Monday, January 4, 2016

Spring and Summer Internships with KIND

About KIND: Thousands of children come to the United States each year without a parent or legal guardian. Children placed in immigration court removal proceedings most often face court alone – without a lawyer. Many of these children have been victims of abuse, abandonment, neglect, human trafficking or persecution—but need a lawyer to help them present their case in court to obtain relief from deportation and to navigate the complexities of the U.S. legal system. KIND’s mission is to find pro bono counsel for these children.
About the position: KIND’s Baltimore office is seeking interns to assist KIND’s Baltimore office in developing, maintaining, and overseeing the in-house and pro bono legal representation of unaccompanied children.  Duties may include:
  • Assisting with In-House Direct Representation: Assist in the preparation of cases represented in house by KIND staff, including asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions and State Court filings.
  • Legal Screening: Assist with the initial screening of unaccompanied minor children, conduct communication with child clients, adult sponsor, and other agencies.
  • Research: Research country conditions and psycho-social services to support case work and clients.
  • Case Management: Update case summaries, track important court dates and deadlines, process referrals and communicate with clients.
Requirements:
  • Enrolled or graduated from accredited undergraduate program.
  • Professional fluency in Spanish preferred, though not required.
  • Must be able to use own laptop during the internship.
  • Experience and interest in working with children, immigrant communities and/or victims of trauma preferred.
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail.
KIND is seeking candidates for both full- and part-time internships for Spring and Summer 2016, or non-semester schedules beginning in January 2016. For part-time internships, a minimum of 8 hours per week is required, though a commitment of 16-20 hours is preferred.  Interns are required to commit a minimum of 10 weeks, though a commitment of 12 weeks or longer is preferred.  This internship is unpaid.
Please send a resume, cover letter and references to Jennifer E. Jaimes, Esq., KIND’s Baltimore Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs, at jjaimes@supportkind.orgApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis.