The story of KIND

KIND was founded by the Microsoft Corporation and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, and is the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone. We do this in partnership with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations. KIND has served more than 18,300 children since 2009, and trained over 42,000 private sector attorneys, paralegals, and law students to provide them with high quality representation in their deportation proceedings. KIND promotes protection of children in countries of origin and transit countries and works to address the root causes of child migration from Central America. KIND also advocates to change law, policy, and practices to improve the protection of unaccompanied children in the United States, by educating policymakers, the media, and the broader public about the violence that is driving children out of Central America and their need for protection.

History of KIND Timeline

(link to PDF of updated 10 yr timeline)

Our Leadership

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KIND Urges Administration to Act as 57 Unaccompanied Children Discovered by Mexican Authorities

Following news that Mexican authorities found 57 unaccompanied children among 67 migrants in a truck traveling north from Guatemala, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) President Wendy Young issued the […]

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KIND Calls on New Congress to Protect Unaccompanied Children

With immigration reform a political priority for both parties, KIND urges policymakers to work collaboratively to achieve durable solutions that center the needs of children throughout each step of their […]

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North American Leaders Must Prioritize Protection of Migrant Children

As the North American Leaders’ Summit approaches, KIND is urging that the protection of unaccompanied children on the move be a priority.

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Biden Visit to El Paso: Need for Truly Humane Border Processes that Protect Children

As President Biden prepares to visit El Paso on Sunday, KIND urges the Administration to end its reliance on border restrictions and deterrence and to truly create a humane, fair, […]

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KIND President Wendy Young on PBS NewsHour

Voices from the kids

"They took me somewhere after I was separated; I remember adults and children were held together, but I only had me. I did not have anyone else" "I feel sad all the time. I don't have anyone to talk to when I feel like this. I just want to go home."
10-year-old detained child
"Los mareros las enamoran. Se van de casa. Las utilizan para ganancia. Las prostituyen o hace lo que quieren con ellas. The gang members seduce them. They leave home. They use them for profit. They prostitute them or do what they want with them. "
Young Girl Honduras
"The journey was not easy, but it has been amazing to get to know new people, myself, and the ability I did not know I have to overcome my fears and challenges."
Alejandra KIND Client

For press inquiries please contact KIND’s Communications Team:

Megan McKenna, Senior Director of Communications and Community Engagement

Alexandra Pender, Senior Communications Manager,

Alejandra Paz, Communications Project Coordinator,