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Child Migrants, Alone in Court

by Sonia Nazario   on April 10, 2013   publication:

  BELKIS RIVERA, 14 years old, sat in the Los Angeles immigration courtroom, in a black coat and purple scarf, shaking with fear. When Belkis was 6, the gang that controlled her neighborhood in San

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Unaccompanied teen immigrant from Guatemala makes it to LA, gains asylum

by Ruxandra Guidi   on November 1, 2012   publication:

Death threats from the maras – or gangs – in his native Guatemala are the reason Ronald Aldana says he left. The son of farmers from the rural region of Santa Ana says it started

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Was Puerto Rican RNC official the target of “USA! USA!” chants?

by Sandra Lilley and Adrian Carrasquillo   on August 29, 2012   publication:

Zoraida Fonalledas, the National Committeewoman for Puerto Rico, who is also the chairwoman of the party’s permanent organization committee, said to NBC Latino that contrary to reports, she was not the object of “USA, USA!”

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Young and Alone, Facing Court and Deportation

by Julia Preston   on August 25, 2012   publication:

Watch the video, HERE. The judge called his next case, scanning the courtroom. The immigrant who was facing deportation rose to his feet, in a clean T-shirt and khaki pants several sizes too large, with

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Growing Up in America 6/11/12

  on June 11, 2012

Join Dr. Bob Sanborn and Mandi Kimball from CHILDREN AT RISK for the June 11th episode of the Growing Up in America on 90.1FM KPFT in Houston! This segment features Bill Bentley, President and CEO of

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Lackland AFB a temporary shelter for immigrant children

by Jason Buch   on April 26, 2012   publication:

In and around a beige barracks on Lackland AFB, 200 children sleep on military-style cots, eat in an atmosphere similar to a school cafeteria, watch movies and play soccer on a small patch of dirt.

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Spike In Undocumented Immigrant Children Prompts Use Of Military Base As Shelter

by Cristina Cosantini   on April 18, 2012   publication:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Air Force turned a San Antonio Air Force base into temporary shelter for 100 undocumented children Monday, after being overwhelmed by unusually high rates

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Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Recruits Celebrities and Colleagues to Start Charity

by Caroline Preston   on October 20, 2011   publication:

Kids in Need of Defense provides free legal assistance to immigrant children in courtrooms across the country. Its roots are in an unexpected place: the Microsoft Corporation. Brad Smith (left), Microsoft’s general counsel, got the

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New Bill Includes Key Protections for Unaccompanied Children

by KIND   on July 1, 2011

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) applauds the introduction of a bill to reauthorize key anti-trafficking legistation that includes expanded protections for unaccompanied children in the United States.  Click here to read more about The

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Some Young Migrants Face Deportation With No Lawyer

by Meredith Hoffman   on June 13, 2011   publication:

Leticia was 15 when Border Patrol agents climbed on her Greyhound bus in rural Louisiana and started asking people for papers. The Guatemalan girl panicked. She spoke almost no English and carried a recently expired

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