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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The Importance of Integrated Child Protection Systems to Respond to Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Europe

In our Advancing Protection project, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Europe and Child Circle shine a spotlight on the need to strengthen procedural safeguards (with a particular focus on access to quality legal assistance) for unaccompanied and separated children arriving in the European Union.

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Migrants in Mexico
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Blocked from Protection: Unaccompanied Migrant Children on Mexico's Southern Border

As the number of asylum seekers in Mexico has increased significantly in recent years, Mexico has militarized its southern border region in response. As a result, seeking protection has become increasingly difficult for migrant families and children, including children who are unaccompanied, separated, or at-risk of separation from their families.

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Children wave American flags and hold their certificates of citizenship after becoming U.S. citizens during a citizenship ceremony at The Bronx Zoo, May 5, 2017 in The Bronx borough of New York City. 32 children, ranging in age from 5 to 13 years old, attended the ceremony and became U.S. citizens. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Citizenship Day 2022: Another Beginning

A few months ago, I opened an email from KIND attorney Lauren Sullivan in which she proudly told us that one of her clients had just passed her citizenship test and would be sworn in the next day. Lauren’s joy and excitement was contagious— I admit to letting out a few whoops that brought my […]

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Honoring Citizenship Day

We talked with KIND’s senior attorney, Lauren Sullivan on honoring Citizenship Day and witnessing her client become a U.S. citizen.

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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

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Megan McKenna, Senior Director of Communications and Community Engagement

Alexandra Pender, Senior Communications Manager,

Alejandra Paz, Communications Project Coordinator,