Representing Unaccompanied Children: Training Manual for KIND Pro Bono Attorneys

Published   on April 12, 2015

Thank you very much for volunteering to take an unaccompanied child’s case with KIND.

We hope this manual will help you through the stages of representing your child client. This resource is meant to accompany and supplement the training and mentorship you receive from your KIND pro bono coordinator. It is provided for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice of any kind. If you have questions about the information provided in these chapters, please contact your KIND pro bono coordinator.

We greatly appreciate your time and assistance, as do the children we serve.


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KIND thanks the many talented outside practitioners and advocates who worked with KIND staff and provided input to this manual; your help was essential and greatly appreciated. The dedicated and nationally known contributors include:

Jeanne Butterfield, Ann Chandler, Rená E. Cutlip-Mason, Fana B. Desta, Julie Dinnerstein, Marshall Fitz, Melissa Frisk, Anna Gallagher, Kris Jackson, Angie Junck, Jen Kelley, Liz Keyes, Debbie Lee, Dr. Stuart Lustig, Natalie Natasie, Sheila Neville, Lillian Novak, Leslye Orloff, Ajoké Oyegunle, Gail Pendleton, Heather Rice, Sarah Roque, Susan Schmidt, Charles Song, Kavitha Sreeharsha, Elisa Steglich, Tayler Summers, David Thronson, Suzanne Tomatore, Nick Quesenberry, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Carol Wolchok, and Colleen Renk Zengotitabengoa. We’d also like to thank Cory Smith and Erin Corcoran for their thorough read-through of the manual and final edits that were vital to the completion of the project, and all KIND staff who contributed along the way.


This manual is provided for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice of any kind. Before proceeding with any legal matters under U.S. immigration law, please consult, as needed, both the primary source documents referenced in this chapter (statutes, regulations, cases, etc.) and your KIND pro bono coordinator.

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