November 12, 2020

The First 100 Days: How the Biden Administration Should Address Family Separation,

Child Migration and Protection, and U.S. Border Policy

Washington, DC – On Monday, November 16, at 1 p.m. EST, Kids in Need of Defense experts will hold a media telebriefing to detail concrete steps the incoming Biden Administration should take to undo the Trump Administration’s reckless and cruel immigration policies, including those that target unaccompanied children on the move.

Set against the backdrop of headlines shaped by this week’s news about the rising toll of the Trump Administration’s decried family separation policy and revelations that Tropical Storm Eta’s lethal impact on Central America may cause more migrants to flee to the United States, the call will provide specific recommendations President-Election Biden and his team should immediately implement in order to bring the nation’s immigration policies into compliance with the law and American ideals. KIND experts will draw from the organization’s recently released blueprint to guide future immigration policy, KIND Blueprint: Concrete Steps to Protect Unaccompanied Children on the Move, as well as the organization’s report Thwarted Potential: The Need to Revive and Expand the Central American Minors (CAM) Program as a Key Path to Protection for At-risk Unaccompanied Children.

Issues addressed during the call will include:

  • immediately halting family separation and reuniting separated families
  • ending Title 42 and the Migrant Protection Protocols, and how to safely process children seeking protection in the United States
  • addressing the root causes of migration
  • establishing new and expanded refugee processing in Central America
  • ensuring a fair adjudication process in the United States, including by providing attorneys to all unaccompanied children in deportation proceedings.

There will be an opportunity to pose questions during the call.

To join this telebriefing, please RSVP to Megan McKenna,

WHEN:  Monday, November 16, 1pm EST


  • Wendy Young, President Kids in Need of Defense
  • Jennifer Podkul, Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, Kids in Need of Defense
  • Lisa Frydman, Vice President for International Programs, Kids in Need of Defense