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Who we are

Kids in Need of Defense UK is a collaboration between four award-winning, UK based not for profits that specialise in children’s immigration and asylum law. We partner with KIND, a US charity celebrating 10 years of supporting pro bono legal representation for children facing deportation proceedings alone.

Kids In Need Of Defense

KIND staff and their pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools in the US represent unaccompanied migrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings. Together, they ensure that no child stands in court alone.

KIND has trained a robust national network of pro bono attorneys who represent unaccompanied children in their search for safety. This includes children who have been persecuted in their home countries, trafficked to the US, abused, abandoned or neglected. KIND has trained more than 24,200 attorneys and partnered with over 522 corporations, law firms, law schools, and bar associations. 

Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit

Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU) is a specialist legal and policy hub based at Islington Law Centre in London.

MiCLU represents young people displaced by war, fleeing abuse, trafficked into the UK and young people separated from their families. Through strategic litigation, policy reform and public legal education initiatives it drives systematic change to achieve equality and social justice.

It has a 100% success rate in direct casework securing protective status for young people so that they can recover from their experiences and begin to rebuild their lives. Its work has created significant changes in law, policy and practice. MiCLU is regularly called upon for expert advice, support and training by lawyers, NGOs, children’s charities, community and voluntary sector organisations and statutory agencies.

Just Right Scotland

JustRight Scotland is a newly established legal advice charity in Glasgow where experienced human rights lawyers work towards a new model of collaborative social justice. JustRight Scotland believes that justice is better achieved when lawyers work together with other professionals with the shared aim of realising human rights and reducing inequality. 

Its aim is to understand wider issues at play and achieve maximum impact through strategic legal intervention, research and policy change. Through collaboration, Just Right Scotland supports change at a broader level to improve the capability of civil society. Successful outcomes can be attained by working with others to achieve common goals.

Coram Children’s Legal Centre

Coram Children’s Legal Centre, part of the Coram group of charities, promotes and protects the rights of children in the UK and internationally. CCLC provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals, as well as international consultancy on child law and children’s rights.

Experts in all areas of children’s rights, immigration, child protection, education and juvenile justice, they:

  • Provide legal advice and representation
  • Research and produce evidence informing law, policy, practice and system reform
  • Build the capacity of professionals and practitioners through training and advice provision
  • Challenge laws and policies that negatively impact on children and their rights

Central England Law Centre

Central England Law Centre, with offices in Coventry and Birmingham, is the largest law centre in the UK. Having opened its doors in 1976, it’s also one of the oldest. It provides free legal advice and representation in the areas of Community Care, Discrimination, Employment, Family, Housing, Immigration and Asylum, Money and Debt, Public Law, and Welfare Benefits.

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit is a voluntary organisation supporting people subject to immigration control for over 25 years. They offer free legal immigration advice, representation and support services to people seeking asylum, refugees, children and vulnerable adults.

Their team of trustees, staff, and volunteers contribute skills, knowledge and experience which enables them to deliver high quality legal and support services.

GMIAU has been working with the KIND project since 2019 to provide advice and support to children and young people with uncertain or undocumented immigration status.