1.Donate There are organizations helping immigrants stuck in detention, refugees seeking asylum from violence or oppression, and trying to reunite family members in the U.S. after they are released from detention centers. Here are a few organizations doing the heavy lifting:
2.Volunteer Your Time Organizations listed above need attorneys willing to donate their time and legal expertise. You’re not a lawyer? Through El Refugio, volunteers can visit detainees or prepare meals for families staying in the organization’s Hospitality House. Immigrant Families Together needs people to help transport released detainees to reunite with family members.
3.Translate One of the biggest roadblocks for immigrants coming to the U.S. is communicating. If you can, put your language skills to use. With RAICES, for example, volunteers can help translate documents remotely, or translate for attorneys and clients. Immigration Equality, which specifically helps LGBTQ+ immigrants, has clients around the world who need help with translating client interviews and putting together asylum applications.
4.Lobby Your Representatives There’s nothing wrong with good old-fashioned phone calls and letter-writing to your members of Congress.
5.Let Them Know They’re Not Alone. Write letters or send holiday cards to people in detention and let them know the world is still watching. Find further info at El Refugio, which will make sure your kind words go to a good place.
6.Recruit Others If you feel safe doing so, share what you’re doing on social media and encourage them to get in on the act. You might help others figure out the best way for them to contribute toward ending this crisis.