While immigrants at our southern border have been portrayed as coming to the U.S. illegally, many have legitimate claims for legal asylum. If you are looking to help immigrant families at the border and in New York, we’ve compiled the short list below; it includes some lesser-known organizations doing critical work. All of the groups have been vetted by The New York Community Trust.
Headquartered in Nogales, AZ, the Kino Border Initiative provides food, shelter, and basic medical care to migrants just across the border in Nogales, Mexico. Last year, it served over 46,000 meals to migrant families. They accept cash and in-kind donations.
Many of the agencies proving emergency humanitarian aid in the border lands are small and volunteer-run. The El Paso Community Foundation is pooling resources to give to these agencies through its Migrant Families Relief Fund. 100% of donations will pass through to provide direct services.
Families at the border also need lawyers to get them out of detention and to win their asylum cases. Texas Access to Justice Foundation is distributing funds to legal services programs along the border through its Families in Crisis fund.
Children and families who make it to NYC will find the most comprehensive network of free immigration lawyers in the country. In 2014, with help from The Trust and City Council, five groups came together to provide representation to children facing deportation proceedings. Support of generous New Yorkers like you help them continue this work today: