Nonprofits helping immigrant families

Erin Dreiling Philanthropic Resources, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Last year, we published a blog entry about organizations helping children and their families at our southern border. Many of our donors continue to ask how they can support humanitarian aid and legal services, so we have updated our list. A number of nonprofit organizations, including several local ones, are helping immigrant families with asylum and human rights.

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  • Catholic Charities Atlanta: provides low-cost, quality legal immigration services to more than 6,000 clients annually. Also ensures that unaccompanied children are released into safe environments through home studies and other services
  • Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN): offers free immigration legal services to those seeking asylum
  • Latin America Association: offers general immigration legal services, “Know Your Rights”, workshops, community forums and citizenship drives; and advocacy to address Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Judicial Reform

National organizations and organizations in border communities

  • American Immigration Council: provides research and policy analysis, litigation and communication around immigration issues; based in D.C.
  • Hope Border Institute: provides education on border issues to immigrants, asylum seekers and the general public, and works with leaders in border communities to pursue justice
  • The Florence Project: provides legal and social services to immigrants detained in Arizona
  • International Rescue Committee: provides food, water, basic medical assistance, legal counseling, clothing and emergency shelter for hundreds of people each week who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador
  • Kids in Need of Defense: represents unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings utilizing a network of pro bono attorneys; multiple locations, including an Atlanta presence
  • Las Americas: provides legal representation to low-income immigrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, victims of crime and families seeking reunification in El Paso, Texas
  • RAICES: offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children and families; based in Texas
  • World Relief: has a fund to support families who were separated at the US-Mexico border. In 2018, the organization reports helping to reunite 1,000 families
  • Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights: accompanies immigrant children through court proceedings, advocating for their interests and ensuring their safety. Also has a strong advocacy and education focus with offices in Texas and Arizona

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