This past April, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that has since resulted in the separation of undocumented parents and their kids at the U.S.-Mexico border. According to Department of Homeland Security officials, roughly 1995 children were separated from their parents during a six-week period spanning April 19 to May 31. Republicans and Democrats alike have since spoken out against this cruel and inhumane policy, including all four living former first ladies, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Rosalynn Carter. Considering that a policy change is required in order to fully stop this separation, here's how you can help these undocumented children and families yourself, as originally reported by Today.
Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
Together Rising Love Flash Mob. Best-selling author and blogger Glennon Doyle has organized a flash mob through her nonprofit organization, Together Rising. The proceeds will go toward providing bilingual legal and advocacy assistance for 60 children between the ages of 12 months and 10 years who are currently housed in an Arizona detention center away from their parents. "Their first priority will be to establish and maintain contact between children and their parents, with the ultimate goal of reunification and safety and rehabilitation for the children," reports the publication. Donate here.
The Florence Project and Refugee Rights Project. Donate to help provide legal assistance and social services to the detained children in Arizona.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. This organization is a champion for the rights and best interests of all unaccompanied immigrant children and has been around for 15 years.
Kids in Need of Defense. KIND will ensure that no child appears in immigration court without representation.
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project. This organization works to prevent the deportation of asylum-seeking families that are fleeing their home country due to violence.