2018 Annual Report

Published   on September 9, 2019

A note from KIND Board Chair, Brad Smith:

KIND celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018 – a decade of changing the lives of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children, giving them hope, safety, and a chance to fulfill their dreams. Our accomplishments have surpassed our wildest dreams – more than 18,000 children referred, 41,000 attorneys, paralegals, and law students trained, and partnerships withover 600 law firms and corporations. Ninety-six percent of KIND’s completed cases result in legal relief. We continue to grow nationally and internationally, expanding our work in Central America, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, and launching in Europe.
KIND has become a world-renowned expert and advocate for unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. We were well positioned to address the myriad challenges we faced in 2018 as the United States imposed significant barriers to children seeking protection, including impeded access to the U.S. to apply for asylum and forcing children to stay in dangerous conditions in Mexico.
KIND reacted quickly to the family separation crisis, creating a team that assisted 800 individuals. We sent attorneys to the Port Isabel Detention Center in Texas to help separated parents understand their legal options and re-connect with their children.
Our sexual and gender-based violence prevention programming reached hundreds of children in Guatemala, and our reintegration program continued to help returning children in Guatemala and Honduras reintegrate successfully into their families and communities.
Kids in Need of Defense UK has provided legal representation to nearly 150 children with great rates of success. KIND is also launching a new effort in Europe to provide legal services to unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children using KIND’s innovative pro bono model.
Last, but certainly not least, KIND gained hundreds of thousands of new supporters, many of whom organized fundraisers and other events to benefit KIND and the children we serve.
The goal of KIND 10 years ago was to create a national movement on behalf of unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children. Together, we have achieved this—and much, much more. But we have only just begun. The challenges before us may appear daunting, but case by
case, child by child, we make the difference.


2,175 children were referred to KIND in 2018

More than 18,500 children have been referred since 2009

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scales  10,700 Attorneys, Paralegals, and Law Students Trained

 KIND trained more than 10,700 attorneys, paralegals, and law students in 2018; we have trained more than 41,000 attorneys since 2009.

    $90 Million in Pro Bono Legal Services

KIND received nearly $96 million in pro bono services in 2018, for a total of more than $374 million in services since 2009.

  96% Success Rate

This year, 96 percent of KIND’s completed cases resulted in legal relief.


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