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Fall Legal Intern

Department: Legal Programs
Location: Newark, NJ

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 for the Fall semester of 2021 to assist in providing pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children in immigration court proceedings. Please note a commitment of twelve weeks is preferred, while a minimum commitment of ten weeks is required for the internship. This internship is unpaid but may be pursued for academic credit. We are happy to assist with work study and funding from external sources is welcomed. A laptop will be provided for this role.

Essential Functions:

  • Supporting the representation of unaccompanied children: Prepare legal filings for unaccompanied children (direct representation) under the supervision of KIND attorneys, including asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions and state court filings and work card applications; prepare for hearings and interviews.
  • 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.
  • Develop Sample Materials: Assist in preparing sample USCIS and immigration court filings, training materials, pro bono guides and practice advisories.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited JD or LLM program.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English (oral and written).
  • 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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