other kids, say simple sentences, and
build towers of blocks.
These Kids Need Help
One source of help I’d like Washington’s
legal professionals to know about is
“Kids in Need of Defense” (KIND), an
organization that was founded in 2008
by Microsoft Corporation and the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refu-
gees Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. It is
the leading national organization that
works to provide legal representation to
these children. The Seattle office is one
of KIND’s 10 field offices. One KIND
Seattle lawyer who has been represent-
ing these children, Charity Ramsey, has
been able to do this work because of a
joint program between the Department
of Justice and AmeriCorps known as the
Justice AmeriCorps Program. This has
been a lifesaver—literally a lifesaver—of
a program. That’s the good news. The
bad news is that the federal government
has decided to terminate the program
by cutting the annual $90,000 that is
needed to fund her position. This means
that 65 children that Ramsey represents
will soon see the hope they thought they
found disappear. These are particularly
difficult cases because these kids live on
the Olympic Peninsula, where getting
interpreters, getting to Seattle for
immigration court, and having attorney
meetings are difficult to say the least.
KIND makes a difference. Otto was
granted asylum three weeks before his
12th birthday. Carlos was granted asy-
lum and is graduating from high school.
Ramsey is still representing Claudia,
taking her through the process seeking
Please take the time to learn more
about the work KIND does—including
pro bono opportunities—at supportkind.
You know someone that
needs help with an L&I claim.
We’ll do the heavy lifting.
Seattle & Everett
Se Habla Español We know Workers’ Comp. Over 80 years strong.
SALVADOR A. MUNGIA is
a past-president of the
Washington State Bar
Association and serves
on the Seattle KIND
advisory board. He can be reached at
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