In the last few months we have witnessed the worst human rights violations our country has seen in generations. As a result of the “zero tolerance” policy, young children were stripped from their parents’ protective arms. Undocumented immigrants locked in cages along the U.S.-Mexico border. Asylum seekers, criminalized. The Trump administration’s ham-fisted effort to implement the policy affected more than 2,575 families in about 50 days, according to a Washington Office on Latin America report released in August.
Make no mistake about it: the executive order signed by President Trump, does not undo the irreversible, traumatic damage already inflicted on children and their families by his “zero tolerance” policies. And although family separations at the border have stopped for now, hundreds of children are yet to be reunited with their family members, and this policy is being replaced by something just as dreadful: long-term incarceration of children and families awaiting adjudication of their asylum claims.
At HIP, we are doubling down on our efforts to support immigrant families through this painful moment. Here is how:
- Understanding the issue from up close: HIP led a delegation to learn about the family separation crisis at U.S.-Mexico border
The convening brought together more than 55 funders and nonprofit leaders from the U.S. and Mexico with the goal of mobilizing national support and a coordinated philanthropic response to this humanitarian crisis. Learn more.
- Addressing the roots of forced migrations in the Americas
HIP recently partnered with the Central America and Mexico Migration Alliance (CAMMINA) to address the causes of these migration issues including the growing violence and instability in immigrants’ countries of origin, coupled with increasingly restrictive national migration policies.
- Mobilizing awareness and action around this issue
HIP issued a statement with five ways people can stand up for immigrant children and families today to create visibility and generate action within our communities.
As a result of these efforts, many funders, such as the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Annie E. Casey Foundation, have come together and committed $1 million to HIP’s Family Unity Fund to providing resources and support to direct service providers and legal services on the ground; and to lift up longer-term advocacy efforts on both sides of the border to encourage the adoption of more humane policies. We invite other funders to join our Family Unity Fund.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Your support is essential to reunite families separated by the recent policies.
Donate today to help immigrant children and their families receive long-term support from the organizations best prepared to assist, including:
- Instituto Madre Asunta: the first center in Tijuana, Mexico to establish a method of providing dignified assistance to women and children who have been displaced after deportation from the United States or are migrating from central Mexico and Central America
- Immigration Justice Project (IJP) of San Diego: provides high quality legal assistance to immigrants who are unable to secure legal representation in the Otay Mesa Detention Facility in San Diego, California
- Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project: the only organization providing free legal and social services for men, women, and children held in isolated immigration detention centers in Arizona awaiting deportation
You can read more about each of these organizations below.
HIP will match the first $10,000 donated.
Let us show these families – who are risking everything to provide safety for their children – that we are better than these xenophobic government policies. Let the families in need know that you stand with them.
DONATE TODAY TO PROVIDE SUPPORT AND SERVICES TO SEPARATED FAMILIES, NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE.
Please note: Your donation will go directly to organizations providing long-term support to immigrant families. HIPGive will not charge an administrative fee to transfer the funds, and all U.S. donations are tax deductible.
- Instituto Madre Asunta
Instituto Madre Asunta provides three meals per day, clothes, shoes, legal assistance, psychological care, spiritual and medical assistance, as well as access to phones. Madre Asunta has been in existence for 17 years and has helped 17,000 migrant women and children. Currently, they are assisting 115 women and children. Funding can help expand their initiatives by hiring 5 teachers that will offer workshops and classes for children and develop their “Cultura and Belleza” program, aimed to equip women who have stayed in Tijuana with entrepreneurship skills and job prospects.
- Immigration Justice Project (IJP) of San Diego
The Immigration Justice Project (IJP) provides high quality legal assistance through their Legal Orientation Program (LOP) that works in the Otay Mesa Detention Facility in San Diego, California with immigrants who are unable to secure legal representation. Approximately 75 percent of the detained immigrant population jailed at the detention center continues to be unrepresented. LOP educates individuals, many of whom are parents that have been separated from their children, about their rights in removal proceedings and arms them with tools to represent themselves. Annually the LOP program works with approximately 3,500 detained immigrants. IJP takes on pro bono representation of LOP participants or connects them with outside volunteer attorneys willing to provide pro bono representation.
- Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
For nearly 30 years, the Florence Project has been the only organization providing free legal and social services for men, women, and children held in isolated immigration detention centers in Arizona, awaiting deportation. An estimated 86 percent of the detained people go unrepresented due to poverty. This year alone, Florence Project staff has documented more than 600 cases of family separation, a near 400 percent increase from 2017.The Florence Project strives to address this inequity both locally and nationally through direct service, partnerships with the community, and advocacy and outreach efforts.The organization houses an adult team, children’s program, mental health team which serves as the appointed counsel for cases in Arizona, integrated social services, and a pro bono program. With your support, the Florence Project can sustain representation for young children and their parents for years to come.
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