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Wendy Wylegala

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Deputy Director for Legal Technical Assistance
New York, NY, USA


Wendy Wylegala is Deputy Director for Legal Technical Assistance at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a national non-profit organization that works to protect unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone.  KIND’s staff and pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant children in their immigration removal proceedings.  Wendy provides technical assistance to the legal staff of KIND’s ten field offices.  Wendy joined KIND in November 2008 as a Pro Bono Coordinator, serving first in Newark, NJ and then in New York, NY.  In that capacity, she trained and mentored pro bono attorneys, and conducted intake interviews and know-your-rights programs for unaccompanied children.  She was the Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs for KIND’s New York field office for four years.  Wendy began representing unaccompanied children in immigration and family law matters on a pro bono basis as an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York, where she worked from 2000 to 2008. For her work with child clients seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, she twice received a Pro Bono Publico Award from The Legal Aid Society of New York in 2007 and 2008. As an intern in the New York office of the International Rescue Committee, she authored an article on asylee access to cash assistance that appeared in Interpreter Releases in 1999. Before attending law school, she was an Ombudsman at New York City’s Office of the Public Advocate.  She is admitted to practice in New York.  She received her law degree from New York University School of Law, and her B.A. from Barnard College.
Wendy Wylegala is associated with the following items:
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Representing Children in Immigration Matters 2018: Effective Advocacy and Best Practices, Wednesday, September 26, 2018, New York, NY
Pro Bono  Pro Bono Representing Children in Immigration Matters 2018: Effective Advocacy and Best Practices, Wednesday, September 26, 2018, New York, NY
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