In the midst of awful news on migrant children as young as 3 year-old being separated from their parents and caged in facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border, our hearts ache.
If you feel the same way as we do, please consider supporting Safe Passage Project.
What does Safe Passage Project do?
Since 2006, housed within the New York Law School, Safe Passage Project provides free lawyers to refugee children for whom being sent back to their native country could be a death sentence.
As children are being forcibly separated from their families at the border and placed into deportation proceedings, they need great lawyers who will fight for their rights as long as it takes. Many can’t afford a lawyer and no child should face immigration court alone.
Some of these children who were separated in May are now arriving in NYC where they have been issued a Notice To Appear in Immigration Court for their own deportation. It costs $2,500 for the Safe Passage Project to take on one new client . Currently, they are trying to raise $25,000 from friends and allies to take on 10 new young clients.
As of June 22, 2018, Safe Passage has raised $30,000 more than their original goal. Now, they are trying to raised $100,000 to take on 40 new young clients.
Safe Passage have been in daily conversations with peer organizations – including some that have been able to access NYC-area detention centers. The government has not been keeping clear records of which kids belong to which parents – so a top priority is to find their parents, simply to understand what the mother wants for their child. These children will soon start to be released from detention centers into the care of friends or family – and then they’ll need Safe Passage and others to step forward and take their cases.
As of September 12, 2018, Detention of migrant children has skyrocketed to highest levels ever – NY Times
Can you help? To fight back against family separation, please DONATE HERE.
We are all immigrants and no one should be another person’s bargaining chip for a wall.