Name of Host Organization: Kids in Need of Defense
City, State: Seattle, Washington
Issue area: Immigrant Populations, Children/Youth
Sponsors: AmeriCorps, Department of Justice, Kids in Need of Defense
Charity Ramsey represents unaccompanied minors in immigration court. She assists them in seeking protection from removal, while developing a relationship with the court and working to increase KIND Seattle’s pro bono capacity.
Need Addressed By Project
Children appearing alone in immigration court have a right to counsel, but no right to appointed counsel. They have to navigate a complex system while facing barriers due to age, language, and past trauma. Children with attorneys are five times more likely to be granted protection from removal.
The Right Person For This Project
Charity Ramsey is the right person for this project because: • She grew up in Argentina, giving her the language skills and cultural capacity to work with a client base that is primarily from Central America. • She is passionate about being a voice for the voiceless because of her experiences studying the effects of genocide and internal displacement on location in East Africa. • She attended law school specifically to become equipped to work on social justice issues with a focus on human trafficking, immigration, and international law.