2015: A Year of Expanding Help and Hope to Children Alone

Published   on December 16, 2015

Read and download the full 2015 Year in Review here.

 

In response to the ongoing child migration crisis which has brought over 100,000 unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children to the US in the last two years, KIND has achieved extraordinary growth as an organization and in the number of children we have been able to serve. Building upon the tremendous generosity of our donors and volunteers throughout the unprecedented rise in the number of unaccompanied children seeking protection, we have been able to reach more vulnerable children and help them in important new ways.

The need remains great, and is in fact increasing once again. The number of children coming alone to the US to find safety is rising significantly compared to the same time last year, after a drop from the historic levels of summer 2014.

Why? The root causes of their flight remain largely unchanged. El Salvador is experiencing violence not seen since the civil war in the 1980s and is on track to unseat Honduras as the murder capital of the world. Children continue to be targeted in Honduras, and Guatemala remains close behind both countries as among the most violent countries in the world.

Many could qualify for international protection if given the opportunity to share their story.

KIND’s Capacity

KIND has diversified our funding and significantly increased our capacity across the country. We have:

  • Become the largest implementing partner to the Department of Health and Human Services in delivering pro bono services to children
  • More than doubled the size of our legal services staff
  • Added two new offices—in San Francisco and Atlanta—(by the end of the year) bringing our total to 10 offices nationwide
  • Gained 18 new law firm and five new corporate partners in 2015

KIND’s Work

In the first ten months of 2015, we increased the number of children we have matched with pro bono counsel by 54 percent. Since 2009:

  • 8,400 Children referred to KIND by the end of 2015
  • 296 Pro bono partnerships with major law firms, corporations, law schools, and bar associations
  • 11,000 Private sector lawyers trained to represent children in immigration court
  • 90% Of KIND’s children’s cases are successful
  • $84 Million leveraged in pro bono legal services from 2009-2014
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