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Paralegal

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Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Legal Staff

Date Last Verified

Oct 14, 2021

Valid Through

Jan 27, 2022

Posted on

Sep 29, 2021

Years of Experience

Min 1 yrs required

Location

El Paso, TX, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
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Paralegal
The candidate provides legal, administrative, operations, and program support to the Staff Attorneys and Supervising Attorney for the UNHCR project sub-team of Mexico’s legal programs team. Helps build relationships with civil society partners and government contacts, in order to identify and access children and families in need of services in shelters in Northern Mexico. Helps conduct know-your-rights presentations to children and families in shelters, as needed. Helps create child-friendly guidance documents and presentations to inform children and families of their rights. Communicates with children and families referred for services. Conducts intake meetings with children and families identified in need of services. Helps prepare and orient children and families for interviews with government officials. Maintains streamlined systems and processes for tracking and managing data related to case referrals, in collaboration with the team and colleagues at UNHCR or other agencies. Helps prepare documents, forms, and case files for children and families assisted through the program. Assists attorneys with case preparation, including drafting declarations or country conditions research. As needed, coordinates logistics for and orients groups of legal services staff and pro bono volunteers deployed on a temporary basis to Mexico to assist in carrying out the functions of the project. Ensures timely and efficient referrals to other legal service providers or field offices and transmits relevant case files and documents. Uses case management database to create, run and modify metrics reports and case audits to support the team and report back to UNHCR and/or other internal or external stakeholders or funders. Assists with editing and/or translating Spanish language documents. Collaborates with the Social Services team and other social services networks to support children in need of non-legal services. In collaboration with the Supervising Attorney, oversees the disbursement and tracking of client emergency assistance funds, and ensures accurate reporting back to partners. Assists the team with tracking and coding expenses, budget tracking, and other administrative duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have 1+ years of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with migrant populations, survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma. Advanced Spanish and English fluency (written and oral) are required. Should have the ability to work collaboratively, and preferably, prior experience working with attorneys, law firms, or other legal service providers, demonstrated record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills; professional experience in Latin America is preferred. Experience or familiarity with immigration and/or family law and immigration authorities are preferred. Should have proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Microsoft Excel (reporting features a plus), Outlook, Skype/Teams and Word, experience and facility with numbers, data management and databases, excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; excellent written and oral communication skills, and experience with facilitating and conducting presentations, ability to handle discreet, sensitive, and confidential information appropriately and exercise judgment in a fast-paced environment. Should have the ability to work within an office environment, have regular interaction via telephone, video, and email with the national team and have regular interaction with partners and stakeholders on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Work may regularly need to be performed at locations other than the office, such as at migrant shelters or other sites. Additional travel may also be required for conferences, retreats, or other professional development opportunities within the U.S. or Mexico.

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Hiring Coordinator
KIND (Kids In Need of Defense)
1331 G Street NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005

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