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Earlier this month, @supportKIND visited #Honduras, which has one of the highest homicide rates outside a war zone, and where many of our young clients are from. Children see violence constantly. They see dead bodies on the street, hear about massacres. In some areas, local soccer teams are controlled by gangs so kids can’t even play soccer without fear of recruitment. Join us on Facebook LIVE this Tuesday at 11:30am ET as KIND’s Senior Director of Gender and Migration Initiatives, Rachel Dotson, discusses all that she saw in Honduras and why children flee to the U.S. #StandwithRefugees #AsylumSeekers #Asylum #HumanRights #KidsTakeAStand #KeepFamiliesTogether

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Last week, @supportKIND team members traveled to Honduras to learn about the violence and other issues forcing children to flee the country. Their findings were ALARMING To learn more about our findings in Honduras and how you can #StandwithRefugees, join us next Tuesday at 11:30am ET for a Facebook Live debrief

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Thank you so much to @raphigottesman and to all the fantastic musicians and supporters who came together in Berkeley, CA last night for a Benefit concert and event in support of KIND! We are so grateful for your support and for inviting KIND’s Florence Chamberlin to share stories about our family separation work. It was an incredible evening and thanks to your generosity, we are able to continue our work to provide safety and legal representation to immigrant and refugee children alone. Thank you! #GivingKINDNess

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Clara Haignere, from a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, held a back to school drive with members from UUCs throughout NJ. They were able to gather 37 backpacks and 24 of these were loaded with supplies. Additional supplies such as notebooks, erasers, pens, binders, and more were also included. Thank you so much to UUC for your generosity! These school donations will be provided to KIND clients during KIND’s Newark office’s resource fair on August 17. If you are in the northern New Jersey region and would like more information on how to donate school supplies prior to August 17 for our upcoming resource fair, please contact us at infoNewark@supportkind.org. #GivingKINDness

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The conditions at the border are horrific and unsafe for thousands of asylum seekers– shelters lacked food, health care, and legal services. Children have nowhere to play, learn, or feel safe. KIND met a mother and her 12-year-old son who were harassed and threatened by a group of men when the left the shelter to buy more food. We heard from children in an LGBTI shelter – which severely lacked resources – that they were too scared to leave the shelter, in fear of being targeted. We met a young boy, about 5 years old, whose torso was covered in red spots and was malnourished. Because of the Trump Administration’s cruel #RemainInMexico policy, children and their families are forced to remain in dangerous and unsanitary conditions while they wait for their immigration court date. They are desperately seeking safety and bearing the brunt and cruelty of Trump’s senseless policies. Tune in to KIND’s Facebook TODAY at 2:30pm EST to learn how you can help! (https://bit.ly/31a5fBm)

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KIND’s Newark office is preparing for our first resource fair on August 17, and we'd like to give a special shout out to our volunteer Fatima ( @fatimagj20) for designing this awesome #donation box & her friend Diego @FitBodyWorkx in Kearny, NJ for placing the box at his location to collect supplies for us! We're so grateful for your kindness and support! #GivingKINDness

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KIND staff went to the border last week where thousands of asylum seekers are being held. We met an 18-year-old Honduran boy who had tears rolling down his face. He left his home country to escape from horrific gang violence. He begged CBP to let him into the U.S. as he feared for his life in Honduras only to be told by the officer that he was “lying” and that he must be a gang member himself. He is suffering deeply because of the Trump Administration’s senseless policies. Tune in to KIND’s Facebook this Thursday, August 1, at 2:30pm EST to learn more about what we saw at the border and how you can help! Click the link in our bio to read more. #AsylumSeekers #ProtectFamilies

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We are so grateful to supporters like these in California, who participated in @lawyermomsofamerica #KidsTakeAStand campaign this past weekend. Did you know that immigrant children - some only a few months old - are not guaranteed a lawyer? Thanks to your support, KIND can continue to provide free, high-quality legal representation for these kids. Thank you!! #GivingKINDness Posted @withrepost • @lawyermomsofamerica Thanks for taking a stand in California! #kidstakeastand #lawyermoms #lawyermomsofamerica #lawyermomsfoundation

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The Trump Administration has initiated another devastating attack on the U.S. asylum system. The agreement signed on Friday between the U.S. and Guatemalan governments will force asylum seekers from Honduras and El Salvador to pursue safety in Guatemala, even though Guatemala is utterly unable to protect them from persecution. Those forced to seek asylum in Guatemala will face persecution and an asylum system that has almost no capacity to handle their cases. KIND rejects this agreement as outrageous, irresponsible, and illegal. See the link in our bio for more details on this dangerous agreement. https://bit.ly/2MsZScr #ProtectFamilies #KeepFamiliesTogether #AsylumSeekers

