Staff Attorney - Washington

Company: Kids In Need Of Defense (KIND)
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Location: Washington, USA
Allows working from home: Yes
JOB DESCRIPTION
Requirements:
J.D. And admitted to state bar.

Advanced fluency in the Spanish language.

Minimum of 1 year of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients both in and outside the United States in humanitarian immigration claims such as humanitarian parole or other programs such as CAM, asylum or refugee proceedings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas.

Experience working with children or adolescents, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with vulnerable populations, survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma.

Experience with unaccompanied children and ability to represent and counsel client with culturally sensitive and trauma informed approach.

Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing.

Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work independently.

Experience living or working in Central America is preferred.
Responsibilities:
Work with the Director of Legal Protection and the Supervising Attorney to develop case acceptance criteria.

Conduct individual legal screenings and accept cases consistent with acceptance criteria, consulting with Director of Legal Protection and Supervising Attorney on more complex cases.

Counsel clients on the CAM process and provide updates on case processing.

Regularly meet with clients and other individuals relevant to the child's claim to gain trust and gather information relevant to potential bases of refugee claim.

Conduct case analysis including evaluation of the child's refugee claim and bars to
eligibility, conducting legal research as needed.

Gather relevant evidence to support the claim and/or support child or family to gather evidence to support the claim.

Prepare declarations from child and/or other relevant actors, supporting evidence and legal memoranda on an as needed basis.

Prepare children for refugee interview and, if permitted, represent children at the interview (remotely or in person).

Seek case updates from USCIS and/or the International Organization for Migration (IOM), other actors involved in decision making and/or processing the case.

File requests for re-interview or for reconsideration (appeals) as needed.

Support children through the travel process, including making local referrals for assistance seeking travel documents and authorizations as needed and coordinating with family in the U.S.

Identify and make referrals for high-risk protection cases requiring expedited processing and short-term protection solutions in country.

In coordination with US-based KIND staff, recruit, train and mentor pro bono attorneys and other volunteers to provide representation and other case support as needed.

Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into KINDs case management systems, and provide quantitative and qualitative information as needed to support project reporting requirements and other functions.


JOB TYPE
Work Day: Full Time
Employment type: Temporary Job
Salary: Negotiable
Positions available: 1


JOB REQUIREMENTS
Minimal experience: Unspecified
Gender: Indistinct



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