To help meet the legal needs of unaccompanied children in Florida, KIND opened a new field office in Orlando, with satellite operations in Jacksonville. It is KIND’s first office in Florida, which receives a large number of unaccompanied children every year. Whereas southern Florida has an established immigration service provider community, there is greater need for pro bono legal services in central and northern Florida, one of the primary reasons KIND expanded our legal services program to Orlando and Jacksonville.
KIND’s small and mighty Florida team has spent the past months networking in their local jurisdiction, forming relationships with other immigration service providers, and conducting outreach on KIND’s mission and legal services program. The team held its first introductory training for prospective pro bono attorneys in the community late last year, an important step in educating local members of the private bar about KIND’s work and attracting new partners to assist in providing legal representation to unaccompanied children in the region. More than 30 attorneys attended, a testament to the interest and support from local pro bono attorneys, for which KIND is grateful.