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-Research Internship, Gender and Child Migration Initiative (bilingual English-Spanish), DC, USA

Research Internship, Gender and Child Migration Initiative (bilingual English-Spanish)
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

USA – Washington, DC
Department: Regional Policy & Initiatives

Description – 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 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 2017 semester. The intern will work remotely and will report to KIND’s Gender and Migration Initiatives Director. 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.


  • 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
  • Other research tasks as necessary
  • The intern will have the opportunity to identify and undertake additional research activities, based on her or his time and interests


  • 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)

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Please submit a resume and cover letter including a description of relevant experience online at:

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Posted on 23 September 2017
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