Last month, nearly 658 children were separated from their parents in immigration proceedings as part of the Trump administration’s war on the country’s immigration system. Despite warnings from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) that the practice of separating families violates children’s rights and international law, the current administration seems to have no intention of slowing down their efforts. In fact, advocates anticipate that the number of children being separated from families and placed in detention centers will continue to climb.
As complicated as this situation may seem, the editors at FIERCE see nothing complicated about the violation of children’s rights and we’re eager to help. To do so, we’ve put together a list of charities and organizations that you can donate to in order to help.
Donate to advocacy organizations.
ActBlue Charities. The organization is taking donations and giving those who give an opportunity to donate to eight different organizations. These include the ACLU as well as Kids in Need of Defense. Access the link here.
Together Rising. This Virginia-based organization is helping provide legal assistance for 60 migrant children who were separated from their parents and are currently detained in Arizona. Donate here.
Border Angels: This organization works to bring support and advocacy to San Diego County’s immigrant population. Their work primarily works on causes related to the U.S.-Mexico border. Donate here.
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project. This New York-based organization aims to prevent the deportation of asylum-seeking families fleeing violence. Donate here.
The Florence Project and Refugee Rights Project. This organization offers free legal services to people and unaccompanied children being held in immigration custody in Arizona. Donate here.
Neta. This Texas-based organization is a grassroots project helping those who are on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and seeking asylum. Donate here.
South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR). This project from the American Bar Association is currently supporting over 1,000 unaccompanied children in detention centers that are located across South Texas. Donate here.
Call your legislators.
It’s easy to think that today’s corrupt system holds all of the power, but you have much more control than you might think. Various bills that work to prohibit the separation of families at the border are being introduced by Democrats on Capitol Hill. For those willing to contact their local legislators and representatives, Call My Congress‘ website will help you to find the appropriate contact information. The ACLU’s website also has created a brief script to use for your phone call.