11 Concrete Ways to Stand With Immigrant Youth

Nov 01, 2017

1) Buy something for detained kids from our Amazon Wish List. These books, movies, art supplies, and toys will be donated by CAIR Coalition to the detention facilities housing refugee children in the DC area. Many items on the list were requested specifically by kids who are currently detained. We’ll make sure they get them in time for Christmas.

2) Choose the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition as your charitable organization on AmazonSmile. If you log into Amazon through the AmazonSmile page, proceeds of every purchase you make will go to CAIR Coalition.

3) Donate to CAIR Coalition. Your contributions provide essential support to our advocacy on behalf of detained refugee children in the DC area.

4) Take on a pro bono case. Your representation can make a dramatic difference in the life of a refugee child seeking protection and permanency in the U.S.

5) Conduct pro bono or low bono medical/psychological exams. Your report can make a major difference in a child’s fight for asylum.

6) Volunteer to interpret and/or translate for CAIR Coalition clients and cases. While our Detained Children's Program has a particular need for Spanish-speakers, the Detained Adult Program sees detained immigrants from all over the world.

7) Subscribe to CAIR Coalition’s email list. Keep up to date on our work with detained refugee children on the Metro, during your morning coffee…

8) Educate yourself about the issues facing the refugee children from Central America and Mexico in local detention centers. Start with this excellent blog post on the inhumanity of prolonged detention.

9) Volunteer as a Child Advocate. Child Advocates help ensure that a detained refugee child’s best interests are kept front and center.

10) Volunteer at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). LAYC, through a variety of programs, helps formerly detained refugee children find a place in their new community.

11) Volunteer at your local public school. Newly arrived, formerly detained refugee children benefit immensely from caring mentors who can help them adjust to new lives in the U.S.