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KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND)
Research Internship, Gender and Child Migration Initiative (bilingual English-Spanish)
Remote Internship
Fall 2018
About KIND:
KIND was founded by the Microsoft Corporation and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, and is the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone. We do this in partnership with over 531 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations has served more than 16,386 children since 2009, and trained over 26,018 private sector attorneys to provide them with high quality representation in their deportation proceedings. KIND promotes protection of children in countries of origin and transit countries and works to address the root causes of child migration from Central America. KIND also advocates to change law, policy, and practices to improve the protection of unaccompanied children in the United States, by educating policymakers, the media, and the broader public about the violence that is driving children out of Central America and their need for protection.
About KIND’s Gender and Child Migration Initiative:
KIND’s Gender and Child Migration Initiative focuses on preventing and addressing sexual and gender-based violence against migrant children through research, programming, and advocacy.
About the Internship:
The intern will work 10- 15 hours/week during the fall 2018 semester. The intern will work remotely and will report to KIND’s Director of Gender and Migration Initiatives. The intern’s schedule will be flexible, but she or he should be available for a weekly check-in call during regular office hours (Eastern time). This internship is unpaid.
Responsibilities:
Revise and update resources for attorneys representing child clients who are survivors of SGBV. This will include review of legal codes and other documents in Spanish and communication with experts in Central America and Mexico
Identify recently published research on SGBV in both English and Spanish and synthesize findings for attorneys and advocates
Research existing programming and best practices for SGBV prevention programming for immigrant and refugee youth
Other research tasks as necessary
Requirements:
Intern should be highly independent, self-motivated, and resourceful
Enrolled or graduated from an accredited undergraduate program, some graduate training preferred
Bi-lingual English-Spanish - Intern should be able to communicate proficiently in Spanish, both in speaking and writing
Research experience, including experience using primary sources in English and Spanish; experience with and/or interest in legal and policy research preferred
Demonstrated interest in issues related to gender, sexual and gender-based violence, migration, and/or children and youth (can be demonstrated through employment, academic, or volunteer work)
To Apply
Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references, should be submitted online at: ****Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials 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. Please no inquiries or phone calls.
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.

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