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ORGANIZATION: Mommy's Heart, Inc.

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Mommy's Heart is seeking a dedicated and passionate law school student to join our team as a Legal Intern. This internship offers a unique opportunity to gain
hands-on experience in the legal field while making a meaningful impact on the lives of
abuse survivors. As a Legal Intern, you will work closely with our legal team to provide vital
support to survivors and contribute to the ongoing efforts to combat retaliatory lawfare.

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About Mommy's Heart, Inc.

Location:

930 Fifth Avenue, 4H, New York, NY 10021, US

Mission Statement

Mommy’s Heart, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, which provides free legal representation and mental health services to fit mothers and children, who have been subjected to intimate partner violence and have been victimized by the abuses and civil rights violations of the family court system.

Description

The family court system lacks essential domestic violence training and disproportionately favors men over women, allowing alleged abusers to weaponize the court system and use the child as a pawn to perpetuate the torture of their ex partner, who is often punished for speaking out about the abuse. In a 2019 study conducted by George Washington University Law school professor Joan S. Meier, mothers, who reported child abuse, lost custody of their children to their abusers 30 to 50 percent of the time. Custody litigation can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and has depleted many families of the necessary resources to fight and protect the best interests of their children. High conflict custody cases further exacerbated by family court abuses and civil rights violations make finding competent legal counsel with expertise in this area that much more expensive and challenging. The stress of navigating a very dysfunctional family court system corrupted by special interests stacked against the protective mother and the safety and well-being of her child is traumatizing in and of itself, especially when that mother has just escaped an abusive partner and is now faced with the fear and possibility of losing her child to her abusive ex. Counseling and other therapeutic and supportive services by licensed mental health professionals are essential to helping these women validate their experiences, cope, heal, and maintain their emotional and psychological strength while combating a parent's worst nightmare.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Community
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Community

WHEN

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WHERE

930 5th Avenue4HNew York, NY 10021

(40.77376,-73.96565)
 

SKILLS

  • Legal (General)
  • Family Law
  • Paralegal
  • Research
  • Child Advocacy
  • Conflict Resolution

GOOD FOR

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