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Worthy Organizations Assisting Immigrants

The following two lists provide contact information for organizations to which you may make donations to help immigrants.  The first list provides information on three types of organizations:

  • 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. 

RAICES:  https://www.raicestexas.org.

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 courthouses. 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