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

Feature Resource

Volunteering with KIND's Social Services Team

Helping Unaccompanied Children Adjust to Life in the United States Unaccompanied children around the world are searching for safety, fleeing violence and persecution from which their governments cannot protect them. No matter what their country of origin or reason for migration, these children need our help to pursue a safer future. What We Do Our […]

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Border Act Promotes Bipartisanship

In anticipation of the Senate’s vote today on the bipartisan Border Act (S. 4361), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)’s Vice President of U.S. Federal Policy Jason Boyd issued the following statement:  

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Spreading Understanding of Unaccompanied Children Among New Jersey High School Students

Earlier this month, 20 students from New Brunswick High School participated in a social justice and art workshop led by KIND’s New Jersey Office, the New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children, and the Windows of Understanding project. The workshop was part of KIND’s collaboration with Windows of Understanding and artist Tamara Torres. The purpose of […]

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KIND’s Mental Health Support to Children Impacted by the War in Ukraine

The blog is in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.     According to the United Nations, nearly 2,000 children have been killed in the war in Ukraine, and millions of children remain—displaced, creating one of the world’s largest refugee crises. To inform parents and caregivers about how the mental health of children may be impacted […]

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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,