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Reunite an immigrant parent with their child

Fundraiser for RAICES by Charlotte Willner, Malorie Lucich McGee and Dave Willner

Who is this fundraiser for?

This fundraiser is for The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). RAICES is the largest immigration legal services non-profit in TX, focusing on under-served immigrant children, families and refugees.

From their Facebook page: “RAICES is an organization that serves immigrants and refugees in our community by providing immigration-related legal services, advocacy and opportunities for educational and social support.

We believe that by actively promoting the well-being and informed participation of immigrants and refugees in the community, everyone benefits.”

Their Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/raicestexas/ and their website is https://www.raicestexas.org/

MATCH ALERT: this fundraiser has been matched up to 260K by several private donors. Thank you, matchers!!

We're still looking for more matching donors - PM an organizer if you can help! FAQs about how RAICES gets the money, other ways you can help: https://bit.ly/2M4yWMm

STORY

We are collectively repulsed at what's happening to immigrant families on our southern border. In times when we often think that the news can't possibly get worse, it does -- we learned last night that 2000 children (many of them infants and toddlers) have been separated from their parents in just six weeks under President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy.

These children don't know where their parents are. Their parents aren't allowed to communicate with them while in custody. The government hasn't set up a system to reunite separated parents and children if one or both are ultimately released.

In many cases, parents have been deported without their children -- sometimes, young children are deported without their parents. Until the election, I think there's little chance of a political solution to this grave American moral failing.

But there is still something we can do.

Today we are raising money for RAICES (https://www.facebook.com/raicestexas), the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas.

For years, RAICES has been working with some of the most vulnerable members of our society to ensure they receive advocacy and fair legal representation.

They have two key goals at this time: -directly fund the bond necessary to get parents out of detention and reunited with their children while awaiting court proceedings -ensure legal representation for EVERY child in Texas' immigration courts (last year, 76% of kids (over 13,000!) did not have representation)

Bonds are set at a MINIMUM of $1500, and are usually in the range of $5-10K, even for asylum seekers without any criminal history.

We are starting our goal at $1500 and will see how far we get.

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