How can a tweet separate hundreds of families?
It may not seem obvious, but immigration laws and policies have been separating immigrant families for decades. Today thousands of Mexican parents cannot hug their kids, grandparents cannot feed their grandchildren at their table, and partners have to try to maintain their relationship over Skype.
That is why ODA is launching our second crowdfunding campaign for family reunification: #FightForHugs. We are raising funds to keep supporting families with emotional accompaniment, summer vacation visits, legal aid, visa and passport application costs, and emergency flight tickets in the case of illness or death. Our ambitious goal is to raise 10,000 dollars in six weeks!
We need you to rally with us, to raise awareness among your family, friends, colleagues and communities by asking them to donate and to share our campaign. As a grassroots organization founded by and for deported and returned immigrants, 100% of our community has family in both the United States and Mexico. Most of us live with automatic bans under a 1996 U.S. law that prevents us from even applying for a tourist visa to visit. You can share this campaign with the hashtags #FightForHugs and #Fix96 to raise awareness. And your donation comes with perks that also lift up our cause in your hometown.
During this holiday season, too many families must connect over video call during parties, meals, funerals and births. Be sure to give your loved ones an extra hug, and join our fight for hugs that will sustain us while we await the day when the walls come tumbling down.
DONATE & SHARE NOW! JOIN US IN OUR #FightForHugs!
Deportation traumatizes and separates families. People from our community cannot hug someone they love and long to care for due to immigration policies and laws. But beyond the headlines and the US President’s tweets, families are finding ways to stay connected despite the injustice. With this campaign, ODA seeks to build up our Family Reunification Fund for 2020 so that we can support families wherever they are: applying for passports and visas, looking for the funds for plane tickets during their US citizen children’s school holidays, connecting families facing emergencies due to illness or death, and providing legal support for custody and immigration cases.
Our campaign is ambitious because we know how much these little chunks of support matter. You are providing that last boost towards the goal after months and years of fighting in order to hug again. We can do it together! 10,000 dollars in six weeks! And don’t forget to check out the perks we’ve provided to further the cause, opportunities to share the stories and realities of deported and separated families in your hometown.
In addition to US immigration laws often making it impossible to unite families in person, every family struggles with different dynamics. We will creatively work towards solutions that allow for greater contact and eventually permit them to give one another that long-awaited hug. We recognize that this can be a long process, yet the emotional accompaniment we lend to each other in this limbo often keeps us going in our #FightForHugs.
Explain how much money you need and where it is going.
How we’ll put your donations to work
Our goal for this campaign is 10,000 USD.
The funds will be used to keep supporting families with emotional accompaniment, summer vacation visits, legal aid, visa and passport application costs, and emergency flight tickets in the case of illness or death.
Other ways people can help:
If you can’t help financially, we still need you in the movement for family reunification and cross-border hugs, you can still help by:
- Sharing this campaign with your friends, family, colleagues and community. -Let your social network know that there are people fighting family separation!
- If you know or work with US lawyers (Family, immigration and criminal law) that can offer low cost or pro bono services please tell them about our work and put them in touch with us.
- If you are in Mexico City drop by Poch@ House, participate in our activities, and even volunteer. There is always a need for more hands.
- If you have any other ideas, please contact us!
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ODA Contact Info:
Roberto López Barroso
Laura and Scott
Nick Sally Bogert
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