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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
September 2016

Improving the Protection and Fair Treatment of Unaccompanied Children
By Jennifer Podkul and Megan McKenna

Unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children who are facing deportation proceedings,regardless of age,are not appointed attorneys to represent them in the complex immigration court process. Children are unable to navigate the U.S. immigration system without an attorney or raise a defense against a government attorney who is arguing for the child to be deported. Without the provision of representation, the United States risks sending large numbers of children back to grave harm, and even death. Children with attorneys are five times more likely to be successful in their claim for U.S. protection than those without.

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