Name of Host Organization: Kids in Need of Defense
City, State: Boston, Massachusetts
Issue area: Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: Microsoft Corporation, Sidley Austin LLP
Beth is providing direct representation to unaccompanied immigrant female minors in the Boston area who have been victims of gender-based violence. She is also collaborating with mental health and medical providers to increase access to critical social services for these children.
Need Addressed By Project
In recent months, the numbers of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in their home countries and entering the U.S. alone has increased significantly. These minors are being immediately placed in expedited deportation proceedings. Beth’s clients are among the most vulnerable unaccompanied minors whose well-being—and even their lives—are at risk if they are deported. Children cannot successfully navigate the complex immigration legal system alone, yet they are not afforded the right to appointed counsel in immigration proceedings. Beth’s project provides critical legal representation to traumatized children who would otherwise have to participate in proceedings alone. Beth is also using her expertise to mentor law firm and corporate pro bono attorneys.