Back to School Campaign

Every child should be able to go to school without fear.

Yet, 60% of schools in El Salvador are affected by gang threats and violence. Children often have no choice but to drop out, hide at home, and eventually flee for their lives.

 


KIND’s 2nd Annual Back to School Campaign aims to highlight and honor pro bono attorneys who are heeding the call to help unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children by providing pro bono legal representation to these children as the new school year begins.   As unaccompanied children are getting ready to start school in the fall, over 50% of them have no one to represent them in immigration court. With the help of an attorney, they can focus on their education and fulfill their aspirations for their future.
Here are some of the amazing stories of children helped by pro bono attorneys who are working towards their dreams:

 

Mary* completed her Associates degree at a community college and is currently working as a receptionist.  She is also pursuing a nursing degree and will graduate next year.  Having legal representation changed everything for Mary, allowing her to attend college and realize her full potential.

 

Anna*, a survivor of severe abuse, at age 11 is finally able to go to school without fear now that her asylum case was granted. Just like Mary, she dreams of working in medicine and becoming a doctor or nurse one day.   

*Child’s names have been changed to protect their identity.

Now, more than ever, legal representation is critical for children like Anna so they can become adults like Mary, striving towards their goals in life.

Pro Bono Attorneys who have taken on a “Back to School” case

 Contact your local KIND office to get involved today! 

 

Chelcie Griffith

Boston University Law School – Immigration Clinic

Mayssam Ali, Sanofi

Sandra Brockman-Lee, Sanofi

Jennifer Holden, Sanofi

Nick Bero, Sanofi

Courtney Scrubbs, Sanofi

Eileen Falvey, Sanofi

Ellyn Josef, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Kathryn Shafer

Megan Sprecher

Jessica Flores, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Emily Finestone, Shephard Finkelman Miller & Shaw LLP

Rachel Shanies, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Lane Barrasso, Paul Hastings LLP

Jay Purcell, Rogoway Law Group

Marianna Jasiukaitis, Funk & Bolton, P.A.

Jose Canto

Anthony Cataldo, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Wendell Bartnick, Reed Smith LLP

Lorena Perez McGill, The University of Houston Law Center

Su Lian Lu, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Hunter Yost

Nicole Johnson, Salmen Navarro Law, P.C.

Hedwin Salmen Navarro, Salmen Navarro Law, P.C.

Michele Levine

Wen-Ying Chang, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Elizabeth Miller, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Joshua Hill, General Electric

Katerina Grinko, Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP

Lee Koch

Sarah Torres, Tomlinson & Torres PC

Roberta Ward

Claire McNamara, Pacifica Law Group

Candice Carr, Microsoft Corporation

Olger Palma, Microsoft Corporation

Martin Krezalek, Blank Rome LLP

Courtney Dankworth, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Nicholas Ciccone, General Electric

Lauren Dansey, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Elizabeth Steinfeld, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Erin Scheick, Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics Family Justice Clinic

Aimee Maldonado, Houston College of Law Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinic

Lauren Cross, Netflix, Inc.

Christina Kremer, Netflix, Inc.

Renee Kramer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Anjali Vohra, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Jonathan Fombonne, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Samuel Philipsek, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

William Taylor, Pepper Hamilton LLP

 Bonnie Lau, Dentons US LLP

 Gabe Delabra, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

 Janet Rice

Michael Huseby, Latham &  Watkins LLP

Peggy Mevs, General Electric

Alfred Adams

Amanda Cajen, Law Offices of Christian J. Amendt

Brian Andrea, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Caitlin Munley, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Chelcie Griffith

Gemma Solimene, Fordham University School of Law

Joe Lee, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP-Los Angeles

Joe Campagna, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender

Jonathan Yi, Troutman Sanders LLP – Atlanta

Joseph De Leon, Latham &  Watkins LLP

Ken Bressler, Blank Rome LLP

Lucie Enns, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Michael Montgomery, Dentons LLP

Nafees Syed, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Ngai Zhang, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Nina Bauer

Norma Acland, Carsey Werner Television

Pat Salvo, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Roberta Ward

Sean Bedford, Alston & Bird LLP

Susan Kim

Yevgenia Wiener, Cozen O’Connor

Abigail Lubow, Vinson & Elkins LL

Adam Brink, Clorox

Adriana Estor, Columbia Law School

Andrea Cataneo, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Anjali Vohra, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Ann Gong, Amazon Corporation LLC

Anna Konewka, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Asad Rizvi, Fox Rothschild LLP

Beth Jacob, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Cassandra Franco, Rossi Law Group

Chan Lee, Sanofi US

Charlotta Otterbeck, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Christine Ollman, Fordham University School of Law

Courtney Dankworth, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Dan Valenzuela. McGuire Woods LLP

Daniel Brown, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Deborah Capiro, Columbia Law School

Dennis Donnelly, Fordham University School of Law

Dina, Sakita, Madison | Piper PC

Elora Mukherjee, Columbia Law School

Eric Anderson

Frances Vazquez, John Marshall Law School

Freddy Fonseca, Manion Gaynor & Manning, LLP

James Horne, Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Jee Lee, McGuire Woods LLP

Jennifer Baum, St. John’s University Law School, Child Advocacy Clinic

Jessica Mussallem, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Joanne Blackburn, Gordon Thomas Honeywell

John Hunt, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Julie Werner

Kamal Singh, Fordham University School of Law

Kara Ryan, Sanofi

Katrina Walasik, Epstein, Becker, Green

Kimberly Mayhew, Lang, Richert & Patch

Laura Strong, Owen Gleaton Eagen Jones & Sweeney

Lindsay Stone, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Lisa Coyle, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ceresi LLP

Luisa Diaz, Fordham University School of Law

Maggie Diefenbach, Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Mark Danis

Mary Huber, Law Office of Mary J. Huber

Maureen Schad, Norton Rose Fulbright

Michelle Gillette, Crowell & Moring LLP

Mike Ricketts, Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Milda Taveras, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Mina Nasseri-Asghar

Molly Jones, Crowell & Moring LLP

Natasha Saggar Sheth, Nossaman LLP

Nicole Harrison, Manion Gaynor & Manning, LLP

Niran Somasundaram, Crowell & Moring LLP

Philip Hyun, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Robert Wilke, Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Roger Wylie, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP

Ryan Espegard, Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Sandeep Sharma, Merck

Sarah Roscioli, Nixon Peabody LLP

Sarretta McDonough, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Shelly Andrew, Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Siddhartha Narayan, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Sophie Solomon, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Stephanie Bloomfield, Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Susan Mulligan

Yvonne Benson, Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Thank you to the below law firms, corporations, and law schools who have taken on 3 or more cases! 

Sanofi

 

Netflix

“When my company Netflix partnered with KIND, I was admittedly very hesitant to participate in this type of pro bono work – I was intimidated by language barriers, my limited knowledge of immigration law, and especially my inexperience with litigation, as I’ve been a transactional attorney my entire career.  But once I met my client, my desire to help her outweighed any concern I had, because here was a child who had suffered more in her few years on earth than most of us do in our entire lives. Further, the KIND representatives have gone above and beyond to make the process straight-forward and manageable for a newbie like myself. My initial hesitation regarding any language barriers or my limited knowledge has turned into a driving motivation to help my client secure a safe and happy future in the US, and I have KIND to thank for this opportunity.” – Stephanie Chambers, Counsel, Netflix

Pepper Hamilton LLP

 

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

 

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

 

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

 

Meghan Sprecher

 

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

 

Boston University Law School – Immigration Clinic