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We are so grateful to South Modesto Partnerships (@smp_modesto )for giving two of our families from south Modesto, in California’s Central Valley, gift cards for clothing, school supplies, gas and groceries. @smp_modesto is a non-profit organization that mobilizes faith groups, neighbors, private and public partners to support the health and well-being of the south Modesto community. They have been extremely supportive of KIND's Central Valley office and have partnered with us to host a resource fair for Modesto clients, as well as to sponsor families at times. Thank you SMP for your support! #GivingKINDness

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KIND staff returned from a fact-finding trip to Mexico, where asylees are being held back from the U.S. border. The situation for families is dire. A shelter KIND visited was lacking sufficient food; Families told KIND that if they wanted more food, they would have to buy it themselves, and they must buy their own water. Some shelters have no air conditioning despite the crushing nearly 100 degree temperatures in Juarez in summer time. Very sick children who have been presented for an MPP medical exemption are being routinely denied, putting their health at grave risk.There are almost no activities for children there – no school or classes, organized recreational activities, or creative outlets. On one day, a father approached KIND after a legal rights presentation offered by a local attorney. He said, “My son is not eating much anymore. He’s also barely talking and he’s lost weight. He used to be very active, but not anymore.” This child’s suffering is a direct result of the Trump Administration’s cruel and senseless “Remain in Mexico” policy. Click the link in our bio to read more.

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KIND conducted meetings and observations together with Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Matías de Córdova A.C. to Tapachula, Mexico in February and May 2019. Together, we identified several areas of concern regarding unaccompanied children’s access to international protection, best interests determinations and legal representation, and shelter and basic services. This report sets out our concerns and provides recommendations for the governments of Mexico and the United States to ensure the rights and protection of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children in southern Mexico. Full report in English and Spanish in link in bio: https://bit.ly/32ThiV4 #CentralAmerica #AsylumSeekers #Tapachula #SouthernMexico #LegalRepresentation

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Thank you so much @shawnmendes for raising your voice in support of KIND and our work to ensure safety and legal representation to immigrant and refugee children alone! Repost from @shawnmendes using @RepostRegramApp - Keep families together.. Please support organizations like @supportKIND, that are working to #protectfamilies imprisoned at the border. supportkind.org

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Our KIND clients are incredible! Yesterday in #NYC (Key Food Supermarkets on the Street at East 4th and Ave A), 15 of them unveiled a large-scale public mural that reflects on their experiences and their artistic contributions. Through the arts and technology, these young immigrant teens are sharing the human stories of fleeing conflict, arriving to an unfamiliar country, and their journey adapting and surviving in a new environment. Stay tuned for more updates on what’s to come with this awesome group of youth and their work with the amazing team of artists @artolution! Swipe above to see these powerful works of art! #MuralArt #CentralAmericanYouth #AsylumSeekers #BeyondTheWall

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The Trump Administration continues to tear families apart in cruel and inhumane ways. Tragedies like this will only continue as families are forced to wait in Mexico for their legal right to apply for asylum. YOU CAN HELP! (link in bio).

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KIND Statement: Trump Administration Sets Incredibly Dangerous Global Precedent on Asylum. "This abrupt and unilateral action decimates the U.S. international protection system that was created after World War II to ensure that we do not again turn the persecuted away from safety and return them to their deaths. This sets an incredibly dangerous global precedent that would endanger millions of lives worldwide and could block access to protection for those most in need, which would only further destabilize countries and regions of the world experiencing severe violence, corruption, and impunity.” More in link in bio: https://bit.ly/2JWKUIP #AsylumSeekers

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Children’s reports of sexual assault, verbal and emotional abuse, threats, and retaliation by agents during their time in CBP custody are horrific. The accounts of prolonged detention of children in inhumane, unsanitary, and unsafe conditions at CBP facilities in Clint, Texas, and elsewhere are unacceptable. KIND has long advocated for reform and accountability to ensure the safety and well-being of children in our government’s custody. See here our Recommendations to Combat Abuse and Harm of Children in CBP Custody. Link in bio. https://bit.ly/2LdAuY9

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Bring your music, poetry, drums, words, passion, theatre, outrage, and love join artists from El Paso & around the country for an ARTISTIC UPRISING on the El Paso border. Stand up for freedom, dignity, and the rights of immigrants and #asylumseekers. . . . . #ThisIsAnArtisticRising #RiseInSolidarity #ImmigrantsAndRefugeesWelcomeHere

