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What is KIND?
KIND was founded by Angelina Jolie and the Microsoft Corporation to create a pro bono movement of law firms, corporations, nongovernmental organizations, universities and volunteers to provide quality and compassionate legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States.
KIND serves as the leading organization for the protection of unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone and strives to ensure that no such child appears in immigration court without representation. We achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child's best interests, safety, and well-being.
How Does KIND Provide Legal Services?
KIND has offices in eight cities in the United States - Baltimore, Boston, Houston, Newark, New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington DC. KIND finds pro bono attorneys in highly regarded law firms and corporations who agree to represent KIND's child clients in their immigration proceedings. KIND pro bono coordinators in each office provide training on representing unaccompanied children in the U.S. immigration system and comprehensive mentorship until the case is completed. No immigration experience is necessary.
KIND advocates for changes in U.S. law, policy, and practice to improve the treatment and protection of unaccompanied children in the United States. We do this through administrative and legislative advocacy and through public outreach and trainings.
Helping Children Who Are Returning Home
KIND recognizes that not all unaccompanied children are eligible to remain in the United States, but we firmly believe that these children deserve lawyers to help them return in the best way possible. Through a pilot project in Guatemala — the Guatemalan Child Return and Reintegration Project — KIND and its partner The Global Fund for Children, helps ensure that children returning to their communities in Guatemala have access to the basic services they need to remain safely and securely, as often the conditions that caused them to leave remain the same.
How You Can Help
KIND needs compassionate and committed volunteers who can help make a real difference in the lives of unaccompanied children. Gain valuable legal skills while changing the life of a child forever. Please read here about how you can represent a child or provide other assistance.
To make a donation to KIND please click here. KIND is a 501(c )3 organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.