Jessica Mols

As Interviewed by Maxine F, March 17, 2018

Jessica Mols: in her own words

So I used to work at a corporate law firm and I did pro bono work for KIND, I represented a number of children in their deportation proceedings, and then as I moved, after a number of years working at my corporate job, I decided I wanted to work for KIND full time at a professional business, so Iím very fortunate to get this position. So all of our kids were fleeing the violence in their home countries, so we only represent unaccompanied children, which means that they came across the border, it would be the southern border, next to Mexico, without a parent, without any lawful status, so many of these children are coming from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala and fleeing tremendous violence. El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala are some of the most dangerous countries in the world, so we represent children who were picked up by immigration officials shortly after crossing the border, and they were put into deportation proceedings, so our job in KIND is to try to find pro bono attorneys to represent these children in their deportation proceedings and try to find a way for them to stay in the United States with a type of lawful status.

And I had taken my first kind case as a pro bono attorney about 10 years ago. Now on my own I probably had about 8 current clients, and then, right now I mentor pro bono attorneys for about a 125 kids. I represented a boy who fled Guatemala when he was about 14 years old and he had had cancer when he was about 5 years old and his family managed to get him treatment, so he was okay, but along the way, kids would bully him, his family, his parents would bully him, and even treat him [badly] because of the cancer and he had to drop out of school when he was young age, very young and work in the fields and it was also a place where there was a lot of gang violence and he was at an age were the gang was trying to recruit him, he didnít want that, so he fled to Boston and we were able to get him this special status called Special Immigration status, which put him on a path to getting his green card and so the moment was our final period immigration court were the judge granted his application for his green card so he could become a permanent resident and the judge told him welcome to the United States and told him to dream real big and that anything was possible and to pay his taxes and wear sunscreen. [It was] so unbelievable and he was so grateful and that was cool.