A lot of people all over the country are saying they’re deeply concerned about how our country is treating immigrant families, but they don’t think there is anything they can actually do to help. When we read stories from history we imagine we’d be one of the good people doing good things but in reality, we’re all just sitting around wringing our hands and doing jack shit.
As it turns out, there is A LOT we can do to help. (See below.)
We’ve been working on compiling a list of organizations that are doing the work so that you can pick an organization and take action, whether it be donating time, money, frequent flyer miles, protesting, calling / texting / writing representatives, or whatever is within your bandwidth to do.
We want to make it clear that there are simple concrete actions you can take even if your energy / resources are limited.
Post Their Bond: Did you know that you can personally post bond for someone and reunite them with their family? The bond amount can be as low as $1,500 or as high as $80,000 according to Marketwatch which also provides a list of bond resources in their article.
Al Otro Lado
“We are a bi-national, direct legal services organization serving indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana, Mexico. We also assist families with aspects of reunification in Mexico when it has been determined by U.S. authorities that it is in the best interest of the child to live with his or her parent in Mexico.”
“American Gateways is one of the largest immigration legal services providers in Texas. Our clients receive culturally sensitive, trauma-informed legal representation from start to finish of a case.”
Angry Tias and Abuelas
“The Angry Tias and Abuelas’ mission is to provide basic necessities for health and safety, and support for human dignity and justice, to individuals and families seeking asylum at our borders and as they embark on their journeys to designated destinations in the US.”
“We accompany the migrant, refugee, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education. We place ourselves among these poor so as to live our faith and transform our understanding of what constitutes more just relationships between peoples, countries, and economies.”
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
“ASAP’s model has three components: online community support, emergency legal aid, and nationwide systemic reform. We have adapted and grown our work in each of these areas in response to the ongoing crisis.”
“Border Kindness provides migrants, refugees, and the displaced with comprehensive services that include food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Our programs and interventions are designed to identify, protect and nurture the most vulnerable – including women, children, elderly and families.”
The Children’s Immigration Law Academy
“We are the Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA), an expert legal resource center created by the American Bar Association (ABA). CILA builds capacity for those working to advance the rights of children seeking protection through trainings, technical assistance, and collaboration.”
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights
“CHIRLA is an immigrant-centered and immigrant-powered organization working to achieve a just society fully inclusive of immigrants. We drive progressive social change by: Providing direct immigration legal services at low cost to the most vulnerable among us. Organizing immigrants to take active part in the social change we all want to see. Advocating in the halls of power for laws and government policies that benefit and include immigrants in the national conversation about the kind of nation we want to be. For more than 30 years, CHIRLA has been working to expand immigrant rights and defend our community against attacks from those who seek to scapegoat and blame us for systemic problems. In California and the nation, we drive the quest for fair, comprehensive immigration reform that acknowledges the contributions of our people and recognizes that this country is multi-ethic, vari-colored and enriched by the diverse heritages of generations of immigrants.”
Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services
“Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc. (DMRS) is the largest provider of free and low cost immigration legal services in West Texas and New Mexico. We provide a comprehensive range of immigration legal services for adults and unaccompanied immigrant children detained in the local immigration detention centers and shelters. DMRS has been serving the immigrant community since 1986.”
Families Belong Together
“Families Belong Together includes nearly 250 organizations representing Americans from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight family separation and promote dignity, unity, and compassion for all children and families.”
The Florence Project
“FIRRP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal service organization providing free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody in Arizona. Although the government assists indigent criminal defendants and civil litigants through public defenders and legal aid attorneys, it does not provide attorneys for people in immigration removal proceedings. As a result, an estimated 86 percent of the detained people go unrepresented due to poverty. The Florence Project strives to address this inequity both locally and nationally through direct service, partnerships with the community, and advocacy and outreach efforts.”
“Galilee Center started Thursday, July 29, 2010 by providing canned food baskets to underprivileged families who came to the location at the intersection of Harrison Street and Avenue 66 in Thermal. The mission of Galilee Center is to fulfill the needs of the underprivileged and disadvantaged by providing food, clothing and other basic needs and to affirm their dignity with love, compassion and respect.”
“We work hand-in-hand with all 4 Federal refugee resettlement agencies in Phoenix to support refugees being resettled in the Phoenix area.”
Good Neighbor Settlement House
“Since 1953, the Good Neighbor Settlement House has served the needs of the Buena Vida neighborhood of Brownsville. Hundreds of families and senior citizens who live here take advantage of programs at Good Neighbor that provide community events, food, showers, clothing, and help with communication and health care.”
The Humanitarian Respite Center for Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
“The center provides a place for men, women, children, and infant refugees to rest, have a warm meal, a shower, and change into clean clothing as well as receive medicine and other supplies, before continuing onto their journey. As of August 2015, we have assisted over 23,000 individuals.
Human Rights First
“Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We press the U.S. government to end harmful immigration detention policies.”
The Human Rights Initiative of North Texas
“HRI provides our clients with free, high-quality legal services, as well as various social services for their families.”
