PVH Legal Partners with Law Firm and
National Nonprofit to Represent Immigrant
and Refugee Children in Deportation Proceedings
January 23, 2019
Almost two years ago, Mark Fischer, our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, announced pro bono opportunity for U.S.-based members of his team: they could partner with the international law firm Jones Day and the nonprofit Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) to represent children who had entered the country alone and were facing deportation. Pro bono publico is unpaid work undertaken by lawyers "for the public good."
KIND came to PVH to explain the dire situation facing these children. Almost all of KIND's clients have fled severe violence in their home countries, where they had been threatened or attacked by gangs, abandoned, abused, exploited, or trafficked. More than 60 percent of children who enter the country alone are forced to make their claim for protection without any legal representation, which often means that they are sent back to the dangerous situations that they had risked their lives to escape. According to Syracuse University, these children are five times more likely to succeed in their petitions to stay in the US when provided with quality legal representation.
After the presentation, five PVH attorneys decided to partner with attorneys at Jones Day on three cases:
The PVH lawyers gained deep satisfaction from providing crucial legal services for these children and also had the opportunity to work with attorneys from other PVH offices and practice areas, as well as be involved directly in courtroom proceedings, which is rare for in-house lawyers.
"Sam, Dawn, Kate and Karolyn truly took to heart PVH's commitment to corporate responsibility, including attending to the needs of children (and it was not a complete coincidence that all three clients are from countries where we source goods), and our Core Values and exercised them in a unique way by using their skills as attorneys," said Mark. "I couldn't be prouder of the work that they did for Roger, Nancy and Sylvia, and I couldn't be more appreciative of the support provided by the lawyers at Jones Day, one of our outside law firms."
Laura Tuell, Firmwide Pro Bono Counsel at Jones Day, heading the Firm's many pro bono efforts in the U.S. and internationally, also noted that, "We at Jones Day have been truly honored to work alongside lawyers from PVH to represent refugee children in need of legal services. We look forward to continuing this important work together."
 Real names are being withheld for confidentiality and safety reasons.