Wendy Wylegala is Deputy Director for Legal Technical Assistance at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a national non-profit organization that offers free legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children facing removal proceedings.  In this capacity, she designs legal training programs, writes practice guidance, and provides case-specific technical assistance to the legal staff of KIND’s ten field offices.  Wendy joined KIND in November 2008 as a pro bono coordinator, working in the Newark, NJ and New York, NY field offices.  In that capacity, she trained and mentored pro bono attorneys, and conducted intake interviews and know-your-rights programs for detained and released unaccompanied children.  Later she served as supervising attorney in the New York field office for four years until assuming her current role in January 2016.  Before joining KIND, Wendy was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, where her pro bono matters included special immigrant juvenile status cases.  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, and received her law degree from New York University School of Law, and her B.A. from Barnard College.  She is a member of the Pro Bono Committee of the New York City Chapter of AILA, and an affiliate member of the Immigration and Nationality Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

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