Charity Ramsey

  • Hosted by Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps, Department of Justice
  • Service location Seattle, Washington
  • Law school Regent University School of Law
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2014
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Charity Ramsey represented unaccompanied minors in immigration court, assisting them in seeking protection from removal, while developing a relationship with the court and working to increase KIND Seattle’s pro bono capacity. 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.

Fellowship Highlights

During her Fellowship, Charity:

  • Worked on applications for relief from removal for cases through Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and other forms of relief.
  • Identified and accepted eligible children for representation.
  • Recruited pro bono attorneys and assisted families in finding family law attorneys to assist with Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases.
  • Worked with the Washington State Attorney General’s Task Force to identify ways to raise awareness regarding unaccompanied immigrant children and to provide training and volunteer opportunities for pro bono attorneys state wide.

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