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Providing adequate care and protection to immigrant children is not a partisan issue. Children need and deserve care regardless of where they are born. See more from KIND (link in bio) on what you can do today to take action and help detained immigrant children! Among these actions, you can: 1. Donate - Help support KIND and our work to provide aid and legal representation to unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. 2. Raise your voice and spread the word! Follow KIND on our social media platforms ( @supportkind) for the latest news and information about the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. See our resource for the hashtags to use. 3. Contact your Senator and Representative - Demand appropriate and safe conditions at detention centers. See our resource for more information on legislation to support. Thank you all for your support! #GivingKINDness

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[NEW RESOURCE] We raised our voices before and stopped Trump’s zero tolerance policy before. Now we must do so again to stop injustice and cruelty against detained children. Learn what you can do to help immigrant children with our new KIND resource. Link to resource in bio . . . . #ProtectFamilies #KeepFamiliesTogether #EndFamilyDetention #ImmigrantJustice #HeretoStay #AsylumSeekers

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KIND works with children to ensure they have an attorney by their side in immigration court. But we do so much more to help these children beyond legal aid! We advocate for the protection of child refugees around the world. We connect our child clients with critical healthcare, educational resources, and more through our social services programming. We help children returning to Central America and help prevent sexual & gender based violence against at-risk girls. We help and support children who were forcibly separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Learn more about KIND and how you can get involved to help these children today (link in bio) https://supportkind.org/our-work/

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KIND documented the desperation of families waiting in Tijuana for the opportunity to seek asylum in the U.S. We observed this toddler recovering from a seizure without medical assistance. He was scraping dried formula out of an empty can. His mother had half a bottle of water left. In trying to reach safety they found themselves at the crossroads of international trade yet living precariously without resources on the streets of one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico. In honor of #WorldRefugeeDay, we kindly ask you to call your Senators and urge them to co-sponsor the CARE Act which would condition assistance to Northern Triangle governments to address the #rootcauses of the violence and instability that are driving migration to the U.S. and would also ensure fair, orderly & efficient processing of those seeking asylum at our border. We also urge you to raise your voice against the Trump Administration’s reckless and dangerous #RemainInMexico policy. More information about this cruel policy here: https://bit.ly/2HdFNEi #WRD2019

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What would you do under these extreme circumstances? A mother we met explained why she fled Honduras in search of protection and asylum for herself and young daughter - “My country couldn’t protect us.” These children are fleeing for their lives. They are #refugees. In honor of #WorldRefugeeDay, learn how you can help ensure life-saving legal assistance and protection for these children and families (link in bio). http://bit.ly/donatewrd2019 #WRD2019 #refugeechildren #CentralAmericanRefugees

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Tomorrow is #WorldRefugeeDay, a day when we reflect on the millions of refugees and forcibly displaced people around the world and the communities that welcome them. KIND works with thousands of children who have come to the U.S. seeking protection from ongoing violence plaguing their communities in Central America. As a father who was separated from his father said, “we are human beings.” Help us ensure that these children and families are treated with fairness and compassion as they apply for protection in the U.S. (Link in bio). #WRD2019 https://bit.ly/2tCzlts

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We’re so thankful to @DWTLaw & @Microsoft for supporting KIND Seattle's Volunteer Appreciation Reception held on June 11! Over 70 attendees congratulated the 8 awardees and enjoyed remarks from retired Immigration Judge Paul DeFonzo & musical performances from two of our clients who played the electric guitar and a song. Awardees at KIND’s Seattle's Volunteer Appreciation Reception included: David Maas & Amanda McDowell @DWTLaw & Gregg Wisdom of @Microsoft for going above and beyond for their clients, Kelly Vomacka & Marc Boman of Perkins Coie LLP for being a superhero to unaccompanied children; and Lizette Prestwich of @amazon, Miguel Rodé of @Microsoft, and Jane Frissell of Perkins Coie LLP for ensuring access to counsel. We are so grateful to all of you for your continued support in our work to provide representation and protection to unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children! #GivingKINDness #KINDSeattle

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This Thursday is #WorldRefugeeDay when we recognize children and families like this father separated from his son and daughter during the Trump Administration’s horrific “zero tolerance” policy. Families are escaping extreme violence and persecution, and possible death. Learn more how you can help separated families (link in bio). https://bit.ly/2tCzlts #WRD2019

