4 Things You Can Do To Help Families At The Border


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:

  1. Contacting your Members of Congress.

    • 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.
  1. Staying on top of the latest immigration news with top-tier investigative journalism.

    Visit The Atlantic, ProPublica, and The Center for Investigative Reporting for more information and to subscribe to their news alerts.

  1. 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.