This Month I Began My Internship With The Nonprofit Organization

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This month I began my internship with the nonprofit organization Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). KIND was founded by Angelina Jolie and Brad Smith from Microsoft in order to provide legal services for undocumented children. The organization is primarily funded by donated legal services, the government, block grants and various fundraising events. KIND has its headquarters in Washington, DC, however the organization has ten field offices from coast to coast to better represent children dispersed all throughout the nation. I work in the Newark field office, with Carrey Wong as the supervising attorney for all pro bono programs. Carrey oversees everyone in the office (including me) and helps the pro-bono coordinating attorneys meet their …show more content…

In the process of all of this, the majority of these undocumented children file for reunification, which allows them to reunite with a family member who lives in the United States, and if referred to our office, within the four counties we practice in.
The undocumented children that cross the United States border are formally known as Unaccompanied Alien Children, or UAC’s. To qualify as a UAC, a child must not have any immigrant status at entry, must be under the age of 18 and must have crossed the border without a legal guardian. Most UAC’S are between the ages of 4 and 17, and the majority are native Spanish speakers. 95% of these children come from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, which are Central American countries currently facing immense poverty, gang violence and a number of other dangers. These children come here seeking security and a better life; however, these children and often their sponsors that are living in the US do not realize that a green card isn’t just handed to a child who crosses the border. Once detained at the border, children are placed in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, where they are placed in shelters and screened in order to find the motive for crossing the border. These children are then placed into removal proceedings, and often cannot understand the process and are left unrepresented in a full on lawsuit. As a result, these children are forced back to their countries despite their

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