Katie Chatterton Named KIND’s June Pro Bono Lawyer of the Month

07/03/2013


HOUSTON – The Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an organization providing quality and compassionate legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States, has recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP Associate Katie Chatterton as its June Pro Bono Lawyer of the Month.

The designation was based on a recent milestone win for both Chatterton and KIND’s Houston team. Her successful effort to win asylum for a juvenile was her first such grant as well as the first asylum win for the local KIND office. Since beginning as a KIND volunteer, Chatterton now has successfully obtained immigration status for three KIND clients.

"It's a scary system for these kids,” Chatterton said. “They haven't had the best experience in the past with authority figures, who in many of their home countries are corrupt and don't protect them. So, even as an attorney, when you reassure them that you are here to help, they are still incredibly nervous."

At Haynes and Boone, Chatterton is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment and Immigration Practice Group. In her practice, she handles various aspects of labor and employment law along with employment-based immigration matters and workplace safety disputes.

In addition to volunteering at KIND, Chatterton also works with the Human Rights Initiative on pro bono asylum cases, special immigrant juvenile petitions and U visa applications.

Chatterton is currently working on her fourth KIND case.

About KIND
KIND was founded by Angelina Jolie and the Microsoft Corporation to create a pro bono movement of law firms, corporations, nongovernmental organizations, universities and volunteers to provide quality and compassionate legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States.

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