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Summer Legal Intern

Department: Legal Programs
Location: San Francisco, CA

About KIND

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 childís rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has accepted the referrals of over 20,000 children who require high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by welcoming 41,000 attendees at trainings for attorneys, other legal staff, and community partners as well as cultivating partnerships with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

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 Description:

KIND's San Francisco office is looking for a legal intern to assist us in providing pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children in immigration court proceedings. The position will be unpaid, but we are happy to assist you with externship credit, work study, or securing funding from external sources. The position will be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The intern will primarily work with KINDís team located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and there will also be frequent communication and interaction with staff in Fresno, California. Interns are expected to commit to twelve (12) weeks (preferred); minimum commitment of ten (10) weeks required.

Essential Functions:

  • Legal Screening: Assist with the initial screening of unaccompanied minor children; communicate with child clients, adult sponsors, and other agencies; and draft case referral memos.
  • Legal Research: Research current trends in immigration law and family law, country conditions, and other federal laws to assist in case preparation. Assisting with motions, affidavits, briefs, and memoranda of law.
  • Case Management: Update case summaries, track important court dates and deadlines, process referrals and communicate with clients.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in a JD or LLM program.
  • Fluency in Spanish & English strongly preferred.
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail; cultural responsiveness and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Experience in immigration and family law strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with children and survivors of trauma preferred.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team.
Application Instructions:

Please be advised that a resume, cover letter and writing sample will need to be submitted along with your application in order to be considered for the desired role. Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please no inquiries or phone calls.  

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. 

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