Contributed by Sister Gladys Guenther
Many members of the NETWORK community have been asking for ways to help address the humanitarian crisis that is causing record numbers of immigrant children and families
to make the treacherous journey from Central America to the United States. We wanted to let you know of a few options:
- Find them shelter. The Administration has told us that there is a desperate need for safe facilities to provide shelter for children until they can be discharged to a sponsor to await judicial proceedings. Read the letter from FEMA and facilities requirements, in case you know of a place that may be suitable.
- Advocate for them with Congress. Ask for additional funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and insist that we protect these children. Share these alerts with your friends, and ask them to take action as well. Unaccompanied minors are fleeing violence and need protection by the United States. Educate Congress about their needs.
- Schedule a lobby visit with your member of Congress during the August Recess to talk more about this issue.
- Seek out local opportunities with organizations like Catholic Charities, the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, or other groups working with unaccompanied minors or other refugees and asylum seekers to volunteer or provide much-needed donations of items to provide for children and families.
- Share your story! Tell us what your experiences are working with vulnerable populations and the unaccompanied minors. We are eager to share stories with our contacts in Congress and the Administration. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another Way to Help Immigrant Children
You have all been hearing of the humanitarian crisis at the Mexican-US border, especially regarding unaccompanied children fleeing abuse, gang violence and poverty. The Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus founded Casa Cornelia Law Center ((CCLC) in San Diego in 2001 to serve the poor within the immigrant community there. CCLC continues to provide pro bono legal services to all unaccompanied children who are at risk in San Diego County and is in great need of funds to support their expanding Children’s Program in response to this crisis. Please hold the Law Center in your prayers. SHF Congregation has sent a donation to assist the CCLC in its work.
More information on immigration: http://www.networklobby.org/files/Immigration%20Reform%20Fact%20Sheet1.pdf