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This Honduran mother was separated from her young son last summer during the Trump Administration’s cruel “zero tolerance” policy. She’s one of the many parents KIND met at a detention center in Texas. As we reflect on #WorldRefugeeDay this Thursday, we recognize the many refugee parents who fight hard to provide the protection their children so desperately need. You can help support separated families (link in bio): http://bit.ly/donatewrd2019 #WRD2019

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KIND works with fathers every day who would sacrifice anything for their children. Honor a father in your life and give the gift of hope to refugee and immigrant families. You can double your impact: all donations made today up to $5,000 will be matched dollar for dollar! (click the link our bio) • • #FathersDay #HappyFathersDay #immigrantfamilies #GivingKINDness

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Don’t forget Father’s Day is this Sunday! Honor a father in your life by supporting KIND – you can double your impact because we’ll be matching all donations up to $5,000 through the weekend. Give the gift of hope to families today. (link in our bio) • • #fathersday #fathersdaygifts #GivingKINDness #immigrantfamilies

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Today KIND and @hiasrefugees announced a new joint project to provide representation to forcibly separated immigrant and refugee families who have come to the U.S. seeking safety. This collaboration will help families like Jane* and her two young children. Jane fled to the U.S. from Honduras with her children after suffering years of physical and emotional abuse by her husband. She had no protection from his violence, including incidents when he nearly killed her. When Jane and her children arrived in the U.S., they were forcibly separated without explanation. The children were also separated from each other and sent to different parts of the country. Jane did not know where her children were for over two months and whether she was going to see them again. The family has since reunited and is embarking on a difficult journey as they navigate a complex immigration legal system. Jane and her children are in different legal proceedings and will require different legal strategies to gain protection. The project will leverage the resources and skills of each organization to ensure that reunified asylum-seeking families have the free, high-quality pro bono legal assistance they desperately need. Learn more about the project by clicking the link in our bio! • • • #FamilySeparation #LegalServices #ProBono #CentralAmericanRefugees

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The Trump Administration is threatening to end funding for legal aid, educational, and recreational services for immigrant and refugee children in shelters. KIND provides life-saving support to children, including critical legal services. Read more about the threats in the @washingtonpost and help KIND continue to protect children by visiting the link in our bio. • • #immigrantchildren #refugeechildren #centralamericanrefugees

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Want to know more about the 17,700 children we’ve helped find safe haven in the U.S.? Swipe to learn more about their journey to safety and how we can all help protect them! #KINDinAction #AskKIND #AsylumSeeker

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Asylum is used a lot in today’s news, but what does it really mean? Swipe to learn more about this legal process and how KIND helps children seeking protection in the U.S. #KINDinAction #AskKIND #AsylumSeekers

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"Although immigration issues have become divisive and partisan, no one I have spoken to of any political persuasion thinks it is acceptable for a child to die when they are in our government’s custody." Read our latest blog from KIND's Jen Podkul (link in bio) on what needs to be done to protect children and families at the border who are seeking protection. As Jen writes, “Tonight, I will go home, hug my own children extra tight. And vow to keep fighting tomorrow. Will you?” Help us take action by calling DHS and telling them to use bipartisan federal funding to provide child welfare professionals to children and families arriving at our border seeking protection: 877-227-5511. #immigrantchildren #takeaction #immigrantrights #refugeechildren #centralamericanrefugees

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KIND is expanding our play therapy project, thanks to support from Johnson & Johnson! Last weekend, KIND staff and our partners from @njcuniversity (NJCU) painted the play therapy room in Union City, NJ, that we will start to use in a few weeks, rented from our partner Centro Comunitario(CEUS). Big thanks to the lead volunteer at CEUS who helped spearhead this project. We can't wait to begin play therapy there! #GIVINGKINDness

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Immigrant and refugee children have experienced monumental challenges in their lives – dangerous migration journeys, detention centers, and unknown futures in the US. This summer, 15 KIND kids will work with @Artolution to share their struggles and hopes for the future as they create a public mural in NYC using their migration stories as inspiration. You can be a part of this project and help them tell their powerful stories. Link in bio.

