Central American child refugees – how you can help!

July 7, 2014 by · 3 Comments
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Background on what is happening in Central America: 
Many of you have asked how you can help Central American refugees throughout the border region. Below is a list that the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) has compiled of places where you can donate supplies, volunteer your time, or make a financial contribution to support the refugees, most of whom are mothers and children, who are arriving with little more than the clothes on their back. Our border communities are opening our hearts and lending what help we can, but the need is great and your support is extraordinarily important.   Here are the ways that you can help.


In California
In Arizona
In New Mexico
In Texas
 Background Info:
The refugees are arriving to the border and presenting themselves to border agents (they are not attempting illegal entry) and are seeking humanitarian relief from life-threatening danger in their home countries. Though most are arriving in Texas, many are now being transported immediately to other parts of the border to be processed. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents throughout the border are processing the refugees into their system and issuing them Notices to Appear (NTA) in court. Everyone will have their day in court to pursue any and all possible humanitarian claims, which could include asylum, visas for victims of human trafficking or violent crimes, or other relief. Legal service providers are gearing up to represent them with support from new funding from the Justice Corps.
Once issued an NTA, refugees are turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which makes a custody determination. If the refugees have no criminal record and have a family or sponsor that can take them in, then they are released from custody either under their Own Recognizance (OR) or, in limited cases, with payment of a bond. They are directed to report to ICE within a certain number of days in the jurisdiction of their destination where they will be scheduled for court. Upon release from ICE, the organizations below are providing temporary shelter, travel assistance, and other assistance that these families might need.
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3 Responses to “Central American child refugees – how you can help!”
  1. I rarely leave responses, but i did a few searching and wound up here
    Central American child refugees – how you can help!
    : Stop the Checkpoints. And I actually do have a few questions for you if you don’t mind.
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  2. B. Carranza says:

    Thanks for your article & recommended donation sites…currently there is very little online for donations…at least there are few sites asking for goods/services.

    It amazes me that so many “Americans” are against the refugees coming over to the USA…exactly where is it that most of our ancestors came from…certainly Not the USA, not really–except of course for all the Native American Indians that were here–before our ancestors took over!

    Anyway, that aside, I’m glad the other end of the issue is finally being addressed–US intervention with Central American countries..Re: gangs & atrocities being committed south of the border–beyond Mexico & even into South America–mostly against women and children…evil is having it’s hay-day, to say the least. I pray that it can be curved, slowed down, controlled to some extent…that there may be at least one more generation to enjoy this beautiful planet that is fighting humanity itself…to stay alive; can we all please “wake up” & make it for another 100 years?

    I do hope my donation will go to help a few women & children…even teens–mostly innocents, being brutalized by their own countrymen/gov’ts, by criminals & deviates along their way to the borders into the US–stay alive, survive & thrive, despite what naysayers think!

    I also pray for those who don’t make across alive. May their souls be at peace, their spirits with God, & may their families get to know what happened to them & somehow find solace!!!

    Have a good day!

  3. Lois says:

    Thank you for your message. We in Stop The Checkpoints continue to work for the right of people to move where they want/need to in order to have a better life.

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