Over the last month, the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy of criminalizing any entry without inspection at the border, regardless of whether an asylum claim has been made, has resulted in thousands of families forcibly being separated and children being detained. Though an Executive Order was recently signed claiming that families would no longer be separated, the families and children who have already been detained and separated still need assistance with the logistics of reunification, legal representation in their immigration cases, and resettlement.
For those of you who would like to help address the crisis at the border, below is a short list of various non-profit organizations with opportunities to volunteer or donate. The monetary donations will assist the non-profits to accomplish their mission of providing legal services to detained immigrants, training lawyers and volunteers, assisting detained immigrants with bond fees, reuniting families that have been separated at the border, and providing immigrants with basic needs while they are awaiting trial.
Immigration Justice Campaign (initiative of AILA, AIC, and American Immigrant Representation Project): https://www.immigrationjustice.us/sandbox/home
Texas Civil Rights Project (South Texas): https://texascivilrightsproject.org/keepfamiliestogether-v…/
CARA Family Detention Project: http://caraprobono.org/
ABA Children’s Immigration Law Academy: http://www.cilacademy.org/
Kids In Need of Defense: https://supportkind.org/about/
Human Rights First: https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/
Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) (Texas): https://www.raicestexas.org/