KIND Attorney of the Month: Bill Ecenbarger, helped gain status for young girl from Guinea

"Seventeen-year-old Jeannette, from Guinea, struggled to find legal assistance to help her make her case for U.S. protection. She was scared to return to her home country but could not find a lawyer to help her. She was in despair, trying to accept the fact that without the ability to make her...

Law firm is kind to KIND

"Over the past year, KIND has partnered with the law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP to complete an innovative pro bono effort designed to streamline KIND's operations and better equip its staff to carry out KIND's mission to help unaccompanied immigrant children navigate the U.S. immigration...

Pro bono attorneys to the rescue in emergency Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases

"With time running short for two KIND clients, Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Jon Janow volunteered to help. Jon's clients – Alberto and Carolina, both from Central America – were children who were on the verge of ageing out of eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status...

Tiana Butcher, KIND Pro Bono Attorney of the Month

"Tiana Butcher, an associate in Nixon Peabody's Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group, first learned about Noel shortly after she began working in the firm's Washington, DC office. She was told that two colleagues needed help on a case. Tiana was moved after hearing...

KIND Pro Bono Hero: Enrique Longton

"Enrique Longton, an associate at Covington & Burling's Washington, D.C. office, ... volunteered to represent two young siblings from El Salvador, who had been abandoned by their mother and left at the Texas border to fend for themselves. Enrique is being honored as KIND's PBA...

KIND Pro Bono Attorney of the Month: Stacey Hsiang Chun Wang

"Los Angeles-based Holland & Knight litigation associate Stacey Hsiang Chun Wang is a KIND pro bono attorney and human rights advocate. Through her pro bono work, she has specialized primarily in handling cases involving human trafficking victims from China. Utilizing her language skills to...

Child Migrants, Alone in Court

"In a nation that prides itself on the fact that everyone accused of a crime — murderers, rapists — has the right to a lawyer, undocumented immigrants, even when they are unaccompanied children, are not entitled to a public defender. Although some children are represented by pro bono...

Katie Chatterton, Pro Bono Superstar for KIND (Kids in Need of Defense)

"Katie Chatterton, an associate at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Houston, is no stranger to working with vulnerable children in immigration court. Katie recently won immigration status for her third KIND client and is already working on her fourth case. Katie's recent win marks both her first juvenile...

News Excerpts From the Oct. 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Revises Policy on False Claims to Citizenship: In a pair of letters sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in late August and early September, the administration confirmed that individuals charged with making false claims to U.S. citizenship can raise as an affirmative defense...

A Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System

"CGRS and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) have collaborated to produce an important report urging lawmakers to reform the U.S. immigration system for migrant children who are coming to our borders with surging frequency. They come, often unaccompanied by an adult, in search of safety, stability,...

Advocates Call for Court-Appointed Attorneys for Immigrant Children and Teens

"Two immigrant advocacy groups recommended this morning that minors in immigration court be appointed government attorneys and that asylum regulations be liberalized to cover the special needs of migrant minors who come into the U.S. unlawfully without a parent or guardian. The recommendations...

Report: A Treacherous Journey - Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System

"CGRS and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) have collaborated to produce an important report urging lawmakers to reform the U.S. immigration system for migrant children who are coming to our borders with surging frequency. They come, often unaccompanied by an adult, in search of safety, stability,...