Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also assists children who are returning to their home countries through deportation or voluntary departure to do so safely and to reintegrate into their home communities. In addition, we work to ensure the voices of these children are heard and we help them become their own advocates. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.
KIND’s Newark office is seeking legal interns to assist KIND’s Newark office with in-house (direct) and pro bono (volunteer) legal representation of unaccompanied children. Duties may include:
Supporting the representation of unaccompanied children: prepare merits filings for unaccompanied children (direct representation) under the supervision of KIND attorneys, including asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions and State Court filings; prepare for hearings and interviews.
Legal Screening: Assist with the initial screening of unaccompanied minor children, conduct communication with child clients, adult sponsors, and other agencies, including making psycho-social and other referrals as needed.
Legal Research: Research current trends in immigration law and family law, country conditions, and other federal laws to assist in case preparation.
Case Management: Update case summaries, track important court dates and deadlines, process referrals and communicate with clients.
Develop Sample Litigation Materials: assist with the preparation of sample litigation materials, training materials, pro bono guides and practice advisories, for use throughout New Jersey and nationally.
Enrolled in or graduate from an accredited Juris Doctor or LLM program.
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 and torture preferred.
Ability to work independently on legal research and writing.
Professional fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.
Passionate about issues affecting unaccompanied immigrant children.
Must be able to use own laptop during the internship.
Ability to commit to twelve weeks of full time interning preferred; minimum commitment of ten weeks required. Part-time legal interns must commit at least 10-12 hours a week for the Fall or Spring semester.
KIND’s Newark office is located in Roseland, New Jersey. The office is accessible via public transportation, though access by car is generally easiest. This internship is unpaid.
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample and references through the jobs/internships section of the KIND website at www.supportkind.org/jobs.
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and will be considered on a rolling basis until the internship 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.