In March, KIND and the American Bar Association hosted a national training for those who serve unaccompanied children – the first in-person gathering of its kind in more than three years. In the intervening years, providers faced numerous challenges, including: a global pandemic, multitudes of changing laws and policies — many of which weakened protections for unaccompanied children—unprecedented numbers of children arriving in the United States, and the inability to connect with clients in person.
The conference provided a vital space for learning, support, and re-connection after three difficult years and helped foster an even stronger community of those striving to provide the best possible assistance and care to unaccompanied children.
Passionate and dedicated practitioners from a variety of fields shared their best practices and strategies over 24 training sessions. Topics included: asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, trafficking, social service collaboration, and policy.
Social Services Supervisor Natalie Segovia from KIND’s Atlanta office participated in the conference and shared its impact on her work.