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Although these families never should have been separated, their reunions are proof that when we unite and use our voices, we can truly make a difference. Now let's focus on reuniting all families and supporting the children who've experienced #FamilySeparation. Together, we can help them heal and restore hope in their lives. Click the link in our bio to read their reunion stories from @nytimes #FamilyMatters 📷from @nytimes by Todd Heisler

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It's #InternationalDayofFamilies! Today we're celebrating all the immigrant families who make our country strong & full of rich diversity. Go to our story to see the incredible support for families from our KIND community! 💕 #FamilyDay #FamilyMatters #WeAreKIND

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We know how much #FamilyMatters. That's we're working around the clock to make sure every refugee child is safe and reunited with their loved ones. 💖 Tag a loved one you cherish below! #KeepFamiliesTogether #KINDinAction

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Thank you so much to the students of Ms. Emily Pfister at Bown-Munro Elementary School in East Brunswick, New Jersey for the welcome posters displayed at KIND’s New Jersey office waiting room. Ms. Pfister’s students made posters for KIND, after chatting with our staff during a lesson where they learned about refugees. The photo above shows a 4 year old boy who was separated from his mother last summer and is now reunited and working with KIND. He is pointing to his favorite poster and explaining that the picture on the top is his favorite because it has a flag. We are so grateful to our amazing community of supporters, like Ms. Pfister’s elementary school class, who are putting smiles on these children’s faces! #GivingKINDness #WeAreKIND #endfamilyseparation #refugeechildren

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Here's how you can help #KeepFamiliesTogether and protect refugee children RIGHT NOW: http://bit.ly/howtoHELP 1) Sign our petition & join half a million people who've already stood up against a policy that goes against our American values and morals. 2) Spread the word & share children's stories - remind everyone that many kids and families still need our help! 3) Contact your Senator and Congressperson: Use your voice! Urge them to #EndFamilySeparation & pass laws that strengthen protections for refugee and immigrant children.

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Remember when this happened? Separating families is cruel and immoral, but this collective heartbreak will bring us together for the sake of refugee and immigrant children. It's on us to protect our world's most vulnerable. We must unite to #EndFamilySeparation for good and to reunite all families torn apart simply for seeking safety in the U.S. #ChildrenAbovePolitics

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In response to family separation, our teams took on nearly 400 cases of children separated from their parents and gave legal advice to over 200 parents. In the last year alone, KIND trained hundreds of attorneys and grew our critical care social services and regional programming to help separated children. With your support, we're reunifying families and restoring hope in these children's lives. KIND continues to be on the front lines of this persistent crisis - and it's all because of you! See our impact: http://bit.ly/KINDResponse

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This fight is far from over, but together, we can put an end to family separations for good. Help us stop this cruel policy immediately and continue reunifying children and families through our Family Separation Response Team - link in our bio. #KeepFamiliesTogether #EndFamilySeparation #KeepFamiliesTogether #AsylumSeekers

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Are families still being separated for seeking safety? YES Why?! 👉 Read our FAQ in our bio for more info: "Family separation- one of the most high profile methods of deterrence by this Administration- has been condemned across the board, yet separations are continuing to happen on a regular basis and we don’t know why." - Jen Podkul, KIND Senior Director for Policy and Advocacy #KeepFamiliesTogether #EndFamilySeparation #UntilEveryFamilyIsReunited 📷 Photo credit Lori Barra, 2019.

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This time last year, protests erupted across the country as the horrific news of children being separated from their parents made headlines. Recent findings have also shown that there's "no way to know exactly how many separations occurred because kids were released from custody before the government started keeping track" @CNN takes a close look at how we got here and what's next.- link in bio #EndFamiliySeparation #KeepFamiliesTogether #ReuniteFamilies

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Many of KIND’s child clients have endured sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Central America. KIND is breaking the cycle of violence against girls and providing solutions – SGBV prevention workshops, mental health counseling, and more. By giving today, you can join our fight for solutions that will provide safe futures for girls. Link in bio. #WeAreKIND #RefugeeChildren #ImmigrantChildren

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As Americans and as human beings, we wholeheartedly agree that supporting asylum seekers is the right thing to do. It's more important than ever to come together and treat children traveling alone and with families with compassion. What are some of your American values? Share them below! #WEAREKIND #AsylumSeekers #RefugeeChildren #ImmigrantChildren

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Through our legal services work, KIND is protecting children who, without us, would face the immigration process all on their own. We believe every child deserves a fair shot at a safe future – especially those who have risked everything to find safe haven. Help ensure children always have an attorney by their side and support our work today. Link in bio. 📷 Photo by Lori Barra, 2019 #WeAreKIND #RefugeeChildren #ImmigrantChildren

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KIND LA’s Soccer Day earlier this month for our clients was a huge success! So grateful to everyone who helped put together this awesome event and we were so happy to see the joy, and very impressive soccer skills, of our participating clients. The event had delicious food and every client also got to take home a pair of cleats, shoes, jerseys, shorts, socks, and most importantly, plenty of smiles. Check out some images from the day above! #GivingKINDness