Vice President, Policy and Advocacy
Jennifer Podkul is an international human rights lawyer and expert on child migration in the United States. She has authored articles, handbooks and reports and presents regularly as an expert at various conferences, briefings, and professional trainings. Jennifer provides technical assistance and education to policy makers and testifies before Congress on issues related to migrant children. She co-authored “Forced From Home: The Lost Boys and Girls from Central America” and was a contributing author to “Childhood, Migration, and Human Rights in Central and North America: Causes, Policies, Practices, and Challenges.” Jennifer has taught child migration at Georgetown Law Center’s Human Rights Institute. Jennifer began her legal career as an attorney at Ayuda in Washington, D.C. first as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and later as a KIND Fellow. Prior to joining KIND, Jennifer Podkul was a senior program officer at the Women’s Refugee Commission where she researched issues facing vulnerable migrants seeking protection in the United States and advocated for improved treatment. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, holds a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and a J.D. with honors from the Washington College of Law, American University, where she was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar.
As KIND’s Policy Director, Jason Boyd oversees policy initiatives to advance the rights of unaccompanied children in the U.S. immigration system. Throughout his career, he has worked to strengthen protections for vulnerable immigrant populations. Before joining KIND, Jason was Policy Counsel for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where he advocated for a more humane legal immigration process and fairer treatment of asylum seekers. He previously served as an Immigration Law Analyst at the CIS Ombudsman’s Office, helping develop recommendations to enhance the reach and efficiency of the Central American Minors Refugee/Parole program. He also worked as an Asylum Officer at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, adjudicating the asylum applications of numerous unaccompanied children who had fled persecution in Central America. In 2017, Jason detailed as Minority Counsel to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. He earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina and his J.D. with honors from the George Washington University Law School.
Deputy Director, Policy, Mexico
Catherine Mongeon serves as Deputy Director, Policy, Mexico where she advocates for regional solutions to address the particular vulnerabilities of unaccompanied children as they migrate in search of safety. Catherine joined KIND from the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights where she worked directly with unaccompanied children in federal custody and supervised independent child advocates in promoting the best interests of the children. Previously, Catherine worked at the US Agency for International Development in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. As a policy advisor, she led the bureau’s work on gender equality and social inclusion and worked on programs to address the root causes of child migration. Catherine received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law where she joined legal clinics focused on asylum representation, legal aid services, and human rights advocacy. Before attending law school, Catherine lived in rural Paraguay where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer working with teachers, youth, and a local NGO on community development projects.
State Policy Director
Cindy Liou first joined KIND in 2016 as the Deputy Director of Legal Services. Prior to KIND, she was the Director of the Human Trafficking Project at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, where she also co-counseled several civil litigation cases on behalf of human trafficking survivors, and provided direct legal representation for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse and exploitation, and hate crimes. She has also provided consulting and training on topics ranging from domestic violence lethality, strategies on addressing and messaging anti-violence issues with immigrant communities, language access, to the collaboration of legal services, social services, and law enforcement in cross-disciplinary teams. Cindy is also the author of several articles and manuals, and has provided extensive updates to the Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide developed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). She is the recipient of the 2013 San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking Modern Day Abolitionist Award for Policy and Advocacy and the 2018 Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award from the Freedom Network to Empower Trafficked and Enslaved Persons (USA). She also handled a variety of pro bono cases as an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC. Cindy is a graduate from Stanford Law School and the University of Washington.
Cristiana Little joined the Policy & Advocacy team in April 2021. After interning at Centro de Investigación y Prevención de la Criminalidad Económica (CIPCE) in Argentina, advocating for increased protections for human trafficking victims, Cristiana developed a strong interest in human migration – both voluntary and involuntary. Upon returning to the United States, she continued her work on this topic through various internships and research positions at CASA de Maryland, La Clinica del Pueblo, and American University. In 2019, she graduated from American University with a master’s degree in international development and a concentration in Migration. During her graduate studies she received grants for research projects centered on immigrant’s access to healthcare and insurance, assessing levels of fear of deportation in the LGBTQ immigrant community, and identifying the push/pull factors of migration in the Northern Triangle region. Prior to joining KIND, she worked as a research consultant for American University’s Center for Latin American & Latino studies preparing country condition reports and expert testimony to support asylum seekers in the United States.
Deputy Director, Policy
At KIND, Cory engages in outreach and advocacy to support the fair and appropriate treatment of unaccompanied children in the U.S. immigration system. Prior to coming to KIND, Cory worked as a researcher for a labor arbitrator. She has worked previously as the Manager of Federal Policy for the U.S. Green Building Council, and has interned and held positions at several nonprofit organizations. Cory has a B.A. in Journalism, Spanish, and International Studies from Penn State University, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellow. After law school, Cory served as a law clerk to a federal magistrate judge in the Eastern District of New York.
Policy & Advocacy Fellow
Ben is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he prioritized policy advocacy, immigration law, and civil rights law. As a third-year law student he worked with KIND and CASA through the Federal Legislation Clinic. He previously interned with the Judiciary Committee office of Senator Leahy, Equal Justice Under Law, and the DC Office of Human Rights. Prior to law school Ben taught kindergarten and elementary school English in South Korea. He lives in Washington, DC with his girlfriend and their dog.