As many as 14,300 kids are being held in facilities which house large numbers of migrant children, despite the fact that studies have long shown that warehousing of children leads to lasting psychological damage. It may have dropped off the headlines, but the nightmare hasn’t ended both for kids separated from their parents and for unaccompanied minors detained at the border.
We’ll be hearing about the fall-out of this for the rest of our lives, people.
I am beyond frustrated, of course, and impotent, and full of rage at the injustice of all this, and trying desperately to find ways to do something positive instead of shaking my fist at the heavens.
So, ways we can give (list compiled with the help of KidLitSaysNoKidsInCages:
The Florence Project – providing legal & social services to detained immigrants in Arizona: https://firrp.org/
ACLU – fighting attacks through the legal system: http://www.ACLU.org
RAICES — offering free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children and families in Texas. https://www.raicestexas.org/
Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) – protecting unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney: https://supportkind.org/
(And don’t miss their #silencedvoices information section.
Al Otro Lado – serves indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana & Los Angeles: AlOtroLady.org
Read the AP report about the warehousing of migrant kids: click here.