As many of us know, the criminalization of immigration has intensified but it is not a new phenomenon. There are corporations who are benefiting from policies like Trump and Sessions recent crackdown, but there are also organizations which have been working tirelessly to help immigrants for decades. I reached out to friends in Texas and California for a list of some groups working on the ground which need our support. I am sure there are more. Send me more names. There are two ways I know of to help 1) donate and 2) if you have the relevant skills, offer your help to the groups asking for volunteers.
Here is a list of six groups that are looking for donations and qualified volunteers:
2) Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) partners with major law firms, corporations and bar associations to represent unaccompanied children through their immigration proceedings. They have deep presence in many of these detention centers, as well as a specialized focus on kids.
They have a page up focusing on #familyseparation, including what bills they are promoting in Congress, and a donate button. The money goes to providing attorneys for children in detention to fight their deportation case and help them win asylum.
4) Immigrant Defenders Law Center is a California based social justice law firm which delivers full-scale deportation defense to nearly 600 immigrants annually. They also provide legal education classes and screenings for approximately 1,300 unaccompanied children in detention each year.
5) Project Corazon is a coalition of various groups trying to reunite families separated by decades of cruel policies.
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