Mexican and Central American immigrants have a difficult life. Some have just crossed the US border in caravans risking their lives. Others, have been working honestly for years or are young dreamers who contribute a lot to the USA, but if they don’t have papers, they live with the eternal fear of being deported.
Personalized and free advice
Most immigrants do not know their rights. We listen to the most vulnerable Latino migrants (via telephone and social networks) to offer them simple and personalized advice, in Spanish and free of charge, to allow them to assert their rights and overcome the maze of procedures they face on a daily basis.
Many immigrants have told us the same thing: they feel alone and unprotected in the US, but they dare not ask for help because they fear deportation or because they do not know enough English.
Juan was given advice on how to obtain a work visa in the USA; Amelia asked us for help in finding a missing relative who crossed the Rio Grande; Ana was able to take her parents to the USA a few days after 20 years of not seeing them. There are dozens of examples of how we can help the immigrants.
The first Wiki Migrante
Now, we would like to create something that does not exist: the first Wiki Migrante in history.
What is it?
We will gather in the same place all the useful information that immigrants need in labor, migration, health, remittances, legal, educational, etc., always in simple formats. Informative notes that you can share via WhatsApp, videos and we will reinforce our personalized service telephone line.
We want to keep listening them!
We will give Mexican and Central American immigrants something they don’t have today: information in Spanish and accompaniment.
How will we put your donations into action?
We need infrastructure (human and material equipment) because we have already started providing these services, but we are very limited.
We need 2 people who attend everything to immigrants on the phone and on social networks. And another 2 that develop the contents that we will share. We need two computers, a video camera and a video editor, among other things.
We are very confident that we will reach the goal, but if we do not achieve it, be certain that your donations will be well used for the most pressing of the project.
Get to know us. We tell you who we are. Conexión Migrante was born as a digital media outlet for latino immigrants in the US on November 8, 2016: the day Donald Trump won the election.
We offered information, but the migrants asked for more. They wanted journalism of services and solutions, but they also needed to be heard. This is our priority.
Therefore, two years later, Patricia Mercado and Andrea Ornelas (journalists with more than 25 years of experience) decided to found the Amigos de Conexión Migrante, an association that offers tools to the Latino immigrant for a more dignified and simple life in the USA.
We also have many valuable allies: Abel, Carolina, Selene, Yael, Vanessa, Mariana and our two Alejandra’s, they are talented and committed young people who do journalistic work and advise the immigrant on the phone. But a “Wiki Migrante” needs much more work and many more hours of the job from these young people, who except in two cases, work as volunteers. Help us to do more!
We give you three good reasons to trust us:
1) We know the immigrant: We are not guessing their needs, we are responding to what they ask us. We do not profit is your needs. We support them for free.
2) Transparency: We will give you an account of every penny spent so you can see what was achieved thanks to your support.
3) You will be an agent of change: Many times we look at heartbreaking images of immigrant children separated from their parents, but we do nothing to change that. Today you have that opportunity to change the life of a migrant with us!
Every contribution is valuable
We invite you to donate funds to the campaign, but you can help us in many other ways too:
a) Spread the word! We all have a family member, friend or acquaintance who has been a migrant. Invite your friends and contacts committed to creating a better world to donate. Follow us at www.conexionmigrante.com and in Facebook and, please, use our hashtags: #CambiaLaVidaDeUnMigrante #WikiMigrante #UnDíaParaDar #LatinxGive #ConexionMigrante
b) Donate your knowledge: If you are an expert in immigration, legal, medical or editorial issues, you are Latino, you live in the USA and you are willing to offer a few hours of your pro bono time to help migrants, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org y email@example.com
adriana pena johansson
Doug and Kale
Carlos Miguel Gallo Mercado
RITA DEL PILAR VARELA MAYORGA
Eugenio Ernesto Mercado Casas Torres
Carolina Bañales Riverón
AARON ESPARZA GUERRERO
Ana A. Miller
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