We are so grateful to Freedom For Immigrants for once more supporting our Familias Reunidas Bond Program, and assisting us in bonding out another individual, Abadou. He is an asylum seeker from Mauritania who was detained in Adelanto ICE Detention for 7 months, and is now able to reunite with his uncle in New York.
The individuals we help, have been through so much, and upon arrival to the US, we subject them to even further suffering. We have shared stories in the past of their hardships, yet we want to stress that most of the people we help’s migration journey doesn’t begin in the states. Some of our recipients have traveled through various countries, and have gone through many borders and detention in places like Mexico. In the past, we have had recipients whom have traveled as much as 13 countries, from Cameroon to Brazil and up. Our country has been famed for advertising freedom, opportunity, and a better life, and yet we mistreat and lock up the individuals that come here for exactly that. We share these stories because we want everyone to know the struggle and resilience of our migrant communities, and how love will always prevail above hatred and racism. As much as we’re saddened by these journeys, we are inspired to continue just like they did and to be a catalyst for change. We criticize this country’s racist and inhumane policies because we want to be proud to call ourselves one more “the land of opportunity,” not just for a select few but for all of us.
Let these stories serve as a reminder of all the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and community members waiting in such conditions in detention, simply for seeking a place or a part in this country. Abadou represents so many others being subject to these inhumane policies and we must not forget the urgency of getting everyone we can out of the Otay Mesa Detention Center. This pandemic continues to be unforgiving, and we will not allow any more lives lost. Again, we thank you for your support and ask you to continue to help us make sure our folks are #FreeAndAlive.
We are both overwhelmed and incredibly grateful to all of the fundraisers, birthday donations, and overall organizing of all of YOU, our amazing supporters. From selling pencils, cheesecakes, t-shirts, hosting virtual yoga, or all of the beautiful artists finding a way to use your talents, voices, and birthdays to our cause! We are so touched, and want all of you to know that we see you, and we appreciate you for ensuring our work is able to continue. Your donation, no matter the amount, is the reason for someone’s meal, someone reaching live-saving water, and someone finally stepping out of a horrible detention center. This pandemic has brought upon so much uncertainty, and the response from our followers has inspired us to continue the fight harder than ever.
Since our humble beginning, we are a humanitarian aid organization that always adapts to change, and we will continue spreading a culture of love and acceptance. We refuse to remain silent such a crucial time, we will speak up against injustice and continue to provide all the help we can.
We are starting our week with some good news and want all of you to meet our latest Families Reunidas Bond Recipiant: Atzel. He is a Honduran asylum seeker who spent months inside the horrible Adelanto ICE Detention Center. Despite press and public outcry staff members at Adelanto ICE detention are STILL disinfecting the facility by spraying a hazardous chemical called HDQ Neutral. This chemical has been reported to cause bloody noses, burning eyes, coughing fits, nausea, and skin rashes.
Atzel is witness to guards in full PPE gear spraying this chemical on door handles, railings and tables constantly throughout the day. Not only that, several times an hour a guard would walk by spraying this toxic chemical, the guards even sprayed their beds. Atzel shared not only his horrible account of the dangerous chemicals being used inside this facility, he also spoke about the medical neglect, the rotten food, the undercooked meals, the lack of sanitation, the smells, and a lockdown where no meals were served for three days. Actions like these happen when we remain silent, and when we allow our migrant community to be dehumanized through language and racist policies. His stories are truly the stuff of nightmares, and still he remains a kind and hopeful individual. Atzel has now been reunited with his cousin and sponsor, and hopefully can begin to heal from the heartbreaking experiences this country’s laws have subject him to.
Let this story serve as a reminder of all the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and community members waiting in such conditions in detention, simply for seeking a place or a part in this country. Atzel represents so many others being subject to these inhumane policies and we must not forget the urgency of getting everyone we can out of the Otay Mesa Detention Center. This pandemic continues to be unforgiving, and we will not allow any more lives lost. Again, we thank you for your support and ask you to continue to help us make sure our folks are #FreeAndAlive.
