The child migration crisis in the United States continues to escalate. The Obama Administration estimates up to 90,000 children from Latin American countries will be apprehended and taken into custody this year, many of them unaccompanied by adults.
FEMA and other agencies are providing refugee children at the US border with basic necessities. It is the next level of need — ensuring the human rights and legal protection of the individual refugees — that is the focus of our current beneficiaries:
KIND was founded to provide quality and compassionate pro bono legal representation and protection of basic human rights for unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States. KIND is the leading organization protecting children who enter the US immigration system alone and strives to ensure that no such child is without a legal advocate. KIND also assists in safe repatriation to the child's home country or safe integration into the U.S. as appropriate and works to shift both the public conversation and policy in a sustainable and humane direction.
The Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights Project is a nonprofit organization providing free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Arizona. Although the federal government provides public defenders for indigent criminal defendants, it does not provide attorneys for people in immigration removal proceedings. As a result, an estimated 86 percent of immigrant detainees go unrepresented due to poverty. The Florence Project strives to address this inequity through direct service, partnerships with the community, and advocacy and outreach efforts.