10 Concrete Ways to Stand with Immigrant Youth
1) Buy something for detained kids from our Amazon Wish List. Our Detained Children’s Team brings these books, movies, art supplies, and toys to the detention facilities housing refugee children, and donates them to the children who are then released locally that we represent in their immigration cases.
2) 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.
3) Donate to support CAIR Coalition's Detained Children's Program. Your contributions provide essential support to our critical advocacy, legal services, and social services we provide on behalf of detained refugee children in the DC area.
4) 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.
5) Take on a pro bono case. Our Pro Bono Legal Teams who take on cases help us represent even more children than we can serve in-house. Your representation can make a dramatic difference in the life of a refugee child seeking protection and permanency in the U.S.
6) Conduct pro bono or low bono medical/psychological exams. Many psychologists, mental health experts and doctors help corroborate the credibility of a client, they are especially important for children who sometimes cannot verbalize the trauma they experienced. Your report can make a major difference in a child’s fight to stay safe in the United States.
7) Educate yourself about the issues facing immigrant children from Central America and Mexico in local detention centers, and all those at our borders. Family Separation never ended, read about it here. We face record levels of detained immigrant children in the U.S., as reported here. Learn how the administration denied legal services to detained immigrant children here. Read about the current attacks against the rights of immigrant children here. Learn about the dangerous “Remain in Mexico” policy here.
8) Volunteer as a Child Advocate with the Young Center. A Child Advocate meets with a detained refugee child to offer them a compassionate listening ear and keeps their best interests front and center.
9) Volunteer at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). LAYC, through a variety of programs, helps formerly detained immigrant children find a place in their new community.
10) Volunteer at your local public school. Newly arrived, formerly detained immigrant children benefit immensely from caring mentors who can help them adjust to new lives in the U.S.
For our Fourth Annual Noviembre de Ninos, we will be taking the month of November, to share updates about our Detained Children's Program, highlight our amazing staff, and share stories of our brave young clients.