Legal Services

No Child Should Face Immigration Court Alone

KIND provides attorneys to represent children at no cost. We have been referred more than 20,000 children in need of legal assistance. We have built a robust training network of over 50,000 participants and more than 644 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.  

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Hear from Our Attorneys

"Helping the clients in these cases, the children themselves, is really what I am passionate about. These kids are caught in the crossfire of this very dangerous and daunting situation in their home countries and the political strife around immigration in this country. But these are just two young girls who are trying to have a safe childhood with a loving family member, just like any other kids would."
Kira Hettinger Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
"We all have a responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves."
Kurt Hansson Global Vice-Chairman of Paul Hastings LLP
"While the family and Layla won this asylum case because of their ability to tell their story, without attorneys, they wouldn’t have known the stories to tell and the importance of the experiences they had, I don’t think she would have had a shot without an attorney."
Elaine Blais Goodwin Procter LLP
"These kids have nothing else — they don’t have any safety net — we are that safety net…As a lawyer it was an extremely rewarding experience to know that you have a direct impact on helping someone, on changing and molding that person’s life’s story. It really doesn’t get any more rewarding than that."
Buck Dixon Troutman Sanders LLP

FAQs

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 72 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.

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