October 17, 2017
 
Kids in Need of Defense Gets 'Out of the Blue' $50K Grant

July 30, 2017 — Kids in Need of Defense, a Boston nonprofit that provides free legal representation to children who enter the U.S. immigration system alone, last week received an unsolicited grant of $50,000 to further its work.

The Out of the Blue grant, from The Boston Foundation, is awarded to organizations that serve Greater Boston and "demonstrate courageous and effective leadership within the organization, and an impactful leadership role in the community."

Based in Washington, D.C., but with a sizable field office in Boston, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) provides legal protection to children who enter the United States immigration system, providing them with legal resources and representation, either through KIND staff or in partnership with law offices that provide pro bono services for KIND clients.

In Greater Boston, KIND and pro bono partners represent more than 600 children, helping them navigate the legal process.

“KIND is honored to be awarded this prestigious grant from The Boston Foundation," said KIND President Wendy Young. "Unaccompanied children are five times more likely to gain U.S. protection with an attorney by their side, however without due process, many children may be sent back to the very danger they have fled. KIND works to ensure no child appears in court without an attorney by their side.

"The Out of the Blue grant will enable KIND’s Boston team to help even more children in need of vital legal services and gain the protection they deserve."

Paul Grogan, president and CEO of The Boston Foundation, noted, “The work that KIND performs ensures that some of the most vulnerable members of our society have the protection they deserve to get due process in the legal system. It is challenging in the best of times, and even more so in the current anti-immigration political climate. It is both a joy and an honor to present KIND with this year’s Out of the Blue grant."

According to KIND, 60% of children arriving in the U.S. have no one to represent them in immigration court, and children without representation are five times more likely to be deported back to a dangerous situation. Most unaccompanied children come from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, three of the most dangerous countries in the world. More than 200,000 unaccompanied children have arrived in the U.S. since 2014.

Nominations for the Out of the Blue grant program, launched in 2002, are made by Boston Foundation staff members, with one grant awarded each year.

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