A world in which children’s rights and well-being are protected as they migrate alone in search of safety.
KIND 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.
We protect children alone
KIND staff and our pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings. Together, we ensure that no child stands in court alone.
KIND protects unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney. We achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child's best interests, safety, and well-being.
Unaccompanied children apprehended at the border face deportation proceedings; the majority must make their claim for protection without a lawyer. The result: children can be sent back to situations where their well-being, and even their lives, are in danger.
The majority of the children KIND serves have fled severe violence in their home countries. Many have been threatened or attacked by gangs, abandoned, abused, exploited, or trafficked. They come seeking safety, but find new challenges in the U.S.
Founded by Angelina Jolie and the Microsoft Corporation, KIND helps unaccompanied children wherever they are
Unaccompanied children are five times more likely to gain U.S. protection if they have an attorney representing them in immigration proceedings. The United Nations found that 60 percent of children who came to the U.S. in 2014 qualified as potential refugees.
“It was kind of like my dream was becoming true and I finally had a lawyer because I always dreamed of that. Bill was the reason for this, he helped me find a shelter, and he is helping me with the process of getting my papers.” – Jeannette, GuineaRead full story »
“Fifi, what do you want to be when you grow up?” “I want to be a judge, Judge Fifi” – Fifi, Haiti (4 years old)Read full story »
“It’s a scary system for these kids. They haven’t had the best experience in the past with these authority figures, who in many of their home countries are corrupt and don’t protect them. So, even as an attorney, when you reassure them that you are here to help, they are still incredibly nervous.” – Katie Chatterton, Haynes and Boone LLPRead full story »