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In recent years, a complex crisis of violence, brutal gangs and entrenched poverty has driven children and families to flee the Northern Triangle of Central America – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – and seek safety and protection in the United States. 

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According to an April 2019 Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council report, family unit migration at the U.S.-Mexico Border has surged by 600% over the previous year with 144,000 migrants that have been detained or denied entry into the U.S. in June 2019 — the largest number in 13 years. More than half of them were families with children and about 8% were unaccompanied minors. In recent months, Texas shelters have held more than 5,800 migrant children, often in facilities that are not equipped to house and support children for an extended period of time.  Children who are placed away from their families are likely subject to trauma, injuries and developmental problems, as well as possibly being vulnerable to potential emotional, physical and psychological mistreatment, which can create also have devastating long-term impact.

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Below is a list of organizations that are mobilizing to support children that have been separated from their parents and asylum seekers at the Texas-Mexico border:

  • Annunciation House shelters families who were detained and separated on the El Paso/Juarez border.
  • Immigrant Justice Now is working to provide supplies, like bus tickets, Pedialyte, shoes, prepaid cell phones and underwear, to immigrant families and children.
  • Immigrant Families Together works to bond out asylum seekers and reunite them with their children. They also provide food to families and government and foster-agency approved housing to expedite reunifications.
  • Save the Children is running Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in two transit centers so that kids have a safe place to play and begin to recover from the trauma they have experienced. Trained volunteers read, play music and do art projects with the children, while their parents can rest and prepare to travel on to their sponsor family. In addition to providing Child Friendly Spaces, Save the Children is working to expand its programming to include distribution of hygiene kits and other emergency items.
  • The Children’s Immigration Law Academy has pro bono attorneys representing children in immigration-related proceedings. It’s also providing specialized training to legal service providers and volunteers who’re serving unaccompanied immigrant children

Below is a list of organizations that are providing support to all immigrants and asylum seekers at the Texas-Mexico Border:

  • Justice for Our Neighbors provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant individuals and families in Texas.
  • Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services offers a full-service immigration legal aid clinic serving low-income immigrants and refugees in the southwestern U.S.
  • RAICES is a nonprofit that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families and refugees in Texas. It’s accepting donations and volunteers at its website.
  • Texas Civil Rights Project provides legal services for detained and separated parents during their immigration proceedings.  They are seeking donations, as well as bilingual attorneys.
  • The Human Rights Initiative of North Texas provides free legal services to immigrants who are seeking asylum in the U.S. and immigrants who are victims of violence.
  • The Thanks-Giving Foundation is taking volunteers and donations to help with the Oak Lawn Methodist Church Respite Center. The center is where some of the overflow asylum seekers are being sent from El Paso while on route to their families and sponsors in the U.S.
  • The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is accepting donations which will go toward providing more child advocates for immigrant kids inside the detention centers weekly and accompany them to immigration proceedings.


CFT has established a Disaster Relief Fund to support long-term needs and rebuilding efforts in response to crises and disasters. Donors can make online donations to the fund or recommend a donor-advised grant to support the fund.
 

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CFT has established a Disaster Relief Fund to support long-term needs and rebuilding efforts in response to disasters. Donors interested in supporting long-term recovery can make online donations to the fund or recommend a donor-advised grant to support the fund.

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