How to Help the Children at the Border

How to Help the Children at the Border

Our government is detaining asylum-seeking children and adults in squalid conditions across our country. As people of faith, we are full of rage and pain, and want to help. Here are a few ways to stand in solidarity and offer assistance (many of these come from this New York Times editorial:
Donate to Bond/Bail Funds
"One of the most effective ways to reunite immigrants separated from their families is to assist with paying their bail/bond, which can cost anywhere from $1,500--$80,500", according to Pilar Weiss, project director of the National Bail Fund Network. (Most of the children in detention at the border crossed with adults; the children became "unaccompanied" when these adults were detained). The National Immigration Detention Bond Fund can be found here. Boston's BIJAN/Beyond Bond and Legal Defense Fund is here. The National Bail Fund Network's directory is here
Donate to Humanitarian Efforts
Organizations are providing free legal representation and other services to immigrants and the families of those detained. Nonprofits that are doing this at the national level are United We Dream, the American Civil Liberties UnionMijente, and Immigrant Justice Corps. [Note: Donations of sanitary items and other needs are not being accepted by border patrol facilities. Read more here.]

Donate through the United Church of Christ Keep Families Together Fund
Gifts to the Keep Families Together campaign provide support for migrant families being torn apart while seeking shelter and asylum in the United States. Donations will be utilized through UCC settings and partners for immediate needs and legal assistance of children and families from Central America seeking asylum in the U.S. Donate here
Volunteer With a Local Organization
The Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network provides accompaniment to immigrants and their families, including support at court and ICE check-ins, legal referrals, fundraising for bond and legal visits, and many other services. You can sign up to volunteer with them here. National Immigration Legal Services Directory is here.

The Metrowest Immigrant Solidarity Network (Massachusetts) provides similar accompaniment to immigrants and their families in the Metrowest area. You can sign up to volunteer here. 
Call Your Elected Officials
Tell them you want ICE raids called off and detention conditions improved. Find your officials here, if you don't know them.
Remember That You Have Power
You are a person with power. This seems insurmountable, but we have the power to rise up against these injustices and care for the vulnerable ones among us. Let your rage move you to action, instead of to despair. 
In solidarity, 
The Immigrant, Refugee and Asylum-Seekers Task Team
of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ 

Additional action: Sign this United Church of Christ petition asking Congress to not invest any more money in policies that fuel and feed the administration's efforts to increase border militarization and and continue terrorizing immigrants. 

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