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30 Aug 2021

Temporary Paralegal

OScislowicz El Paso, Texas, United States

Job Description

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.

Position Summary:

KIND seeks several paralegals who will be responsible for supporting KIND’s delivery of legal services to children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement and placed at the Ft. Bliss Emergency Intake Site in El Paso, TX, through a range of case support tasks in coordination with our attorneys. Paralegals are responsible for conducting know-your-rights orientations, legal screenings and/or individual case consultations, legal referrals, and supporting overall program operations including data maintenance, scheduling, and other related duties.

This is a temporary position with a duration of up to four months.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct group Know Your Rights (KYR) presentations to children at the Ft. Bliss Emergency Intake Site.
  • Working within a team and under attorney supervision, provide individual case consultations and/or legal screenings to children.
  • Conduct data entry and tracking and assist with coordination and scheduling of KYRs and individual consults or screenings.
  • Prepare legal referrals for released children.
  • Identify and elevate children’s case needs based on particular vulnerabilities and/or legal or social services case needs.
  • Support overall team operations and logistics with administrative tasks and special projects, as needed.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • 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.

Benefits:

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!

How to Apply

Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. Please apply directly on our site at this link: https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1721849&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025 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.

Job Types: Temporary.

Job expires in 25 days.

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