We share your rage and devastation over the inhumane separation of children from their families at the nation’s borders and the proposed indefinite incarceration of immigrant families. We see your courageous resistance. We are grateful to those of you fighting to abolish oppressive immigration policies and to serve those victimized by them. And we share your burning desire to show up in solidarity with and for our immigrant families.
If you are not already engaged in advancing justice at the border, will you and your organizations join us to end these atrocities? Together we can end the incarceration of our families once and for all.
Here are some things you can do:
- Donate: There are many organizations doing important work to keep families together and end their incarceration. PolicyLink and Equity Summit 2018 attendees have raised more than $22,000 to support the Florence Project, a nonprofit providing free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody in Arizona.
- Contact Your Elected Officials: The American Immigration Lawyers Association has an online action center that directs calls, tweets, Facebook posts, and emails to members of Congress.
- Volunteer: Many organizations in border states are actively looking for volunteers, especially if those volunteers are Spanish-speaking and have legal experience. If you’re an immigration lawyer, the Dilley Pro Bono Project (a partner in the CARA Family Detention Project) is searching for volunteers who can help represent people with their asylum screenings, bond hearings, ongoing asylum representation, and other needs. Nonlegal volunteers are needed too. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
- Protest: People are taking to the streets on June 30 in cities across the country to show their vehement disapproval of the atrocities occurring at our borders. Ongoing demonstrations are also being coordinated by local grassroots organizations.
- Sign These Petitions: The ACLU, MoveOn, CREDO, and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) have petitions to Secretary of Homeland Security Nielsen. The National Domestic Workers Alliance has a petition to President Trump.
- Speak Up: Submit a letter to the editor or an editorial to your local newspaper about why you care about justice for immigrants and refugees.
- Use Social Media: We Belong Together‘s demands for the Administration can be retweeted here. Sample tweets can be found here. For additional information and updates, follow the conversation at #FamiliesBelongTogether and #KeepFamiliesTogether.
- Vote: Your 2018 primary election may be coming up soon. Ultimately, we need decision makers who will advance equity for all. Vote if you have the privilege to and mobilize others to join you.