Children are Being Denied Entry at the U.S. Border

KIND decries plan to temporarily suspend immigration to the U.S. in a new Trump Executive Order

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COVID-19 Protections for Kids

We are calling for commonsense precautions to protect unaccompanied children and the professionals who serve them

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Together we can take a stand to protect migrant youth in crisis. Get involved with KIND today

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Protect Children and Asylum Seekers

KIND is urging the the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to to exempt unaccompanied children from the recent southern border closures.

Our Mission & Vision

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.

What We Do

Our Impact

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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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The Border, Trafficking, and Risks to Unaccompanied Children

In the last decade, children and young families have become the face of migration at the U.S.-Mexico border. Tens of thousands of children have made the life-threatening journey from their countries alone; families have often come with small children—all to escape the violence from which they have no protection.  No one wants these children to […]

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A New Report on Family Separations Shows the Depths of Trump’s Negligence

In June of 2018, at the height of the family-separation crisis at the southern border, Emily Kephart, an advocate at Kids in Need of Defense, was spending her days trying to locate children in government custody. Under a new policy called “zero tolerance,” the Department of Homeland Security was transferring parents apprehended at the border for criminal […]

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Historic Number of Children Arriving in U.S. in 2019 Demonstrates Failures of Current Policies

Nearly 70,000 migrant children have been held in government custody this year and are being held for significantly longer periods of time. KIND notes that the Administration’s policy of deterrence not only is ineffective, but that it is causing irreparable harm to thousands of children.

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"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
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Charles Rysavy K&L Gates