April 27, 2021
As the nation’s leading organization advocating for the rights of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children, KIND provides pro bono legal representation for over 5,000 unaccompanied children in immigration proceedings every year. KIND also leads programs in Central America and Mexico to address the root causes of migration, better protect children in transit, and ensure that children can be safely returned and reintegrated into their home countries. Our work in the United States and the region provides KIND with unique insight into the root causes of forced migration and the needs of unaccompanied children in their home countries and along their journey.
Informed by our on-the-ground experience, domestically and abroad, KIND published a comprehensive administrative blueprint, Concrete Steps to Protect Unaccompanied Children on the Move, with domestic and foreign policy recommendations to ensure migrant children are protected at every stage of their journey. Our recommendations for a root causes strategy that addresses the needs of migrant and refugee children are drawn from and build upon that document.