Fight for Hugs

Join the fight! Let’s fight for the hugs that give us the strength to tear down the walls that separate us.

Otros Dreams en Acción

Migrant Communities

Our story

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!

Campaign Background

 

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. 

 

Potential Challenges:

 

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:

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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 [email protected] 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!

ODA social networks:

www.facebook.com/OtrosDreams

www.twitter.com/OtrosDreams_ODA

www.instagram.com/otros_dreams_en_accion

www.odamexico.org 

ODA Contact Info: 

[email protected] 


 




Updates

11/27/2019

There are many deported and returned families that have to #FightForHugs. Christian is just one of them and we are thrilled to see him with his family after nine years. During this upcoming Thanksgiving there will be many families that can’t be together at their dining table.

Please support our #FightForHugs by making a donation, sharing and joining the movement here and there.



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Thank you for your work.

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Abrazos para todas, todos, todes, todxs...

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Gracias por su lucha y trabajo importante!

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Many thanks for all your hard work!

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In honor of our amazing daughter, Meira Harrie

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I love you, you are sooo strong! <3

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[email protected] quiero! Que sigan luchando siempre. <3 <3

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Anonymous

Por un mundo mejor donde reunificación familiar no sea necesaria. En donde familias no tengan que luchar contra gobiernos para estar con sus familias. En donde toda la humanidad sea consciente que todos nacimos en un lugar donde no elijimos sin embargo nacimos con la esperanza de amar y vivir libremente sin restricciones y sin limites.

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I don't need a gift, and thank you for your work.

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Obra "Irving" a las 6. Dos personas!

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Happy to support this amazing project, ODA! Looking forward to the 6pm showing of Irving. :)

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Suerte y gracias por todo lo que hacen!

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¡Les mando un abrazo!

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Que continúen los éxitos en su trabajo

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go oda!

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#fightforhugs

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You and ODA are doing an amazing job in supporting a very special community. I am inspired by your hard work and dedication. If possible, I would like my Thanksgiving ticket to go to Leslie Argüelles ([email protected]). Thank you!

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Ustedes son los superhéroes de la vida real. ¡Los quiero mucho!

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Fighting for cross border hugs this month with ODA! Felicidades!

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Abrazos!

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