Border Crisis Resources
We recently made a call to our listeners asking them to highlight resources and organizations related to the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Unsurprisingly, they stepped up to the plate, as our community always does. We’ve aggregated the recommended resources here.
All resources are recommended by our community of listeners and have not been vetted by anyone on the Pantsuit Politics team. Please use your best judgement any time you donate your time or resources to an unknown organization.
Organizations Working On the Border
Listener comments: RAICES Texas is doing a tremendous job of mobilizing volunteers to do credible fear interviews at detention centers, educating people about immigration law and policy, and raising funds to support legal representation for people in immigration detention. I cannot praise their work highly enough. They have opportunities to volunteer remotely, too, especially for people who can provide translation services.
Listener comments: For the lawyers, Tahirih Justice Center needs volunteers to take long-term immigration cases. That frees up their full-time, well trained, highly experienced lawyers to deal with the emergent situations in the detention facilities and related to ICE raids.
Listener comments: In Houston, BakerRipley neighborhood centers trains volunteers to conduct legal screenings and help qualified LPRs complete citizenship applications. You do not have to be a lawyer to volunteer.
Listener comments: This page from Travis Park Church in downtown San Antonio has the most useful collection of resources I know of, including where to send food, clothing, hygiene items, and funds. It also provides the on-ramps to volunteering at our primary migrant resource center and shelter.
Listener comments: Most migrant families pass through in a matter of days. But some (e.g. pregnant women who are near to term) end up needing to stay for weeks or months. San Antonio Mennonite Church has a longer-stay home that can house a few families at once, and is working on additional shelter solutions. The work they do is beautiful and vital, and can be supported through the link.
Listener comments: The Interfaith Welcome Coalition meets migrants at the airport and bus station each day when the drop-offs happen. They provide backpacks with hygiene items, water, snacks, coloring books, etc.
Listener comments: This is a PDF of a flyer that was passed out at a detention center protest in early July. Indivisible Houston put it together and it includes a long list of organizations that are accepting money, items, and volunteer hours.
Listener comments: They gather and compile requests from organizations in need of legal services--from urgent help needed for the families separated yesterday in Mississippi to help for military families to fighting sexual harassment with the Times Up Legal Defense Fund. Lots of options for those of us looking to do some good with our legal educations.
Listener comments: An ecumenical faith-based organization that I’m on the board of, Fellowship SW, is actively engaged in work on the border and through its newsletters shares first-hand info and ways to help.
Individuals Working on the Border
Listener comments: Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch is an Austin-based immigration lawyer who has been at the forefront of mobilizing and training volunteers to visit the detention centers. She has a newsletter that shares opportunities for lawyers, social workers, therapists, translators, and others to volunteer. She also has a blog.
Texas Baptist Border Missionaries
Listener comments: These individuals are assisting with immigrants and deportees. Please email them for a current list of needed items and, if your church would like to send a team, which type of teams are needed and when.
Location: Laredo and Nuevo Laredo
Always in need of help and donations. Daily ministry on both sides of the border
Email: ruthortiz150 at gmail.com
Partnering with Catholic Charities Receipt Center
Email: rgv.riverministry at gmail.com
He just started working in this ministry in June. He lives in Rio Bravo, Mexico, a town right next to Reynosa.
Email: p_munoz20 at hotmail.com
Location: Del Rio
He can also help you with contacts in Acuña.
Email: shonyoung at live.com
Location: El Paso
He also just started. They do ministry in the shelters.
Email: chuy.galarza6 at gmail.com