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Legislative Advocacy

KIND works to ensure that legislation in Congress addresses the needs of unaccompanied children and improves their protection.

KIND closely follows all legislation; in particular, KIND worked to ensure that the Senate Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, S.744, includes important protections for unaccompanied children. The bill passed the Senate in June 2013; you can read about the unaccompanied children's provisions here. KIND urges the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 15, a comprehensive immigration reform bill introduced by Representative Joe Garcia on October 2, 2013, that is nearly identical to S. 744, but without the extremely punitive and expensive border provisions. Read more here.

KIND also worked to help pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2013 (see pg 84 of PDF, 127 STAT. 136) introduced by Senators Leahy, Kerry, and Brown to ensure the further protection of unaccompanied children in the United States. The bill builds upon provisions of the TVPRA 2008, introduced by Sen. Leahy, which became law in December 2008, and significantly enhanced the protection of unaccompanied children in the United States.

KIND also worked to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), which also became law in early 2013.

KIND is also supporting other legislation, including: