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 over 19,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys 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.
KIND’s Boston office seeks a Legal intern for the Fall semester of 2020 to assist in providing pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children in immigration court proceedings. The internship unpaid, however, we are happy to assist with externship credit, work-study, or securing funding from external sources. Additionally, a laptop will be provided for this position.
- 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.
Qualification and Requirements:
- Currently enrolled in an accredited JD or LLM program.
- Fluency in Spanish and English.
- 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 commit twelve weeks of interning preferred; minimum commitment of ten weeks required. [Part-time legal interns must commit at least 10-12 hours a week for the Fall/Spring semester]
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
- Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team.
Please be advised that a resume, cover letter, writing sample and three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role. Applications that do not contain the required documents 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.
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.