Immigrant Defenders Law Center
“Immigrants, even children and the disabled, are not guaranteed an attorney in immigration court in the United States. This means that every day in Los Angeles and across the country, thousands of immigrants are forced to go into court alone and defend themselves against highly educated and trained government attorneys. Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef) is a social justice law firm founded to bring us closer to a world where no immigrant is forced to go to court alone. Our dedicated team of attorneys and support staff delivers full-scale deportation defense to nearly 600 immigrants annually. We also provide legal education classes and screenings for approximately 1,300 unaccompanied children in detention each year. We focus on representing the most marginalized immigrants, including children in immigration detention and adults with mental health challenges. ImmDef uses a unique model of universal representation, which means we accept clients regardless of their eligibility for relief.”
Immigrant Families Together
“Immigrant Families Together is a network of Americans committed to rapid response unification of families separated by the ‘zero tolerance’ policy. We have mobilized to help parents currently detained through the following immediate actions: Raising of bond funds, paying bonds and providing pro bono legal representation, arranging safe transportation from state of detention to the city where children are currently in foster care, when needed, finding long term housing in the destination city while they await trial, connecting parents in cities with resources in order to sustain them during the process of being unified with their children, working with local organizations and government to expedite the process of achieving full custody of their children while they await trial, providing food, housing and medical assistance when needed to our families.”
Innovation Law Lab
“We work where the threat is greatest – where people and legal systems are most vulnerable to attack. We are deployed in immigrant detention centers and hostile judicial jurisdictions across the United States.”
Interfaith Welcome Coalition
“Interfaith Welcome Coalition (IWC) is a faith-based movement meeting the changing needs of asylum seekers, refugees and at-risk immigrants.”
Justice for Our Neighbors
“Justice for Our Neighbors is a network of 18 sites across the country, each of them providing free or low-cost immigration legal services for low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.”
Kids In Need of Defense
“KIND staff and our pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings. Together, we ensure that no child stands in court alone.”
La Posada Providencia
“La Posada Providencia, is an emergency shelter for men, women and families who flee to the United States due to political oppression, natural disaster, and other life-threatening actions in their native countries.”
Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center
“Las Americas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in El Paso, Texas providing free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees in West Texas and New Mexico. We have served over 30,000 people from over 80 countries since 1987.”
La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)
“Founded by labor rights activist César Chávez & Dolores Huerta, LUPE builds stronger, healthier communities where colonia residents use the power of civic engagement for social change. From fighting deportations, to providing social services and English classes, to organizing for streetlights and drainage, LUPE responds to the needs of the community, and takes action that creates a chance for a better life. LUPE’s strength derives from our 8,000+ members throughout the Rio Grande Valley.”
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
“Driven by our faith and our nation’s values, LIRS works to protect and embrace refugees, migrants, and children seeking a new life in America. Having carried out this work for more than eight decades, LIRS and our national network of service providers are uniquely equipped to provide holistic, trauma-informed, and age-appropriate care to the vulnerable individuals we serve.”
The Migrant Center for Human Rights
“Providing Free and Low Cost Legal Services to Detained Asylum Seekers in Texas”
“Refugee families come to the United States seeking a safe haven from violence and persecution in their home countries. They leave behind family and friends, as well as virtually everything they own. Many Americans, seeing these families in their communities, wonder: What can I do to help? Miry’s List provides a mechanism for people to directly help new arrival refugee families with the things that they need to get started in their new lives – from diapers to beds to cleaning supplies and toiletries.”
ProBAR South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project
“Project Corazon, run by the Lawyers for Good Government Foundation in partnership with nearly 40 top law firms, was created to help reunite families separated by the administration’s inhumane “zero-tolerance” policy. Since the launch of Project Corazon, we have expanded our mission, mobilizing thousands of lawyers to defend the rights of immigrants and their families.”
“Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.”
The San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN)
“A coalition of human rights and service organizations, attorneys, and community leaders dedicated to aiding immigrants and their families in the San Diego border region.”
“Together we work to help asylum seekers who find themselves in Brownsville, Texas and at the Brownsville/Matamoros international bridges. Team Brownsville was founded in July 2018, by a small group of like minded educator volunteers. Since that time, our membership and our mission has expanded with the help of volunteers and donors from around the globe.”
Texas Civil Rights Project
“The Texas Civil Rights Project is boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. We use our tools of litigation and legal advocacy to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas and we partner with communities across the state to serve the rising movement for social justice. We undertake our work with a vision of a Texas in which all communities can thrive with dignity, justice and without fear.
Womens Refugee Commission
“We advocate for the rights and protection of women, children, and youth fleeing violence and persecution.”
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
“The Young Center is a champion for the best interests of children who arrive in the United States on their own, from all corners of the world. We serve as trusted allies for these children while they are in deportation proceedings, advocating for their best interests, and standing for the creation of a dedicated children’s immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well-being of every child.”
Don’t assume that these organizations have it handled.
If they did, there wouldn’t be a problem.
It’s up to each of us to take action.
This article was written by a mother who cares & would like to remain anonymous.