Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)
In the United States, children do not have a right to free counsel in deportation proceedings in immigration court. KIND works with pro bono attorneys from law firms throughout New York to represent undocumented children in deportation and other immigration matters.
Students who are interested in volunteering with KIND can sign up to receive research and other assignments from both solo practitioners and law firm attorneys, and from KIND’s office in Midtown. Most students will receive assignments as they are needed for different cases, rather than staying with the same case from beginning to end. This helps ensure that participating students will receive work that is meaningful and can coordinate the work with their availability. Assignments are made available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Additionally, there may be some opportunities for students who are fluent in Spanish to screen children for eligibility for relief at the immigration court’s “surge” docket; children who would otherwise be rushed through the system without safeguards or attorneys to protect their rights. The so-called surge docket refers to the Department of Justice’s 2014 program to expedite removal proceedings for Central American children and families.
For more information, please contact Catherine Lillith Urbanelli (firstname.lastname@example.org).