Take Action for Immigrant Families

This webpage was last updated in June 2018.

President Trump and Attorney General Sessions have launched a full-fledged attack on families arriving at our southern border, prosecuting them as criminals and locking them up in immigration prisons. First, they were tearing children from the arms of their parents, and now they are moving to incarcerate them together indefinitely while their cases move through our backlogged immigration court system. Many are fleeing life-threatening violence and persecution in Central America and seeking asylum (refugee protection) in the United States. Sessions recently issued an alarming decision in a domestic violence case called Matter of A-B- in a shameful attempt to bar many of these women, children, and families from relief.

Below we have outlined a few ways that you can take action to support immigrant and asylum seeking families who belong together and free:

  • Sign this petition from Kids in Need of Defense demanding an end to family detention and separation.
  • Help spread the word about critical resources available to families impacted by this Administration's cruel immigration enforcement efforts. The Immigrant Connection Project (ICON) is a newly launched partnership between the Vera Institute of Justice and New America to help immigrant parents who have been separated from their children. REUNITE is a new resource from Freedom for Immigrants to assist families in finding loved ones in the immigration detention system.
  • Use CGRS's toolkit and raise your voice in support of refugee protections for women, children, and families fleeing gender- and gang-related violence.

As of June 28, 2018, OneJustice's Immigration Pro Bono Network has identified the following urgent volunteer needs at the southern border:

  • Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project is seeking pro bono representation for multiple asylum cases. You do not need to be an immigration attorney to assist with these cases, and Esperanza will provide a mentor attorney to help advise attorneys taking these cases! Email Kimberley Plotnik to learn more.
  • Al Otro Lado needs immigration attorneys, paralegals, doctors, nurses, EMTs, social workers, mental health professionals, art therapists, and nice people who want to help out! Volunteer opportunities will be emailed out to their listserv as they arise in Los Angeles, Tijuana, and remotely.
  • Bet Tzedek Legal Services is seeking volunteer attorneys to place Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases. Training will be provided. Contact Molly Meltzer or fill out this form to get connected!
  • RAICES is looking for volunteer attorneys to help separated families. You can respond to their survey to indicate your interests and ability to volunteer.
  • The Dilley Pro Bono Project is looking for volunteer attorneys and interpreters to spend at least 5 days at Dilley - the largest family detention center in Texas. Some of these projects can be done remotely! Check out their volunteer portal for more information.

For additional voluneter opportunities, we recommend that attorneys and accredited representatives consult the Immigration Advocates Network Pro Bono Resource Volunteer Guide.