Who we are

We are KIND

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is the leading national organization advocating for the rights of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children in the U.S.

In 2008, KIND was founded by the Microsoft Corporation and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie to address the gap in legal services for unaccompanied minors. Through strategic partnerships, we provide pro bono legal representation for refugee and migrant children across the country.

Over the past decade, we have expanded our services to develop a holistic strategy for addressing the needs of these children and the systemic causes of forced migration. This includes mental and social services for our clients, advocating for new law and policy in the U.S. and countries of origin, and educating policymakers and the broader public about these issues.

To date, KIND has been referred more than 20,900 children since 2009, has had over 50,600 training participants on how to represent children alone, and fostered over 670 legal partners.

At KIND we value every employee and the vital role they play in carrying out our mission to protect unaccompanied children on the move.
KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging.
We provide each employee with the following benefits:
  • Two medical insurance plans with 100% employer-paid options for medical, dental and vision.
  • Pre-tax flexible spending and dependent care accounts.
  • Pre-tax commuter spending accounts.
  • Pre-tax 401(k) retirement plan with employer matching funds.
  • Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance.
  • Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance.
  • Generous paid parental leave.
  • Voluntary benefits including supplemental, spousal and child insurance.
  • Generous vacation accrual (20 days in Year 1; 25 days after Year 3; and 30 days after Year 5)
  • Twelve paid sick leave days per year.
  • Thirteen paid holidays per year, including Juneteenth and Election Day.
  • Flexible work schedules and telecommuting options.
  • Job-related Professional Development fees (including annual state bar dues and professional memberships).
  • Mission-driven and fulfilling work with colleagues who make it a great place to work.
  • And lots more!