We are currently witnessing a gut wrenching humanitarian crisis within our nation's borders and wanted to compile a list of options we can all assist with. Some of us prefer to help through face-to-face interactions and others of us not so much. Whatever your case may be, we wanted to centralize the information so it can be easy to locate. We urge you to TAKE ACTION with the God given gifts, talents, and resources God has graciously given you.
Below you will find ways to:
- Donate money or items
- Volunteer your time
- Peacefully speak out
- Open your home
- Pray for families (collective prayer)
Know of a volunteer/donation opportunity that you think others should know about? Please help us by clicking here.
Note: this is a working document and will be updated constantly. Be sure to check back regularly.
---Donate $ Money $ or Items---
RAICES (The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services)
RAICES' Facebook fundraiser to the reunite an immigrant parent with their child. In addition, the #postcards4families campaign will donate $5 to RAICES for every postcard kids write to help the separated immigrant children. To help, click here.
Latina sisters from Oaxaca, Mexico whose family also owns the infamous Guelaguetza Restaurant (recently won The James Beard Award for the American Classics category) in Los Angeles, CA. They re-built and build new homes for those who lost their home to Oaxaca's earthquake last year. Now they are raising money to sponsor 6 Guatemalan Mayan interpreters to travel to Arizona and Texas to help the indigenous children and their families get the proper interpretation services they deserve. To help, click here.
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley shelters immigrants who've recently been released from U.S. Border Patrol custody. To help, click here.
---Volunteer your Time---
*Many of these organzations are also collecting monetary donations as well.
Immigrant rights groups, such as ACLU Texas, are looking for volunteers to help document what happens every day on the international bridges and federal courts of the southern border of Texas.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested
Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition
DC area organization that assists immigrants and asylum seekers in the immediate metropolitan area. There are many opportunities to assist including:
- (Immigration) jail visits
- Detention hotline
- Medical and mental health assignments
"Your commitment could help prevent an asylum seeker or refugee from being deported back to a country where they may face persecution or death." To learn more information and how to volunteer, click here.
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
Group works to prevent the deportation of asylum-seeking families fleeing violence. The group accepts donations and asks people to sign up for volunteer opportunities here.
South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project
Group of law professionals providing free legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas. To help, click here.
The Women's Refugee Commission:
A nonprofit that helps women and children in crisis invites us to take action by offering several volunteer opportunities/ideas. To help and for more information, click here.
Attorneys, interpreters, and those who are fluently bilingual can call legal service providers to volunteer. Click here for a list.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
The organization is looking for more child advocates to visit the immigrant children inside the detention centers weekly and accompany them to immigration proceedings. It is also raising money for advocates who will deal specifically with family separation cases.
---Peacefuly speak up and out!---
Note: Peaceful Protests/Demonstrations (mainly in the DMV -DC/MD/VA- area)
June 29, 2018: Families Belong Together Multi-Faith Prayer Vigil
In advance of the June 30 Family Separation Protest, Sojourners and other faith partners are hosting a multi-faith vigil at the Capitol.
June 30, 2018: DC Adventists @ Family Separation Protest
Our partner, DC Adventists for Social Action, is extending the invite to all DC area Adventists to come together as a collective group to raise our voices for the children and families. To join, click here.
June 30, 2018: Nationwide Family Separation Protest
To find the demonstration closest to you, click here.
If you wish to speak out publicly and encourage Congress to use its oversight authority to ensure separated families are quickly reunited, and oppose detention of children in inappropriate settings:
• the ACLU has a call tool specifically for Senators.
• the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has a call tool that directs calls, tweets, Facebook posts, and emails to all Members of Congress.
---Open Your Home---
The Office of Refugee Resettlement requires that all people who want to foster one of the
unaccompanied immigrant children be fully licensed by their state. If you are not already licensed,
the agency recommends contacting organizations such as United States Conference of Catholic Bishops or the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. To learn more and help, click here.
---Pray for Families---
DC Adventists for Social Action and Sylvia Urrutia have partnered to open up a weekly (2x a week) prayer line to specifically pray for the separated immigrant families.
Join the [Family Together Prayer Line] every Monday and Friday evenings at 9:00 pm EST.
Dial-in: (563) 999-1921
Note: you will be automatically connected to the call. Press *6 to mute your line.
Prayer line sessions will consist of a short (3-5 min) devotional thought and a prayer led by one of the organizers or a guest pastor. We will pray for the families involved: for peace, comfort and a soon reunification.