.   TO APPLY   Applications, including a cover letter, resume, salary requirements 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 will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  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.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Los Angeles, CA, USA Legal
Jul 09, 2019
KIND seeks a full-time Social Services Coordinator for its Los Angeles, CA field office, located in downtown Los Angeles. The Social Services Coordinator will be responsible for working with KIND’s child clients and their families to identify needs and gaps in services, and assist families in accessing services related to education, health, mental health, housing, mediation, and child care. The Social Services Coordinator will work with clients living in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and may support clients living in additional geographical areas as needed. The ideal candidate will have experience working with and within immigrant communities in the U.S. and will have working knowledge of the challenges and limitations in accessing public services. In addition to strong linguistic competency and fluency in Spanish and/or other languages, the Social Services Coordinator will have a high level of intercultural responsiveness, sensitivity and awareness; and cross-cultural communication skills.   EDUCATIONAL & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience, in social work, counseling, or related specialty required. MSW preferred. REQUIRED SKILLS Fluency in English and Spanish, spoken and written, required; Two to three years of experience working with children, preferably unaccompanied minors, immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma; Ability to work collaboratively and, preferably, prior experience working with attorneys, law firms, or other legal service providers; A strong record of intercultural responsiveness, sensitivity and awareness, and cross-cultural communication skills; Experience working with a diverse team of social service providers and advocating on behalf of clients; and Familiarity or ability to work with adult immigrant caretakers, or training in trauma-informed parenting.   PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES Responsibilities of the Social Services Coordinator will include, but will not be limited to, the following:   1)    Develop and maintain a knowledge base of social services available to clients in assigned work areas; 2)    Develop relationships with community coalitions in areas of high client concentration; 3)    Establish working relationships and partnerships with local service providers and administrators in each service area to enhance the referral process; 4)    Conduct assessments of referred clients, including the larger context in which the child is living, identifying needs, barriers and safety concerns; 5)    Maintain documentation regarding attempts to access services, and service delivery; 6)    Complete referrals to services, assist families in completing intake requirements for these services and follow up as necessary; 7)      Assist KIND legal staff on working with families in crisis and transition;  8)    Work with other KIND Social Services Coordinators nationally to develop best practices, protocols, and provide training and support on relevant topics for KIND staff; 9)    Conduct trainings to support pro bono attorneys; 10)  Conduct trainings for to community social providers; 11)  Work closely with other legal services providers, law firms, corporations, and law schools in the greater Los Angeles area to identify and support resource-sharing amongst these partner agencies.   SALARY RANGE Commensurate with education and experience. REPORTS TO Managing Attorney – Los Angeles office   RESPONSIBILITIES Interns and volunteers   WORKING CONDITIONS Work is generally performed within the office environment and includes phone and in person contact with clients. TRAVEL This position may require some travel, but not regular travel. TO APPLY Applications, including a cover letter, resume, salary requirements 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 will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 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.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Los Angeles, CA, USA Programs
Jul 09, 2019
KIND seeks a full-time Program Assistant for its Los Angeles field office to accept case referrals, conduct comprehensive intakes and outreach to child clients, manage data entry, prepare a comprehensive set of case documentation, and to be responsible for the overall administrative duties of the office, including database management.  The staff member will have but not be limited to the following responsibilities:  1)      Liaise with colleagues at other nonprofits, as well as individual members of the public, to receive on-line or telephonic referrals and ensure that referrals comply with KIND’s case acceptance criteria; 2)      Schedule and manage all logistics to ensure that an intake interview is timely scheduled; 3)      Interview, screen and conduct a comprehensive intake with each individual child; 4)      Prepare a case summary and comprehensive memorandum for each intake, and assemble a set of case documents for use by the KIND Staff and Pro Bono Attorneys; 5)      Prepare and manage docket lists for upcoming court dates as well as assist and notify children who are still waiting for placement with counsel; and 6)      Assist with office administration and operations, case management, and data entry.   <span "text-decoration:="" underline"="">  Qualifications for the Ideal Candidate 1)      Fluency in Spanish required; 2)      Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma; 3)      Experience conducting screening and intake interviews; 4)      Experience with office organization and management, particularly in legal service settings; 5)      A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills; 6)      Ability to work collaboratively, and preferably, prior experience working with attorneys, law firms, or other legal service providers; 7)      Experience in data management; 8)      Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; and  9)      Experience or familiarity with immigration and/or family law and procedure and immigration authorities.  To Apply Applications should include a cover letter, resume, salary range requirements, writing sample, and three (3) references Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered.  Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.  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. 
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Los Angeles, CA, USA Programs
Jul 09, 2019
KIND seeks a full-time Staff Attorney in Los Angeles, CA to help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners.  This includes helping children to understand the immigration process and training volunteer attorneys to effectively represent individual child clients before immigration authorities and in California family, probate and/or guardianship proceedings.  This attorney will also provide direct representation to unaccompanied immigrant children residing in the Los Angeles area, who are in immigration proceedings, and will represent them in obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, T and/or U visas, and/or other relief as may be appropriate.   Responsibilities of the Staff Attorney will include, but are not limited to, the following: Conduct and/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 other legal services team members; Represent children in immigration removal proceedings, including children eligible for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), T visas or U visas as needed Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission; Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports; and Participate in conferences, meetings, and trainings as needed.   Qualifications : Admission to practice law in the State of California; Three to five years 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; Fluency in Spanish required; 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 cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills; An understanding of the private law firm and corporate pro bono culture and the ability to be a well-respected and effective representative of the program to all stakeholders; Mentoring and training experience; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Excellent professional judgment; Ability to hit the ground running, multi-task, and work independently; and Ability to work collaboratively.   To Apply:   Applications should include a cover letter, resume, salary range requirements, writing sample, and three (3) references. Applications that do not contain all 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. 
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Los Angeles, CA, USA Legal