This spring, the Trump administration enacted what may be its most controversial immigration policy yet.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now enforcing “zero-tolerance” regulations on those who enter the US without documentation. Under the new policy, any migrant who attempts to cross the border will be prosecuted, even if they are victims of domestic abuse or gang violence seeking asylum.
While Trump recently signed an executive order intended to keep families at the border together, it’s unclear what will happen in practice. Several organisations are now working to help the families with legal assistance, translation services, children’s safety, and other necessities.
You can learn more about them below.
RAICES provides affordable legal assistance to immigrants and migrants.
Based in San Antonio, Texas, theRefugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) has attorneys who provide affordable legal services to immigrant and refugee families.
The ACLU defends immigrant rights.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a national nonprofit, works to protect the civil liberties of immigrants. With local affiliates in all 50 states, the organisation is filing cases in both state and federal courts.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights supports the safety and well-being of unaccompanied minors entering the US.
Based in Chicago, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights advocates for kids who cross the border. The national nonprofit recently launched a project geared toward helping children separated from their parents at the border.
Learn more about how to donate here.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association provides free lawyers to migrants in need.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association helps migrants with asylum screenings, bond hearings, ongoing asylum representation, and more.
The national organisation will soon post a volunteer list for immigrant lawyers who wish to represent families at the border.
Kids in Need of Defence makes sure that migrant children have lawyers.
Kids in Need of Defence works to ensure that kids appear in immigration court with legal representation. The national nonprofit also lobbies for policies that push for immigrant childrens’ legal interests.
Pueblo Sin Fronteras gives medical aid to migrants on the border.
The binational nonprofit Pueblo Sin Fronteras provides humanitarian aid, caravans, and shelter to migrants coming to the US. The organisation is currently assisting families awaiting hearings.
The Women’s Refugee Commission works to protect immigrant women and children fleeing violence.
The Women’s Refugee Commissionadvocates for the rights and protection of women, children, and young adults fleeing violence and persecution.
CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations works with local organisations that provide legal help to migrant families.
CLINIC’s (Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.) has a project called Defending Vulnerable Populations, which offers case assistance to hundreds of smaller, local organisations that help migrant families and children.
The Kino Border Initiative gives humanitarian aid to people on the border.
The Kino Border Initiative provides humanitarian aid to refugees and migrants on both sides of the US-Mexico border.
The team is now collecting supplies and monetary donations that will go to migrant families.
Here are more regional organisations accepting donations:
The Texas Civil Rights Project supplies lawyers who speak Spanish and native Central American languages to migrants on trial in Texas. The organisation is now looking for volunteers who speak Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche’ and have paralegal or legal assistant experience.
The Legal Aid Justice Centeris a Virginia-based nonprofit providing unaccompanied children legal services and representation.
Together Rising is another Virginia-based organisation offering legal assistance for 60 migrant children who were separated from their parents and are currently detained in Arizona.
In Maryland, DC, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, CASA helps children with legal services.
The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center represents all of the immigrant kids who the US government put in foster care in Michigan. Most of their current clients are separated minors. The nonprofit works to find their parents and formulate next steps.
In the Northwest US, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is defending the rights of immigrants through legal services, policy advocacy, and community education.
The Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative created a guide for Texas organisations offering legal services to separated children, as well as resources for local advocates, lawyers, and volunteers.
The Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network provides legal representation to immigrant children and their families who have been victims of abuse, neglect, abandonment, trafficking, and violence. They work with those detained in Aurora, Colorado.
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