The way the federal government continues to ignore the political and moral crisis taking place on our country’s border is appalling. On average, 45 children seeking asylum in the United States are being taken away from their parents every day. Their parents are sent to jail, while these children–deemed “unaccompanied minors” by immigration officials–are placed in federal custody or foster care, and in many instances, in less than adequate conditions. There is no justification for this sort of mistreatment of children, and we will continue to stand with immigrant justice reform advocates and legal professionals working tirelessly to right this wrong. Read President Mason’s Call to Action!
The HNBA will support and serve as a resource for those who wish to donate time, money, and/or pro bono legal services to every effort made to #EndFamilySeparation. Below are some ways you can get involved during this critical time and support the work of partners.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
View a list of organizations that are mobilizing to help immigrant children separated from their families.
Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project
Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project is a public interest legal organization serving some of the most vulnerable immigrants in the Los Angeles area. Please be a part of our campaign for Immigrant Justice and make a one-time or monthly contribution to our Immigrant Justice Fund HERE.
Volunteer Attorneys Needed: Esperanza provides attorneys with the opportunity to take the case of an immigrant in need of representation. For attorneys who are unable to take on the full responsibility of a case, Esperanza also offers the chance serve in the capacity of Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) for SIJS cases, to participate in clinics, or volunteer in our office. These opportunities are perfect for new attorneys seeking trial experience, as well as attorneys seeking to expand their expertise. Sign up HERE.
As a volunteer attorney, you can help:
a child survivor of abuse, neglect, or abandonment
an individual fleeing from persecution and seeking asylum
a detainee at Adelanto to remain with family in the US
a detainee at Adelanto get bond
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is asking supporters of #EndFamilySeparation to sign the petition on Change.org to urge the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen to end family separation at the border. Sign the petition to #EndFamilySeparation.
KIND also trains and mentors volunteers to help migrant children through their legal cases. Click here to get involved.
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is the largest immigration nonprofit in Texas offering free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children and families. They are also spearheading one of the largest donation drives in the country to reunite immigrant parents with their children. Donate here and sign up as a volunteer here.
Our mission is to reunite families separated by inhumane “zero-tolerance” policies at the U.S. border.
The Lawyers for Good Government Foundation has partnered with a national coalition of top law firms and non-profit immigration services providers to launch Project Corazon, a program designed to help reunite children taken from their parents under President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy.
We’re partnering with organizations, lawyers, and law firms on the front lines of the family separation crisis, looking for ways to collaborate, share resources, and maximize our collective impact. Our goal is to begin making services available to affected families by July 4, 2018. To work with or request support from Project Corazon, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Legal Project in Albany, NY
The Legal Project in Albany, NY is seeking interpreters to help interview the detainees at the Albany County jail. As you can see they got an unexpected number of male detainees. They are at maximum capacity.
All languages are needed but they especially need Spanish, French, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Nepalese, any Mayan language, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Polish, Russian and localized African languages.
Tell Congress to #EndFamilySeparation
Congress has the opportunity to do something about the humanitarian crisis on our border by passing legislation that would protect families seeking asylum. Find out who your Congressional senators and representatives are: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members. Ask your member of Congress to cosponsor the following bills here:
- House of Representatives
Upcoming Events/Attend a Rally
Immigrant rights advocates are organizing rallies in support of keeping families together as we speak. Families Belong Together will be keeping track of those event here.
- August 5, 2018, Palos Verde, CA – Under the Stars Annual Fundraiser- learn more and register HERE.
- Please refer to our Immigrant Legal Defense Task Force page for training materials to get training on how to manage immigration cases.
- Zero Tolerance Immigration Training CLE from the Austin Bar Association-WATCH HERE