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A world in which children’s rights and well-being are protected as they migrate alone in search of safety.

We will achieve our vision by:

Ensuring that no child appears in immigration court without high quality legal representation;

Advancing laws, policies, and practices that ensure children’s protection and uphold their right to due process and fundamental fairness; and

Promoting in countries of origin, transit, and destination durable solutions to child migration that are grounded in the best interests of the child and ensure that no child is forced to involuntarily migrate.

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KIND Fact Sheet

No child should ever face immigration court alone. Learn more about KIND, who we are, and what we do to protect unaccompanied migrant and refugee children with our KIND Fact Sheet.

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KIND Blueprint: Concrete Steps to Protect Unaccompanied Children on the Move

KIND’s Blueprint for the protection of unaccompanied children provides guidance on how the U.S. government should uphold its responsibility to treat these children humanely and in accordance with the law and this country’s ideals. Their unique vulnerabilities require a legal and policy framework that provides enhanced procedural safeguards and protection mechanisms essential to helping unaccompanied […]

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Six steps to prevent continued crises at the US-Mexico border

Apprehensions of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border reached a 21-year high in April, and this week Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified about the border situation before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security. He reaffirmed the nation’s commitment to protecting unaccompanied children at the border and detailed steps the administration is taking to fulfill that promise.

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The Life-saving Impact of Access to Legal Representation

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) President Wendy Young had the following statement regarding the announcement that President Biden will sign today a Presidential Memorandum to expand access to legal representation and the courts:

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Testimonials

"I wasn’t safe in my country, that’s why I left. I was trying to save my life."
Claudio Central America
"For me it was the draw of doing pro bono work at large but also this human rights issue. They have nowhere to go and they are forced to leave their homeland alone and to come here – without someone to represent them they could very easily be sent back."
Mary Bortscheller Associate, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll
"What resonates most for me is the fact that without KIND, more children would be forced to face our legal system alone and without representation. This should be, and for many of us is, simply unacceptable in our society today. We all have a responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves."
Kurt Hansson, Paul Hastings Global Vice Chairman, Litigation, Paul Hastings, and KIND Board Member
"This case reinforces for me the great privilege it is to represent these extraordinary young people. They give me far more than I could ever give them."
Charles Rysavy K&L Gates