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Legal Intern - Summer 2019

Department: Legal Services
Location: New York, NY







Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a national leader in unaccompanied child (UAC) migrant and refugee issues. Launched in 2008, KIND is dedicated to a world in which children’s rights and well-being are protected as they migrate alone in search of safety. Through a proven model and innovative partnerships, KIND staff and our pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings by providing high quality legal services. Together, we ensure that no child stands in court alone.

About the position: KIND's New York field office is looking for a legal intern for Summer 2019 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. We have an intern laptop to use while working with us.


Interested applicants 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 
  •  Passionate about issues affecting unaccompanied immigrant children 
  •  Ability to commit to twelve weeks of interning preferred; minimum commitment of ten weeks required. 

Duties: Legal interns will assist us in the following:

  •  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 and affidavits. 
  •  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. 

To Apply: 

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references, should be submitted online at:

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 is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work.

The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.

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