The Administration is attacking our immigrant communities, again, but this time by using the Census as a tool to decrease funding for services that are essential to community viability. Excluding undocumented immigrants from the Census can have a long-term, devastating effect on the livelihood of so many. Our communities have the right, as noted in the US Constitution, to be counted in the census regardless of their legal status. We all count! We all matter! We encourage our immigrant sisters and brothers to complete the Census 2020.
Your generous donations continue providing meals, comfort, and safety to our beloved migrant families. We love to see out shelter directors taking the necessary precautions to safely deliver groceries to their shelters! The need for rent, utilities, bills and food does not stop, and although Covid continues to give us speed bumps along the way, we will not stop. Thank you so much for your continued support, we cannot do any of this without you.
120 degrees. Mid-late July has proven in the last few years as the hottest Water Drop of the year. Both groups that went out Saturday did such an amazing job dealing with the heat.
It’s tricky to manage these summer drops. We have to be precise where we drop. Know ahead of time where the spots will be. The terrain, heat and sun exposure can bring trouble if we go off cue. Supplies need to reach these locations, but we have to make sure we are on point, otherwise we can also put ourselves in danger.
That is why we are only taking experienced Water Drop volunteers right now. Thank you all for your patience. As soon as we can safely take new volunteers we will. For the meanwhile, sharing posts and donations allow us to continue our work, and be efficient as possible.
For any questions about Water Drops or our Water Drops during Covid, reach out to Water Drop Program Co-Director James Cordero, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support! Link in bio to donate to our work.
Border Angels Presents: A Talk on All Things DACA! Join our executive director, dreamer, and immigration attorney Dulce Garcia alongside fellow dreamer and attorney Luis Cortes Romero as they discuss everything DACA related
SHELTER AID UPDATE:
We received this very special message from our friends at El Puente shelter thanking us for their new stove! We are so glad we can provide a small comfort such as hot meals to our migrant friends, as their old stove had stopped working. As always, we are incredibly grateful to all of you for your continued support, and for making sure our beloved families in Tijuana continue to be cared for regardless of the state of the world. We also want to give a huge thank you to our directors for always caring for their shelter inhabitants, and for being flexible and willing to adapt to how we provide aid
Thank you so much to the San Diego Union Tribune for the recognition:
Read a bit about our Executive Director Dulce Garcia and why she was chosen to be part of "Phenomenal San Diego Women in Advocacy and Empowerment".
"She came to this country when she was 4 and settled with her family into the shadow world of the unauthorized. Sleeping under someone’s kitchen table. Working jobs that paid her in cash. Dulce Garcia saved enough of that money to go to college, then law school, and works now as an immigration attorney and as executive director of the human-rights group Border Angels. She was one of the plaintiffs challenging the Trump administration decision — ruled unlawful last week by the U.S. Supreme Court — to end protections for her and thousands of other “dreamers,” people brought as children to the country illegally by their parents. “To live in America is to hope,” she told the Union-Tribune two years ago. “It’s what brought us to this country in the first place.”
WE NEED YOUR HELP:
Our friends at Refugee Health Alliance are one of the last organizations providing medical care for migrants and asylum seekers in Tijuana.
Health services for asylum-seeking refugees have nearly come to a stop as a result of Covid19 travel restrictions. The local Tijuana clinic for refugees has closed and clinicians are unable to travel to Tijuana to meet with those who are in dire need of medical and mental health support. While migrants may go to Mexican hospitals, doing so is difficult financially and risky as many migrants face persecution by gangs outside of the shelters they are staying in.
How You Can Help?
In this time where access to health services and emotional support are critical for all of us, you can donate tablets to shelters housing refugees and provide access to telehealth services, connecting medical and mental health providers directly with ~850 refugees in need.
Mail in your donation today to:
1680 Broadway Ste. A
Chula Vista, CA 91911
For more info or questions please email email@example.com