A few months ago, I opened an email from KIND attorney Lauren Sullivan in which she proudly told us that one of her clients had just passed her citizenship test and would be sworn in the next day. Lauren’s joy and excitement was contagious— I admit to letting out a few whoops that brought my daughter and husband out of their rooms!
This was not only a huge accomplishment for her client, but it also marked an important step for KIND’s ongoing efforts to support our clients, and our former clients, succeed in their new country. Lauren is among a small group of KIND staff who have had the chance to explore how providing naturalization and integration services to formerly unaccompanied children can be incorporated into our mission. This work has ranged from pilot programs involving representing individual clients, to mentoring pro bono partners, to exploring citizenship clinics with groups like Project Citizenship.