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Legal Internship/Volunteer at Mommy's Heart: Empowering Survivors through Justice

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ORGANIZATION: Mommy's Heart, Inc.

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Organization Overview: Mommy's Heart, Inc. (EIN #87-4833078) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, which provides free legal representation and mental health services to parents and children, who escaped domestic abuse but are now facing legal and financial retaliation by their abusers in family court. Mommy’s Heart aims to protect and defend the fundamental rights of all fit parents to direct the care and custody of their children, so that no parent ever has to fear losing a child for reporting abuse.

Position Title: Legal Intern

Duration: 6 months

Location: in-office, remote, or a combination (as applicable and based on personal preference)

Position Summary: 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.

Key Responsibilities may include:

  1. Training and Development: Attend training sessions and legal education workshops to enhance your legal skills and understanding of the issues facing abuse survivors.
  2. Legal Research and Analysis: Conduct research on relevant laws, regulations, and legal precedents pertaining to domestic abuse, family law, and protective orders. Analyze case law and statutes to assist our legal team in crafting effective legal arguments and strategies to support survivors in court.
  3. Client Support: Work closely with abuse survivors to understand their legal needs and provide empathetic support. Assist in the preparation of legal documents, including petitions, affidavits, and court pleadings.
  4. Courtroom Experience: Attend court proceedings alongside our legal team to gain firsthand experience in the litigation process. Assist in court preparation and document organization for hearings and trials.
  5. Collaboration: Collaborate with our multidisciplinary team, including mental health professionals, to ensure a holistic approach to survivor support.
  6. Policy and Advocacy: Participate in discussions and research related to policy changes and advocacy efforts aimed at improving the legal system's response to abuse survivors facing retaliatory lawfare. Advocate on behalf of survivors by helping them navigate legal systems, access resources, and understand their rights. Assist with legal advocacy efforts to raise awareness about the challenges faced by abuse survivors.

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited law school program.
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Compassionate and empathetic attitude towards survivors of abuse.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information with discretion.
  • Commitment to social justice and empowering survivors of abuse.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Benefits:

  • Meaningful contribution to a noble cause.
  • Valuable hands-on experience in the legal field.
  • Training, mentorship, and case support from experienced attorneys.
  • Opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of abuse survivors.
  • Exposure to both legal and mental health aspects of survivor support.
  • Networking opportunities within the legal and non-profit sectors.
  • Flexible work environment (remote or in-office, as applicable).

How to Apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume, a cover letter explaining their interest in the position, and any relevant writing samples or transcripts (if available) to mommysheartinc@gmail.com. Please include "Legal Intern Application - [Your Name]" in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

At Mommy's Heart, we are dedicated to fostering an inclusive and diverse work environment. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds and experiences who share our commitment to supporting abuse survivors.

Join us in making a difference in the lives of abuse survivors and helping them regain control of their futures through justice and support. Apply today and be part of our mission at Mommy's Heart!

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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
Justice & Legal
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Justice & Legal

WHEN

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WHERE

930 5th Avenue4HNew York, NY 10021

(40.77376,-73.96565)
 

SKILLS

  • Legal (General)
  • Law Enforcement

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