Fall and Spring Semester Legal Internship (Full or Part Time, Legal)
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) – Newark Office
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.
About the position:
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, including asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions and State Court filings, for unaccompanied children (direct representation) under the supervision of KIND attorneys; 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.
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 https://supportkind.org/internships-volunteers/.
Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.