Senior Paralegal - New York

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

About the organization

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


• Oversee the overall programmatic function of the field office paralegal program
• Onboard, train and supervise paralegals, including: conducting initial and ongoing trainings for paralegal staff; troubleshooting, reviewing and providing quality assurance of referrals, filings, and pleadings; providing daily support and coaching, and conducting regular check-ins and performance evaluations; and providing consistent and effective supervision to ensure the provision of consistent, high-quality paralegal support to the legal team
• Work with a team of paralegals, under attorney supervision, to screen unaccompanied children in immigration detention for immigration relief and provide legal orientations to such children
• Conduct prompt and accurate data entry regarding each child on your docket.
• Make necessary referrals to legal service providers depending on the location to which the child is released.
• Provide support to attorneys, including conducting legal research; filling out immigration benefit and other standard forms; drafting affidavits and basic motions; assisting with hearing and interview preparation; maintaining case files and data entry in case management database; and other tasks as needed


• Undergraduate degree
• Advanced Fluency in Spanish (oral and written)
• Preferably, a minimum of four (4) years’ experience in humanitarian-based immigration work, including conducting intakes, assessing legal claims, and assisting attorneys on legal applications to obtain immigration benefits
• Preferably, a minimum of two (2) years’ experience working independently on projects and/or programs, demonstrating initiative and willingness to learn and contribute thought leadership and innovative strategies to the work
• Preferably, at least two (2) years’ experience interviewing children, preferably in the humanitarian immigration or refugee context
• A minimum of two (2) years’ experience preparing and delivering presentations on legal and know-your-rights information to immigrant audiences, preferably families and children
• Proven ability to supervise or coach and guide others on programs and/or projects
• Excellent organizational and 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 thrive in a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities
• Ability to work within an office environment, have regular interaction via telephone, teleconference, IM and email with KIND’s team and have in-person meetings with clients



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