KIND's Response to COVID-19

Ensuring the Safety and Protection of our Child Clients

Since March 2020, KIND has been working hard to ensure the safety of our child clients amid the many challenges COVID-19 presents to their lives and well-being. Below are just some of the actions we have taken throughout this crisis to meet our clients’ needs:

Ensuring Due Process & Safety in Court

KIND’s legal staff have filed hundreds of motions with U.S. Immigration and state courts and agencies around the country seeking postponement of hearings during this pandemic to prevent exposure for our clients and staff. Attorneys have continued to represent clients in ongoing telephonic and video hearings, and they have continued to deploy creative and safe strategies to prepare clients’ cases and file essential applications and court filings to secure critical legal protections for the children we serve.

Introducing Vital Technology

We advocated for and conducted Know Your Rights presentations and case intakes to detained children through video-conference rather than in person in New York City, Houston, and Seattle. Our staff has also been working to ensure our clients have access to video technology, including phones and computers, so they can virtually check-in with their attorneys as their immigration cases move forward in the courts as well as be able to access classes online. KIND remains committed to using technology strategies to enhance mobility and knowledge, and to provide our clients with a lifeline to other critical community supports.

Providing Essential Social Services

All across the country our team of social service coordinators have come together (virtually!) to help our clients and their families with a broad range of requests for assistance. Housing and food insecurity top of the list as our clients and their families are overwhelmingly low-income and struggling to survive in a devastated economy. We are also working to help our clients with their increased medical and mental health care needs as Black and Latino communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The team has organized virtual therapeutic art workshops and resource fairs across the country. They have also been engaged in virtual outreach events, training and strengthening community partnerships with the goal of leveraging resources. The team explains their work below.

Watch our team videos here

Responding to Urgent Needs in Central America

Our Central American partners in our reintegration program have shifted to remote work due to the risk of COVID-19 and restrictions on movement that have been imposed in the Northern Triangle countries.  To respond to urgent needs in the communities in which they work, they have created indigenous language radio announcements providing information about prevention of COVID-19, mindfulness and stress reduction, and intra-familial violence prevention. Partners are also engaging in telephonic wellness checks and psychosocial support, as well as providing emergency food assistance to families.

Read more here

Virtual Storytelling

KIND partnered with Artolution to provide a virtual space for our clients to express their creativity and have fun.   In one of the workshops, KIND clients worked for several weeks to design and create a stop-motion movie using their own stories and characters. We also worked with Imagination Stage to teach KIND clients about video storytelling and how to share their stories through art and video.

Watch the movie here

Advocacy Priorities During the Pandemic

Release Detained Families

Release detained families together, and never again force parents to accept separation from their children as the only means of obtaining their children’s release from detention.

Protect Children at U.S. Border

In accordance with federal law, exempt unaccompanied children from border turnbacks to ensure they are not in immediate danger and can meaningfully present their protection claims.

Ensure Justice for Kids in U.S.

Halt the practice of fast-track deportations that are denying unaccompanied children already within the United States a full and fair court proceeding as Congress intended.

COVID-19 Resources

August 6, 2020

KIND works with partners to respond to the needs of children and families in Central America amid COVID-19 crisis

While the coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented level of vulnerability for children, families, and communities in Central America, KIND and our local partner organizations continue our com...

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March 20, 2020

Letter urging for the postponement of hearings for detained unaccompanied children during COVID-19 emergency

Letter from 26 legal services organizations urging postponement of hearings for detained unaccompanied children during COVID-19 emergency.

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May 21, 2020

Why the U.S. Must Halt Deportations and Expulsions During COVID-19

U.S. deportation and expulsion practices are recklessly exposing an entire region to increased risk of COVID-19. Since the onset of the pandemic, even as it has suspended asylum processing, paused [&h...

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April 29, 2020

Border Closure Exposing Children to Heightened Risk of Trafficking and Exploitation

In the midst of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is turning away unaccompanied children and asylum seekers at its borders, without first conducting ...

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June 16, 2020

Mapping the Cruelty

Since March 2020, often under the pretext of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump Administration has dramatically escalated its attacks on the legal protections and family unity of immigrant children who ...

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July 1, 2020

What is Happening to Children from Mexico & Central America

U.S. law has special protections to keep children traveling alone safe, and to protect them from human trafficking and return to danger. Since March 20th, the U.S. has been using […]

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August 19, 2020

2020 Mid-Year Update

In these turbulent times – between the COVID-19 pandemic and continued family separations – unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children remain one of our country’s most vulnerable groups. Despi...

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