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Undergraduate 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's Newark office seeks an intern to assist with in-house (direct) and pro bono (volunteer) legal representation of unaccompanied children. 

Essential Functions:

  • Legal Screening: Assist with the initial screening of unaccompanied minor children, conduct communication with child clients, adult sponsors, and other agencies.
  • Legal Research: Research current trends in immigration law and family law, country conditions, and other federal laws to assist in case preparation.
  • Interpretation and Translation: Assist KIND attorneys in interpretation at client meetings as well as USCIS interviews; perform translation assignments for a variety of documents related to client work.
  • Case Management: Update case summaries, track important court dates and deadlines, process referrals and communicate with clients.
  • Develop Sample Materials: assist with the preparation of training materials, pro bono guides and practice advisories for use throughout New Jersey and nationally.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Enrolled or graduated from accredited undergraduate program;
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail;
  • Experience and interest in working with children, immigrant communities and/or victims of trauma preferred;
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken Spanish required;
  • Ability to commit to full days for 12 weeks during the Spring 2022 semester
  • KIND will provide intern with laptop for the duration of the internship;
  • This internship is unpaid, but KIND is happy to support school credit, work study and stipends that interns can seek through their academic institutions.

KIND requires all staff be COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter online. Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. 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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