From the pervasive gang and sexual and gender-based violence throughout Central America that forced so many children to flee their home countries, to the trauma of the “Zero Tolerance” policy, which tore them apart from their parents apart at the border, this year was extraordinarily fraught for immigrant and refugee children.
Yet as attacks on vulnerable children increased, KIND witnessed an unprecedented amount of compassion. On behalf of our entire staff, our Board of Directors, and the children we serve, we are heartened and extremely grateful for your advocacy, financial donations, words of encouragement, and so much more.
To our pro bono partners – thank you for providing legal services to over 5,700 children. Fighting for our vulnerable child clients in immigration court can be arduous, with many road blocks along the way. Thank you for your tireless work on behalf of these children each and every day.
To our vast network of financial supporters – you have enabled KIND to step in where the government hasn’t, from reunifying children and parents, providing social services, to ensuring that thousands of children have high-quality legal representation in their deportation proceedings. Your contributions helped KIND build a Family Separation Response Team to serve separated families around the country, grow our presence in Central America to help deported parents connect with their children, and combat root causes of migration.
To everyone who signed a Change.org petition, hosted a fundraising event, shared KIND’s content on social media, or shared KIND’s critical work with friends and family members – thank you.
Our work sometimes feels like an uphill battle, especially in this volatile political environment, but your support for immigrant and refugee children’s protection and access to justice inspires us.
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