Description:
About the position: KIND’s Newark office is seeking summer 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.

Requirements:
  • Enrolled in 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.
  • 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 eleven weeks required. Interns are offered the option of telecommuting one day a week.

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. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. KIND’s Newark office also accepts applicants for the summer through the NYU PILC fair in February and the Rutgers Maida Program.

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