KIND seeks a Paralegal for a 2-2.5 month contract (with the possibility of extension) who will be responsible for supporting KIND’s delivery of legal services through a range of case support tasks in coordination with our attorneys. Paralegals are responsible for conducting client intakes, legal research, preparation of immigration forms, drafting affidavits, maintaining files and data, hearing preparation, social services referrals, and other related duties.
The resumption of lawful processing of unaccompanied minors at the southern border has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of children coming into U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody. Paralegals will provide in-person support at the border to unaccompanied children in USBP and ORR custody.
KIND is seeking Paralegals for the following sites:
El Paso, TX
San Diego, CA
Please specify in your application which location you are applying to.
At KIND we value every employee and the vital role they play in carrying out our mission to protect unaccompanied children on the move. Each employee hired as part of the ORR Project will be eligible for:
Up to $2,000 in relocation expenses
Up to 5 paid days in hotel
Paid roundtrip flight
Two medical insurance plans with 100% employer-paid options for medical, dental and vision (Eligible on day of hire)
And lots more!
1+ years’ experience working with at-risk youth, immigrants, refugees, and/or vulnerable populations
Advanced fluency in Spanish language
Excellent organizational, time management skills, and attention to detail
Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills
Ability to work collaboratively with multiple attorneys and non-attorney colleagues
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing
Ability to adapt to a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities
Experience conducting legal intakes or interviewing children preferred
Experience working in an office setting preferred
Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About KIND (Kids in Need of Defense)
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 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 the 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.