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Social Justice Common Read 2020: Dreaming America: Organizations Helping Migrant Children

This guide pulls together resources pertaining to SCSU's 2020 Social Justice Common Read, "Dreaming America: Voices of Undocumented Youth in Maximum-Security Detention".

Organizations Helping Migrant Children

Al Otro Lado
Al Otro Lado is a "bi-national, direct legal services organization with offices in Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, serving indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees, that is deeply engaged in efforts to protect the familial rights of migrants."

Border Angels
"Border Angels advocate for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice. This work is done in an attempt to reduce the number of fatalities along the US-Mexico border by educating and assisting the communities on both sides of the border. Services include free immigration and employee rights consultation, educational programs, water drops in the desert, day labor outreach, and Caravans of Love to Tijuana to support and aid migrants that are in need."

Detained Children's Programs CAIR Coalition
"Detained Unaccompanied Children’s Program serves over one thousand detained immigrant children. All services we provide are free. We provide legal services to immigrant children detained by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at juvenile immigration detention centers in Maryland and Virginia. The facilities include large shelter programs, secure detention facilities, shelters for tender age children, and long-term foster care programs (group home and foster home settings)."

El Refugio
El Refugio is a hospitality Center offer lodging, meals, and support to families visiting loved ones detained at Stewart Detention Center.

The Florence Project
"The mission of the Florence Project is to provide free legal and social services to detained adults and unaccompanied children facing immigration removal proceedings in Arizona."

Freedom For Immigrants
FFI is "the only nonprofit in the country monitoring the human rights abuses faced by immigrants detained by ICE through a national hotline and network of volunteer detention visitors, while also modeling a community-based alternative to detention that welcomes immigrants into the social fabric of the United States."

Fronterizx Fianza Fund
"This project, run by the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee, assists families in coming up with the bond money needed for a detained immigrant to be released."

IRC- International Rescue Committee
"The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future."

Justice in Motion
This is an organization that protects migrant rights ensuring justice across borders.

KIND - Kids in Need of Defense
"Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is the leading national organization advocating for the rights of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children in the U.S."

National Immigrant Justice Center
NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education.

"Neta is one of the fastest-growing independent media platforms led by people of color in the US. Our vision is to inspire and move people to change the world by creating content that amplifies the voices of border residents in the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border.

Project Corazon
"Project Corazon, run by the Lawyers for Good Government Foundation in partnership with nearly 40 top law firms, was created to help reunite families separated by the administration's inhumane "zero-tolerance" policy."

Pueblo Sin Fronteras
"Pueblo Sin Fronteras is a transborder organization made up of human rights defenders of diverse nationalities and immigration statuses that promotes accompaniment, humanitarian assistance, leadership development, recognition of human rights, and coordination of know-your-rights training along migrant routes, as well as monitoring and raising awareness of human rights abuses against migrants and refugees in Mexico and the United States."

Save the Children
For 100 years, Save the Children has been giving children in the U.S. and around the world a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, we are always among the first to respond.

South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)
The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) is a project of the American Bar Association that empowers immigrants through high-quality legal education, representation, and connections to services. Founded in 1989, ProBAR serves immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley, with a particular focus on the legal needs of adults and unaccompanied children in federal immigration custody."

RAICES - The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services
RAICES is a "nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. With legal services, social programs, bond assistance, and an advocacy team focused on changing the narrative around immigration in this country, RAICES is operating on the national frontlines of the fight for immigration rights. We defend the rights of immigrants and refugees, empower individuals, families, and communities, and advocate for liberty and justice."

Texas Civil Rights Project
The TCCRP works towards criminal injustice reform, promoting racial and economic justice, and voting rights.

UNICEF USA (United Nations Children's Fund)
UNICEF uses the following six-point plan to keep uprooted children around the world healthy and safe: protect displaced children from exploitation and violence, end the detention of refugee and migrant children, keep refugee and migrant children learning and healthy, keep families together and protect unaccompanied children, address the root causes that force children from home, and combat xenophobia and dsicrimination.

Women's Refugee Commission
"WRC’s mission is to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crisis."