Robust Advocacy

Preserving Vital Protections for Children

KIND’s Policy and Advocacy team promotes the fair and appropriate treatment of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. We educate policymakers and the public about experiences and conditions that force children to migrate alone, barriers that prevent them from fairly accessing U.S. protection, and the challenges and dangers they may face if returned to the countries they fled. 

Our team engages with federal agencies, Members of Congress, and other policymakers to support policies that protect children throughout their journey to safety. Drawing upon lessons learned through our representation of thousands of unaccompanied children, we provide technical assistance to policymakers to promote safe and developmentally appropriate treatment of unaccompanied children in federal immigration custody, child-sensitive measures for processing and adjudicating children’s cases, and safeguards to ensure no child is returned to harm.


What We Do

Educate Decision Makers

We educate local, state and national decision-makers about unaccompanied children, the root causes of their migration, family separation, and other issues affecting children alone. 

Advance Protections

We identify opportunities to promote protections for unaccompanied children through legislation, regulations, policies, programs, and services. 

Promote Action

We educate Members of Congress so they can support legislation that protects children alone, improves safety in Central America, and provides fair access to the U.S. immigration system and to legal services.

Key Policy Reports

January 19, 2022

Statement for Record: For the Rule of Law, An Independent Immigration Court

Unaccompanied migrant children are among the world’s most vulnerable individuals. They have traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to the United States, often completely on their own, to escape ext...

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December 16, 2021

KIND and the End SIJS Backlog Coalition Endorse the Immigrant Victim and Witness Protection Act of 2021

The Immigrant Victim and Witness Protection Act of 2021 (H.R. 6078), introduced by Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), is groundbreaking legislation that would eliminate an arbitrary limit on the ann...

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January 13, 2022

Left in Limbo: Why Special Immigrant Juveniles Need Employment Authorization

Patricia,1 a 21-year-old Salvadoran woman, received her green card in 2021, almost six years after fleeing El Salvador due to parental abuse. During most of this time, despite qualifying for Special I...

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September 2, 2021

Protecting Afghan Unaccompanied and Separated Children Arriving in the United States

Five months after the evacuation of U.S. allies from Afghanistan, many of the unaccompanied Afghan children—brought to the U.S. in the aftermath of the evacuation—remain separated from their paren...

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April 27, 2021

Recommendations for a Root Causes Strategy

As the nation’s leading organization advocating for the rights of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children, KIND provides pro bono legal representation for over 5,000 unaccompanied children in imm...

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KIND Supports Three Immigration Bills

KIND would like to thank Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) for their leadership in introducing three important immigration bills which will improve the overall care and treatment of immigrant children the U.S. southern border.

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