Jennifer Podkul

Senior Director for Policy and Advocacy at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Jennifer Podkul is an international human rights lawyer and expert on child migration in the United States.  She is a national expert on issues affecting immigrant children, has published articles, handbooks and reports on U.S. immigration law, and she presents regularly as an expert before Congress and at conferences, briefings, and professional trainings.  She co-authored “Forced From Home: The Lost Boys and Girls from Central America” and was a contributing author to “Childhood, Migration, and Human Rights in Central and North America: Causes, Policies, Practices, and Challenges.”  Jennifer has taught child migration at Georgetown Law Center’s Human Rights Institute.  Jennifer began her legal career as an attorney at Ayuda in Washington, D.C. first as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and later as a KIND Fellow.   She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras and holds a J.D. with honors from the Washington College of Law, American University, where she was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar.