Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)- QLSP

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. KIND is dedicated to providing both pro bono representation and positive systemic changes in law and policy to benefit unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has ten field offices across the country.

KIND strives to provide quality and compassionate legal counsel to these children, through in-house direct representation and placement with pro bono attorneys. There are many ways in which interested attorneys, recent law graduates, law students, legal assistants, paralegals and interpreters may participate: (1) volunteer attorneys represent a case before the immigration court or on appeal before the Board of Immigration Appeals; (2) recent law school graduates, law students, legal assistants, and paralegals, under attorney supervision, help complete applications, develop supporting documentation and legal memoranda, and prepare applicants to testify at their hearings; (3) experienced immigration attorneys present training seminars and serve as mentors to KIND volunteers; and (4) interpreters and translators assist with bridging the language gap between clients and attorneys and paralegals representing clients before the immigration court. KIND provides training and mentorship for its volunteers and also has liability insurance coverage at no cost to volunteer attorneys working on cases.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston
  • Area of law: Family & Juvenile, Immigration & Naturalization
  • Populations Served: Asylum Seekers, Human Trafficking Survivors, Immigrant youth and unaccompanied minors, Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Interpreters, Law school clinic, Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Paralegals, Small and medium law firm attorneys
  • Need for non-English services: Spanish, Mam, K'iche/Qui'che, Kanjobal, Ixil
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • Training / Supervision Comments: If you volunteer for one of KIND's cases, we will assign a KIND Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney for the duration of your case and provide training opportunities, guidance on strategy, practice tips, samples, and feedback on filings. Webinars and other training materials available.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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