Women, men, and children are fleeing extreme violence in their home countries and seeking refuge in the U.S. The government is responding by tearing families apart, detaining adults and children in unsafe conditions, attempting to end the Flores Agreement that requires basic safety and sanitary conditions, and denying asylum-seekers at the border the opportunity to lawfully seek asylum.
Please consider supporting the following organizations that each are working to address different aspects of this humanitarian crisis by working with migrants at the border, detained families and children, or representing unaccompanied minors seeking asylum or other relief:
RAICES, a USCRI network agency: representing separated families, detained immigrants, and unaccompanied children at the border.
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law: working to enforce the Flores Agreement.
Al Otro Lado: working with asylum-seekers at the border.
Nationalities Service Center: representing unaccompanied children, asylum-seekers, and detained immigrants.
"At any given time, for the past several weeks, more than 2,000 children have been held in the custody of US Border Patrol without their parents. Legally, they’re not supposed to be held by border agents for more than 72 hours before being sent to the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for finding their nearest relative in the US to house them while their immigration cases are adjudicated.
In practice, they’re being held for days, sometimes weeks, in facilities without enough food or toothbrushes — going days without showering, overcrowded and undercared for." - Dara Lind, VOX. For the full article on the horrifying conditions facing children in border detenion, please click here.