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Summer Legal Intern

Department: Legal Programs
Location: Baltimore, MD

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 child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has provided nearly 18,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and legal staff and cultivating partnerships with over 600 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 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 Summary:

KIND seeks a legal intern to assist our Baltimore office in developing, maintaining, and overseeing the in-house and pro bono legal representation of unaccompanied children. We are seeking part-time and full-time candidates for a remote internship during the Summer 2021 semester. A minimum of 8 hours per week is required, though a commitment of 16-20 hours is preferred. Interns are required to commit a minimum of 10 weeks, though a commitment of 12 weeks or longer is preferred. This internship is unpaid but may be pursued for academic credit.

Essential Functions:

  • Legal Screening: Assist with screening unaccompanied minor children, including liaising with referring legal service providers, scheduling and communicating with the child client and adult sponsor, drafting the post-intake case summary, and presenting the case summary to KIND staff to assess for legal relief.
  • Preparation of Filings: Help draft and edit filings for clients represented in house by KIND staff, including asylum applications, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions, and state court filings.
  • Case Management: Update case summaries, track important court dates and deadlines, process referrals, and communicate with clients.
  • Research: Research country conditions and psycho-social services to support case work and clients.
  • Community Outreach: Assist with community outreach initiatives such as Know Your Rights presentations and resource fairs.
  • Programmatic Support: Complete special projects for KIND attorneys and staff, as needed.
  • Meetings: Attend weekly virtual staff meetings, legal trainings, and presentations, if available.
  • Translation and Interpretation: If fluent in Spanish, assist with phone calls to clients, interpreting for client meetings, and translating documents.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited JD or LLM program.
  • Fluency in Spanish, preferred.
  • Exceptional academic credentials, strong writing skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience in immigration and family law strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with children and survivors of trauma preferred.
  • Must be passionate about issues affecting unaccompanied immigrant children.
  • 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 an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role.

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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