Through the organization Kids in Need of Defense, or "KIND", Jason and Julie were paired with Chinese young persons who had been smuggled into the United States by snakeheads and detained by immigration authorities. While both Jason and Julie have full-time positions, they have spent time outside of their regular work to represent these young persons on a pro bono basis.
As noted in an excellent article by Nancy Lopez, of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, unaccompanied minors have no right to legal representation in the United States. It is largely through the work of pro bono attorneys that young people are able to understand the options available to them and navigate the immigration system.
In the course of shooting this film, we have often been asked how people can help to address this issue. Jason and Julie are great examples of at least one way in which persons with legal training can help unaccompanied immigrant minors.
For more information about KIND, visit www.supportkind.org.