KIND provides attorneys to represent children at no cost. We have been referred more than 20,900 children in need of legal assistance. We have built a robust training network of over 50,600 participants and more than 664 law firms, corporations, law schools and bar associations partners. No immigration experience is necessary. Our dedicated team trains and mentors our volunteers throughout their cases with us. Our staff also represent these children and provide Know Your Rights presentations in the cities in which we work to share vital information with communities in need.
KIND helps immigrant and refugee children who come to the United States without a parent or legal guardian. Most are fleeing pervasive narco-trafficking, human trafficking, and gang violence in Central America—El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala—from which their governments cannot or will not protect them. Others are fleeing severe abuse including sexual and gender-based violence, which includes rape, sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, and forced or early marriage. A number have been abandoned or have lost their caregivers. The children range in age from toddlers to teenagers. The large majority of children KIND serves are from Central America, but KIND has been referred children from 74 different countries.
More than 60 percent of unaccompanied children in the United States—tens of thousands of children—do not have lawyers in immigration court. Unaccompanied children with attorneys are five times more likely to gain U.S. protection while only one in ten unaccompanied children without attorneys win their cases. Without a fair chance to make their case, children who need and deserve protection can be sent back to grave harm.
KIND partners with law firms, corporation, bar associations, and law schools which agree to represent children referred to us at no cost. KIND provides training and mentorship–no immigration experience is necessary. KIND’s social services coordinators help children referred to us with their non-legal needs, including counseling and school enrollment.
As a legal services organization serving unaccompanied children throughout the United States, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) expresses its deep concern for the safety and well-being of unaccompanied c...Read More
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