What You Can Do To Help Immigrant Children Separated From Their Family
Here's what you can do.
1. Make a donation toward KIND: Kids In Need of Defense to make sure every child has legal protection in court.
"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."
2. Donate to RAICES: The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. This organization helps reunite an immigrant parent with their child.
"RAICES is an organization that serves immigrants and refugees in our community by providing immigration-related legal services, advocacy and opportunities for educational and social support. We believe that by actively promoting the well-being and informed participation of immigrants and refugees in the community, everyone benefits.”
3. Donate to The Young Center's new program, the Immigrant Child and Family Rights Project to halt the practice of family separation.
According to the site, this is a new project that "will be staffed by two attorneys who will fight on behalf of individual children, advocate for systemic change to end the practice of family separation by the Department of Homeland Security, and for policies that better protect the rights of children and families."
4. Help refugee families who need legal aid by making a donation to Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP).
"The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) works to prevent the wrongful deportation of refugee families who have come to the United States fleeing unspeakable violence, including repeated sexual assault and the murder of relatives."
5. Contribute to the Florence Project, it can help give free legal aid to detained adults and unaccompanied children.
"The Florence Project is a 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% of the detained people go unrepresented due to poverty."
7. Make a donation to United We Dream in order to support the largest immigrant youth-led community.
"We empower people to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop our own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people. This is achieved through immigrant youth-led campaigns at the local, state, and federal level."
9. Contribute to Al Otro Lado, it goes toward helping assistance and legal support toward refugees in in Tijuana and Los Angeles.
"Al Otro Lado provides legal support for the refugee caravan currently in Tijuana, Mexico, at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. We are a bi-national, direct legal services organization serving indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana, Mexico."
10. Want to support all of the above and more? Act Blue divides your contribution between multiple groups working to help.
Things you can do if you are unable to donate money:
1. Call your elected officials (the ACLU has provided a script for your convenience) to let them know you denounce Trump's separation policy.
2. Continue to make others aware of this practice and urge them to call.
3. Those with legal expertise can generously donate their time to help through the Immigration Justice Campaign, who "need volunteers with a wide variety of skills to help defend detained immigrants – lawyers, interpreters, mental health professionals and other volunteers who play critical roles in making this work successful."