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What is KIND?

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative non-profit organization founded by Microsoft Corporation and actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie. KIND is committed to helping provide competent and compassionate legal counsel to refugee and immigrant children who come to the United States without their parents or legal guardian. Many of these children are seeking a safe haven from human rights abuses, domestic violence and trafficking.

Why is KIND needed?

In FY 2012, nearly 14,000 children came alone to the United States and were placed in U.S. custody - double that of previous years. When these children are apprehended and face immigration proceedings, the majority must do so without a lawyer. Without counsel, most children can't understand the complex procedures they face and the options open to them. Too often, children with viable claims are not able to present them and are sent back to uncertain and often perilous fates, where their well-being, and even their lives, may be in danger.

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What is KIND’s mission?

KIND works to find pro bono lawyers to represent unaccompanied children. KIND has partnered with over 130 major law firms and corporations which have committed to providing pro bono representation. No immigration experience is necessary. KIND hosts trainings to teach attorneys about the immigration process and legal remedies available to children. KIND also provides comprehensive assistance and mentorship to the pro bono attorneys who take on cases throughout the process. KIND also advocates for changes in U.S. law, policy, and practice to protect the rights of unaccompanied children.

What is KIND's vision?

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.

What types of cases does KIND handle?

KIND helps children with a variety of immigration cases, including asylum, special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS), U and T visas, VAWA petitions, family based petitions, and other forms of protection from deportation.

Where is KIND?

KIND's headquarters are in Washington, DC. KIND has field offices in Baltimore, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New York City and Washington, D.C. KIND also has an affiliate in Seattle, Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice, VAIJ.

What if I know a child who needs help?

If you know an immigrant child who is in the United States alone and needs legal assistance, please contact the nearest KIND office.

How can I help KIND?

KIND needs compassionate and committed support. If you are an attorney or paralegal you can help in many ways; no immigration experience is necessary. You can help by providing "Know Your Rights" presentations to explain procedures, rights and remedies to children and their sponsors; or by conducting outreach activities to unaccompanied children and their family members at schools, churches and community centers. Attorneys can provide direct representation of children before immigration courts and other adjudicatory bodies, with substantive assistance from KIND.

KIND welcomes law students and others to interpret and translate during intake interviews, perform case follow-up and conduct community presentations, among other opportunities.

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