4 Things You Can Do To Help Families At The Border
Posted June 2019
It’s been one year since the conscience of our country was shaken by a recording of a little girl crying, pleading to be reunited with her family. As Emerson Collective’s founder and President Laurene Powell Jobs wrote in The New York Times, those cries were “truly a howl heard round the world, a spark that turned our simmering debate on immigration into a conflagration. And from the standpoint of justice, the fire was welcome.”
Over past twelve months, our partners have worked tirelessly to shed light on—and fight—this administration’s immigration agenda. Lawyers have helped block some of the cruel practices at the border, nonprofit organizations have reunited thousands of families, and news organizations have done essential reporting on immigration.
You can continue this critical work by:
Showing your support for the organizations, lawyers, advocates, and doers who are helping lead the fight.
Several groups listed below provide services such as legal representation and essential aid for immigrant families at the border and across the country:
- Al Otro Lado
- Families Belong Together
- The Florence Project
- Justice in Motion
- Kids In Need of Defense
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
- National Immigrant Justice Center
- Southern Border Communities Coalition
- South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project
- Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services
- Texas Civil Rights Project
- The Women’s Refugee Commission
Contacting your Members of Congress.
- Encourage your Senators to pass real solutions to the humanitarian crisis at the border, like the Central America Reform and Enforcement Act S. 1445.
- Call on your Representatives to restrict funding to Border Patrol and ICE, which were responsible for family separation, the recent deaths of children in custody, and other abuses. Dial 1-877-790-7557 to be connected now.
- Sign this petition calling on Congress to defund immigrant jails and family separation.
Volunteering legal services.
We The Action, a digital platform that makes it easy for lawyers to find and volunteer for critical, impactful, and urgent legal needs, has volunteer opportunities available to help parents and children who have been separated at the border. Lawyers can sign up to access projects here and nonprofits who need lawyers can sign up here.