K is for KIND: Kids in Need of Defense

Posted: April 25, 2011 in Charity, Children, Free Legal, Helping Others

KIND is an organization dedicated to providing unaccompanied immigrant children legal counsel so they are treated fairly and compassionately in the immigration system. Kids in Need of Defense is a partner collaboration between Microsoft and famed humanitarian Angelina Jolie. It provides a pro bono legal network of law firms, corporate law departments, NGOs and volunteers to protect the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children.

Over 8,000 children come into the U.S. and have to face the immigration courts alone. With the help of KIND these children can now have access to free legal counsel that will help them navigate the complex terrain of immigration courts.

Some of the children that come into the U.S. unaccompanied have fled from war torn homes, been abandoned, been victims of sex trafficking and/or have fled from severe abuse and sought a safe haven. These children are not given legal counsel when held in detention centers. According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights report, “Considering the complexity of immigration proceedings, the Inter-American Commission is deeply concerned that State-funded legal representation is not provided to unaccompanied children. A February 2009 Women’s Refugee Commission report estimated that approximately 60% of unaccompanied children do not have legal representation in their immigration proceedings.”

To donate or offer services please visit KIND and help Kids in Need of Defense.

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