We asked, and you responded. The outpouring of donations for the 239+ refugee children stranded here in New York City has been awe-inspiring. So many of you have brought in clothing, diapers and other goods today that our office is overflowing, and the agencies working with the children have told us they can no longer handle additional physical contributions. We ask instead that you consider making a financial donation to the non-profit organizations who are currently caring for these children, including:
We also ask that you consider contributing to one of the many organizations providing legal and social service support to these children, including:
- The Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights: offering legal defense for families seeking asylum or facing deportation
- The Legal Aid Society: providing deportation defense and other immigration legal services to unaccompanied minors, adults with children, and other vulnerable individuals
- The Safe Passage Project: an immigrant legal services program for unaccompanied minors and refugee children separated from their parents.
- The Door: providing unaccompanied adolescent migrants in NYC with housing and other social services
- Kids in Need of Defense: works to ensure no child appears in immigration court without an attorney.
- The New York Immigration Coalition: advocating for immigrant rights in NYC and nationally
- Make the Road New York: grassroots immigrant advocacy organization that’s been deeply engaged in fighting against the family separation policy.
Want to Volunteer Your Time?
We are still in need of volunteers to help sort and transport the remaining donations. Sign up for a volunteer shift here.
The foster agencies are all in need of financial contributions, Spanish-speaking foster parents, and a limited number of general volunteers (for security reasons and to protect the safety of the children, the organizations need time to vet foster parents and volunteers, as such, responses may take some time). For information on how you can help each individual organization see:
- Cayuga Centers -- http://cayugacenters.org/programs/immigrant-foster-care/
- Rising Ground -- https://www.risingground.org/be-mentor/
- Abbott House -- http://www.abbotthouse.net/how-you-help/volunteer.html
- Children’s Village -- https://childrensvillage.org/how-you-can-help-cv/
The executive order which President Trump signed only partially undoes the cruel policy his administration has implemented. Immigrant families are still being imprisoned and remain separated, and there is no plan to reunite the hundreds of children who are now stranded in NYC with their families. We must continue to protest and organize to end this injustice. A major day of action is being planned on June 30th, with events around the country. To find out more and to join in, see the details here.