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Paralegal | Unaccompanied Children's Program | Detained Services

Our organization is seeking a compassionate and motivated individual to join our team as a paralegal with a focus on the administration of services for detained children. In this position, you will work closely with Asylum Clinic KC attorneys and staff to help provide excellent legal services to detained children in removal proceedings who are seeking legal status in the United States. While this is a collaborative team environment, the Paralegal in this position will primarily involve administrative tasks related to managing and coordinating legal services for detained children. While prior immigration or experience working with detained children is not required, we are looking for someone who is eager to learn and grow within the role.

We will provide training for the various legal aspects of the job to help the person build their knowledge and skill level. If you have Spanish-language skills, a passion for helping others, and are committed to making a difference in people's lives, we encourage you to apply for this rewarding opportunity.

Key Responsibilities
(Training Provided)
  • Preparing for and conducting weekly Know Your Rights presentations and legal screenings for children detained in a shelter in Topeka, Kansas;

  • Handle administrative tasks such as data entry, mailing duties, invoicing, managing spreadsheets, etc.;

  • Provide support to the team by communicating with caseworkers, partners, and service providers;

  • Screening incoming calls and messages from potential clinic clients;

  • Coordinating case flow, client communications, and maintaining all deadlines for current clients;

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records for all detained children and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.


  • Fluent in both Spanish and English (conversational Spanish at minimum)

  • Passionate about immigration-related advocacy and trauma-informed advocacy with children

  • Highly organized with excellent multitasking abilities, attention to detail, and ability to manage overlapping deadlines and priorities

  • Capable of learning quickly, meeting quick deadlines under pressure, and handling confidential information discreetly

  • Proficient in basic word processing, data entry, and computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel spreadsheets, and Adobe;

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team

  • Flexible, punctual, and responsible

  • Possess a valid driver’s license/insurance and willing to travel to Topeka, Kansas once a week

  • Able to pass federal and state background checks.

  • Prior experience with immigration law or work with unaccompanied children not required – training provided for all tasks.

Hours, Compensation, & Benefits

This is an in-person position located at our office in Kansas City, Missouri. The work schedule is Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm, with one travel day required every Thursday for our trip to Topeka to provide Know Your Rights presentations to immigrant youth.


Our organization is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive work environment where everyone can thrive. We are excited to welcome a talented and dedicated individual to join our team.


The compensation for this position is negotiable (starting at $22-$25/hr) and will be based on the candidate's experience. We offer a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, which includes:

  • Three weeks of paid time off (PTO)

  • 100% employer-paid health and vision insurance

  • Medical benefits, including health savings accounts

  • A Simple IRA retirement plan with employer matching

About Us

The Asylum Clinic Kansas City is a small but rapidly growing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing comprehensive immigration legal services to immigrants in our community. Despite our small size, we manage a large caseload and work collaboratively to navigate the ever-changing policies of the immigration system, which greatly affects our day-to-day work. To ensure that we continue to fulfill our mission of providing excellent legal services, our team works closely together to overcome challenges presented by immigration policy and achieve our client goals.

        Our organization was founded with a commitment to uphold the rights and dignity of all immigrants, regardless of their background or circumstances. We believe that every person deserves access to high-quality legal representation and comprehensive support services, particularly those who have fled their home countries due to violence, persecution, or other forms of hardship. At ACKC, we are proud to be a trusted and respected resource for immigrants and their families. We are committed to fighting for their rights and providing them with the tools and resources they need to build a brighter future.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to Please use the subject line "Paralegal, Detained Services - [Your Name]" when submitting your application.


In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in this position and how your experience and qualifications align with the requirements of the role. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


Thank you for your interest in joining our team!

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