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Organizations Helping Separated Families Reunite

In the past few weeks there has been uproar against the separation of immigrant families entering the U.S.

The Trump administration’s policy has driven many to take social action. Protests have reached cities like Los Angeles, El Paso, New York and San Francisco.

Now that President Donald Trump has signed an executive order ending the separations. However, questions remain over what actions will take place next.

When will the families be reunited? Will they be separated again? How long will the reunification process take? Will these families receive asylum protection?

Organizations throughout the country are working to reunite families and answer these questions. The following organizations accept volunteers. Donations are also one way to help out- even from a distance:

RAICES: A non-profit organization that works to provide free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas.

Urban Justice Center:The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project connects refugees with legal services and community support.

American Bar Association: Through the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) pro bono legal services are given to asylum seekers detained in South Texas by the United States government.

Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center: Are dedicated towards providing legal representation to immigrants who otherwise would not be able to afford it. The organization relies on volunteer attorneys and interns for many of its cases.

Justice For Our Neighbors:  JFON supports a hospitality ministry that welcomes immigrants by providing free or low-cost, expert immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Kids In Need of Defense: Helps ensure high quality legal representation in immigrations courts for unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children.

Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services: The largest provider of free and low cost immigration legal services in West Texas and New Mexico. One of the legal services offered is family-based immigration matters.

According to the U.S Department of Homeland Security, 522 children have been reunited with an additional 16 reunions in process. 2,053 children remain separated and in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR.)

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Tatiana Diaz

Tatiana Diaz is a student at Cal State University, Fullerton and a reporter for MUSE. She will be receiving her Bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in journalism this Summer. Tatiana has a passion for reporting on fashion, entertainment and pop culture.

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