Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Founded by Angelina Jolie and Microsoft to create a pro bono movement to provide quality and compassionate legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children.
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Primary geographic focus: NATIONAL
Organization type(s): National Association
Acronym or short name: KIND
Tags: Children & Juvenile, Immigration Process, Law Schools, Pro Bono

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.

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.



Where Are the Children?

Sarah Stillman
New Yorker
April 20, 2015
This feature piece shines a light on role of civil legal aid and immigration advocates for kids and families in detention.

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New Mission for Lawyers: Free Aid to Young Immigrants

Miriam Jordan
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
October 1, 2014
Attorneys at major U.S. law firms and corporations are volunteering to represent, at no cost, unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. illegally and lack access to justice.

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In NY, Volunteer Attorneys Lend Voice, Legal Help, To Border Kids

Raul A. Reyes
NBC News
March 23, 2015
An article describing how various civil legal aid organizations are helping unaccompanied border children.

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