How You Can Help Protect Immigrant and Refugee Children

Published   on June 26, 2019

How You Can Help Immigrant and Refugee Children

Here is what you can do:

Speak out

We need to raise our collective voices—again – to stop the Trump Administration’s injustice and cruelty against immigrant and refugee children and their families. Together, we helped end the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy and the mass family separation that resulted—and we can succeed in pushing back again.

Providing adequate care and protection to immigrant and refugee children is not a partisan issue. Children need and deserve care regardless of where they are born.

Donate

Help these vulnerable children access legal representation in their deportation proceedings.

Fundraise: Organize a fundraiser in your community! Contact KIND Development Associate Megan Masterson, mmasterson@supportkind.org for more information and resources to get started.

Spread the word

Follow KIND online @supportkind on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the latest news and information about the protection of immigrant and refugee children. Use these hashtags:

  •  #ProtectFamilies
  • #RemainInMexico
  • #MPP
  • #AsylumSeekers
  • #KeepFamiliesTogether
  • #ProtectFamilies
  • #EndFamilyDetention

Contact your Senator and Representative

  • Write a letter to your  Senator and Representative telling them that you oppose the “metering” and MPP policies, and request that Congress deny funding to implement these dangerous policies.
  • Demand appropriate and safe conditions at detention centers and that state-licensed child welfare professionals are brought in to care for these children. More information here.
  • Urge your Member of Congress to co-sponsor the following legislation:
    • Northern Triangle and Border Stabilization Act of 2019 – requires better treatment of detained children at the border, including by providing recreation time and child welfare professionals; creates ways to apply for refugee status from Central America; and invests in addressing the root causes of migration from Central America.
    • Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2019 – guarantees that all unaccompanied children have legal representation in immigration proceedings.
    • Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act of 2019 – requires at least one licensed child welfare professional be available at ports of entry and Border Patrol stations that regularly hold a large number of children. The legislation provides minimum standards of care for children in CBP custody, including access to food and water, and access to pediatric medical care.
    • The Central America Reform and Enforcement Act of 2019 (CARE Act) – conditions assistance to Northern Triangle governments to address the root causes of the violence and instability that are driving migration and would also ensure fair, orderly, and efficient processing of those who do reach our border seeking protection.
    • Central American Women and Protection of Children Act of 2019 – decreases and deters violence against women and children in Central America, increases safe access to adequate, appropriate, and coordinated support services, and enhances the performance, will and capacity of justice system officials.
    • Urge your Senator and Representative to protect the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) to ensure the appropriate treatment and protection of children in the U.S. immigration system

Write an Op-ed

Write an Op-Ed in your local newspaper/online media outlets. Some tips here.

 

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