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Young and Alone, Facing Court and Deportation

"Harlingen, Texas. – The judge called his next case, scanning the courtroom. The immigrant who was facing deportation rose to his feet, in a clean T-shirt and khaki pants several sizes too large, with his name – JUAN – printed on a tag around his neck. But the judge could not see him. Juan's head did not rise above the court's wooden benches. Juan David Gonzalez was 6 years old."

Julia Preston, New York Times, Young and Alone, Facing court and Deportation, August 26, 2012

Recently, I wrote to you about the growing child migration emergency in the U.S.

On Sunday, a New York Times article described the predicament of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children facing deportation and how organizations like Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) are struggling to connect them with pro bono attorneys.

KIND urgently needs the financial support of friends like you – people who believe that no child should face immigration court alone, caring individuals who understand how access to legal representation can change a child’s life. Your [gift] in any amount will enable KIND to reach and help more of these vulnerable children.

The issues are complicated. What KIND does is straightforward. We recruit and train pro bono lawyers, we conduct comprehensive intake interviews with children referred to us, we match the children with volunteer lawyers ,and mentor and follow each case as long as needed. But we need additional resources to meet the unprecedented and continuing need.

Each child’s story is unique. But each case represents an unaccompanied child seeking protection and the opportunity for a better life.   Please consider a [contribution] to help ensure that each young Juan or Liliana gets his or her best chance. Thank you.



Wendy Young
Executive Director