The shocking photo of a father and his almost two-year-old daughter who drowned while trying to cross the border from Mexico to the United States has gone around the world. The photo has renewed concern about the situation faced by those who try to go "to the other side."
President Donald Trump's “zero tolerance” policy has led to the multiplication, expansion, and even creation of such centers to accommodate minors traveling alone or with their families.
In May 2018, more than 2,400 children were separated from their families and placed in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). About 12,900 minors are detained in detention centers. This number has been increasing.
In the face of the tragedy, many wonder how they can personally help these minors. Here are 5 suggestions on how to alleviate the situation:
1.- Make a donation
"You can help by calling Sister Norma Pimentel at 956-702-40-88 and you can also donate to Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley located on Virgen de San Juan Blvd San Juan Tx 78589," reported the Mexican journalist Enrique Acevedo when revealing a photo of the conditions in which some of the children are and the deprivations that are happening:
5.- Send your donations directly:
Catholic Charities has opened a humanitarian relief center in the Rio Grande Valley where you need: toiletries (toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, sanitary pads. Also you need clothes, tennis shoes, baby diapers, bottles and wipes Disposable. Sealed food is also requested, such as peanut butter, cookies, granola bars, and chips. Also looking for plastic zip lock bags, prepaid phone cards.
The address is:
c / o Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
700 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd
San Juan Tx 78589
Attention: the Humanitarian Center
3.-Donate money to the children's lawyers
ActBlue, KIND and the group Raices, in Texas, offer free legal representation for minors detained at the border. Another aid organization is the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Locally New Sanctuary Coalition offers help in New York; Raíces and Las Americas in El Paso provide assistance in Texas; the Americans for Immigrant Justice helps in Florida and the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund supports in Colorado.
3.- Donate your time as a volunteer
The Texas Civil Rights Project seeks help from volunteers who speak Spanish and other languages to help with different cases in cities in that state. This organization has identified and helped about 500 families who have been separated at the border. Angry Tías Abuelas del Río Grande Valley and Team Bronwsville help migrants also operate in this area:
5.- Report the raids and arrests
Organizations like the National Immigration Law Center and Raices have called on the population to report when raids occur in their area. Organizations like United We Dream have established phone lines where such raids can be reported. It is suggested not to spread the information through networks to avoid creating unfounded panic in the population.