Thursday, July 4, 2019
Many organizations are working to get and keep asylum-seeking children out of U.S. detention centers, so that they will not have to endure the kinds of conditions being reported. All of the following organizations are trying to help families caught up in this crisis.
American Immigration Council: This organization gets on the ground to help families at detention centers, documenting conditions of detention, and bringing lawsuits to challenge them.
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project: Provides "emergency legal aid to refugee families.”
La ColectiVA Liberation Fund: This “collective liberation fund will support local families and community members with whom we work that are impacted by the incarceration-to-deportation pipeline.”
Congregation Action Network (formerly DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network): Is a community organization based around faith communities.
Families Belong Together: Is a group effort that "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.”
Kids In Need of Defense: According to its website, KIND "partners with major law firms, corporations, law schools, and bar associations to create a nationwide pro bono network to represent unaccompanied children through their immigration proceedings."
South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR): A joint project of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, ProBAR "is a national effort to provide pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas by the United States government. "
Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES): A nonprofit that aims to reunite families and help kids feel safe, this Texas-based organization aims to "directly fund the bond necessary to get parents out of detention and reunited with their children while awaiting court proceedings" and to "ensure legal representation for every child in Texas' immigration courts."
Together Rising: Support for an Immigration Law Clinic providing direct support in detention centers.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights: Provides independent Child Advocates to stand up for unaccompanied immigrant children and "champion the child's best interests."