When and why did you first take a KIND case?
Sarah: I was first asked to join a KIND case in 2016 because I happen to speak Spanish. The experience was amazing. I have never looked back, and am now working on my seventh case for KIND.
What have you learned from this experience or from your KIND client(s)?
Sarah: My KIND clients have taught me lessons about resilience, patience, and gratitude that will be with me forever. They have helped me become a better lawyer and a better person.
What is the most surprising thing that you’ve learned about the U.S. immigration system?
Sarah: In addition to the high cost, slow delivery, and operational errors, I am acutely aware of the disconnect between the politics of immigration, our obligations under international law, and the undeniable reality of our need for immigrants to help grow the economy and join us in building a sustainable and equitable future.
What would you tell other attorneys to encourage them to take a KIND case?
Sarah: You will never regret working on a KIND case. The time commitment will fade in comparison to the satisfaction you will feel at using your legal skills to change the trajectory of your client’s life, and using your human skills to help a child in need.
Do you have any advice for attorneys who may be taking their first pro bono case?
Sarah: Give your client (and yourself) the time and the space needed to know and trust one another. Listen carefully, and ask lots of questions. Don’t forget that critical information may come from your client at unexpected moments, and not necessarily in response to your direct questions. Never hesitate to consult with attorneys at your firm, and with your mentor at KIND. They all want the best for your client, and they all have your back!