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

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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April 16, 2020

Organizational Sign-On Letter Re: Expulsions of Unaccompanied Children

The undersigned organizations write to express our grave concern over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s expulsions of unaccompanied children at the U.S. southern border. These actions, whi...

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November 15, 2019

The Border, Trafficking, and Risks to Unaccompanied Children

In the last decade, children and young families have become the face of migration at the U.S.-Mexico border. Tens of thousands of children have made the life-threatening journey from their countries a...

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June 3, 2019

Blocked from Safety: Unaccompanied Children along the U.S.-Mexico Border

An update to The Protection Gauntlet, this KIND report explains the danger and challenges unaccompanied children currently face in Tijuana and other parts of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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December 21, 2018

The Protection Gauntlet: How the U.S. is Blocking Access to Asylum

We visited the formal and informal refugee camps and shelters in Tijuana, Mexico during December 2018. Here's what we found.

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July 26, 2019

The Invisible Wall: Obstacles to Protection along Mexico’s Southern Border

KIND visited Tapachula, Mexico in February and May of 2019, to learn about the experiences of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children along Mexico’s southern border. Here's what we found.

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May 16, 2018

Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Trump Administration's Assault on Protections

The Trump Administration has systematically rolled back protection for unaccompanied children. Learn more through our report.

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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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