Overview: KIND seeks a Part-time Staff Attorney in Washington, D.C. to help provide, develop, and oversee pro bono legal representation of unaccompanied children living in the District of Columbia through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners. This includes providing ongoing mentoring and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys handling children’s cases and training volunteer attorneys to effectively represent individual child clients before immigration authorities and in D.C. family court proceedings. This role will also include direct representation of unaccompanied immigrant children residing in D.C. in applications for immigration relief through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and in removal proceedings before the Arlington Immigration Court. The position is for 24 part-time hours per week.
Responsibilities of the Staff Attorney will include, but are not limited to, the following:
Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to pro bono attorneys providing unaccompanied children full scope immigration representation and representation in related family law matters;
Conduct outreach and know-your-rights presentations to the D.C. community as appropriate;
Develop and maintain updated guidance materials, sample filings, and legal training presentations;
Foster KIND’s relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the other legal services team members;
Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports;
Represent children in seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) findings from D.C. family court, or other forms of humanitarian immigration relief including asylum, T visas or U visas as needed.
Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission; and
Participate in conferences, meetings, and trainings as needed.
Educational & Experience Requirements
This position requires at least one year of experience practicing immigration law in a professional or volunteer capacity, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas or T visas. Applicants who have Spanish fluency and experience working with children, preferably immigrants or refugees, or with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma are strongly preferred.
Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia. Applicants must demonstrate excellent communication, collaboration, and professional judgment skills.