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.
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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