Worthy Organizations Assisting Immigrants
- Organizations that attempt to assist immigrants in the camps;
- Organizations providing shelter and related assistance to immigrants before or after their imprisonment; and
- Organizations working to alleviate the conditions that cause immigrants to flee their countries.
The second list provides information on organizations that address the same types of concerns as those on the first list. However, it adds a focus on how to visit and assist immigrants detained in the federal government’s prison camps, including where to get training on how to do this.
You can find many other lists similar to these on the Internet. You may check their charity ratings on Charity Navigator. Be aware that many of them may not be rated, but may still be worthy organizations. Also, if you make a donation to an organization that provides many types of services, you may want to add a note to your donation indicating that it should be used to help immigrants.
UUFN’s Share the Plate donation for July will go to La Esperanza.
Among other services, RAICES provides 1) legal representation for released unaccompanied immigrant children in Texas; and 2) a bail bond fund for detained immigrants to obtain their release from detention, which makes it much easier for them to work with attorneys. The bond money is returned to the bond fund after the immigrants appear at all required court hearings and is then used again to help others.
Texas Civil Rights Project: https://texascivilrightsproject.org.
TCRP has a decades-long history of defending the civil rights of minorities in the Lone Star State. It employs highly qualified attorneys and other professionals and also works with a network of pro bono attorneys. During a recent phone conversation, a spokeswoman stated that its staff has interviewed 300 immigrants awaiting court hearings in Texas border federal court houses. Presumably, they will use their stories to publicize the plight of immigrants from Mexico and Central American countries. Given the impact that personal stories make on the American public, this is very important work.
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley: www.catholiccharities.org.
The Humanitarian Respite Center of this organization provides a place for refugees to rest, have warm meals, shower, and change into clean clothing as well as receive medicine and other supplies. Note: Please add a note—if possible—to your donation indicating that your donation is for the center, since this organization also provides many other types of services.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services: https://www.lirs.org.
A long-established advocate for immigrants, LIRS is raising money to provide immigrant children “immediate shelter and beds, medical services, counseling, and therapy to help with the trauma of family separation.” Note: Please add a note—if possible—to your donation indicating that your donation is for helping immigrants in South Texas, since this organization also provides many other services across the U. S.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee: https://www.uusc.org; and https://www.uusc.org/central-american-immigrant-rights-situation-uusc-response/.
Email message from Casandra Ryan, Vice President, and Chief Development Officer: “UUSC is working with our partners on the ground in Central America and at the U.S.-Mexico border. Together, we are addressing the root causes of injustice, violence, and ruthless militarization, so families will no longer flee their homes. With your help, we’re contributing to humanitarian aid and legal assistance for exploited and persecuted migrants.” Note: Donations made by June 30, 2018, will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor.
CASA de Maryland: https://wearecasa.org.
CASA de Maryland provides health assistance, medical interpretations, English classes, financial literacy classes, vocational training, social services, leadership development, legal services, and employment placement for low-income families, particularly Latino and other immigrants in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area.
La Esperanza: https://www.laesperanzacenter.org/
La Esperanza in Georgetown, DE, is the only bicultural and bilingual multi-service nonprofit agency in Sussex County that provides free culturally and linguistically appropriate programs and services in the areas of family development, immigration, victim services, and education for Hispanic adults, children, and families.
Mercado Global: https://www.mercadoglobal.org.
This 50l(c)3 organization links indigenous artisans in rural Guatemala communities to international markets, providing sustainable income-earning opportunities, access to business training, community-based education, and microloans for technology such as sewing machines and floor looms. Mercado Global’s network includes 300 artisans in 31 artisan cooperatives, and their members earn three times the average Guatemalan wage. It has offices in Brooklyn, NY, and Guatemala.
This list was researched an compiled by:
Duane Wilcox | UUFN Social Justice Committee | June 2018
At a UUFN Social Justice Committee Meeting on Sunday, June 22 we were joined by Nancy Boyer whose daughter works in the field of immigration law. She provided us with the following information.
Resources to Support People in ICE Detention
Freedom for Immigrants (https://www.freedomforimmigrants.org/join-us-1) informs how to visit people who have been detained by ICE. Its work includes monitoring, investigating, and documenting civil and human rights abuses by guards. As stated on its website:
“We seek to end the isolation and abuse of people in immigration detention by building and strengthening visitation programs. We provide resources, training, and capacity building support to a network of visitation programs across the United States.”
Visitation to incarceration sites in MD, NJ, and PA have program coordinators listed at:
Detention Watch Network (https://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/take-action/visit) offers resources on visiting people in ICE detention as well as political advocacy for change. Its introductory guide to immigration visitation is at (https://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/sites/default/files/DWN%20Visitation%20Guide.pdf).
It, too, offers encouragement to visit people detained by ICE, as follows:
“A conversation with a detained person can provide support and friendship while deepening your perspective on the realities of the system. Visitation programs can arrange your visit, guide you through the entire process, provide in-depth training and address specific questions or concerns pertaining to your local detention center.”
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has links to local organizations (https://www.lirs.org/join-a-visitation-ministry) which offer training and support for visiting people incarcerated by ICE. Its website also suggests other ways to help, such as to be a pen pal. More ideas at https://www.lirs.org/detention-visitation include hosting a screening of Locked in a Box with a guide for discussion after seeing the film.
Based in Philadelphia,
The New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia (http://www.sanctuaryphiladelphia.org/) had a rally on June 19th. For a video posted to its fb page, see https://www.facebook.com/New.Sanctuary.Movement.of.Philadelphia/videos/1922042711139159/
Juntos (http://vamosjuntos.org/about-us/) recently won a lawsuit to keep Philadelphia’s status as a sanctuary city. It “combines leadership development, community organizing, and focused collaborations with other community-based and advocacy organizations…”
Additional websites (among many!) which welcome financial support and volunteer time include:
https://actionnetwork.org/forms/immigrants-are-heretostay/?source=ptwitter where you can sign up to help people who may be targeted by ICE;
https://www.nilc.org/about-us/what_we_do/ , the National Immigration Law Center, which defends and advances the rights of immigrants with low income;
https://ndlon.org/about-us/ to improve the lives of day laborers, as many immigrants are likely to be, if they are released to work and live in the USA;
http://puenteaz.org/about-us/, the Puente Movement based in Phoenix, AZ, to “develop, educate, and empower migrant communities to protect and defend our families and ourselves.”
https://www.esperanza-la.org/about-us, the Esperanza Immigrant RightsProject, to “educate, defend, and advocate for immigrants as they navigate the complex immigration system.”
June 23, 2018 – This list is compiled by Nancy Boyer. Please feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org