Microsoft Donates $3 Million to Kids in Need of Legal Defense

Oct 19, 2010 2:34 PM ET

Posted by Brad Smith
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Microsoft is very pleased to announce another $3 million, three-year donation to Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), just two years after we helped establish the organization with a similar investment.

KIND is a pro bono organization dedicated to providing legal representation to the roughly 8,000 unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in the U.S. who face deportation hearings. It is great to see the progress KIND has made since its launch. Up and running in seven cities throughout the U.S., KIND has helped nearly 2,000 children, ranging from 2 to 18 years old, from more than 35 countries. This has been possible through the training and support of lawyers from more than 80 law firms and corporate legal departments who have donated their time to represent these children in immigration court proceedings.

Of course, KIND’s impact cannot be measured by numbers alone. The true impact is seen through the real-life stories of vulnerable children, separated from their parents or other adults to care for them, who are given professional and thorough legal representation that truly offers them a better chance for a safe, secure and happy life. Providing legal services to these children is truly a labor of love and something that we, at Microsoft, are honored to do. And, we are grateful for the support we have seen throughout the legal profession to do the same. Our initial investment in KIND has led to additional funding from many other businesses and organizations and more than $7 million in pro bono services last year alone. We truly hope that our second donation will help galvanize even more support for this incredibly important work on behalf of children from around the world.