WHAT YOU CAN DO TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF ASYLUM SEEKERS AND IMMIGRANTS:
Donna Smith, clerk PYM’s Latin American Concerns Committee, encouraged Friends to take the following actions:
- Visit detention centers.
Speak to Edie or Arthur regarding this. We coordinate with Freedom for Immigrants to arrange our group visits.
- Be a witness in immigration hearings.
- Accompany an asylum seeker through the court process.
Matthew 25 is an evangelical immigration support organization that accompanies immigrants to their hearings, as “Guardian Angels,” among other things:
Some Freedom for Immigrants detention visitation volunteers are also getting involved in court accompaniment.
- Become a sanctuary or support sanctuaries in your area.
- Sponsor an immigrant or support sponsors in your area.
Our additional suggestions include:
- Become and stay informed regarding immigration issues on a city, state, and national level.
You can use Google Alerts to stay informed of current developments.
- Become a Pen Pal for an immigrant in detention.
(Submit volunteer application listed in the following Freedom for Immigrants hot line section)
- Help staff the Hot Line for Freedom for Immigrants https://www.freedomforimmigrants.org/hotline/
Please email Cynthia Galaz at CGalaz@freedomforimmigrants.orgor call 510-806-1430 to learn more.Freedom for Immigrants Volunteer Interest Form:
- Help raise bail funds.
CLUE and Freedom for Immigrants both have bail funds.
A list of some more bond fund-related organizations: https://groups.google.com/forum/ – !topic/pasadena-social-change-ministry-resource-list/fuDzYY7De7Y
- Assist immigrants released from detention with transportation and relocation.
We have an inter-faith network of people helping with this; Quakers from Santa Monica and Orange County are arranging rides for those released. Volunteers work with both CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) and Freedom for Immigrants.
- Offer financial or volunteer support to organizations involved in immigrant advocacy or support work.
CHIRLA, NDLON, CLUE, Carecen, Orange County Justice Fund, Esperenza all are good choices.
- Advocate for immigration reform in person or through correspondence with elected representatives.
Our FCNL Advocacy teams can include you in future visits: speak to Edie or Anthony
- Publicize human civil rights violations on your blog, in letters to editors, on social media and any venue that you have access to.
- Participate in demonstrations responding to human rights violations.
ACLU, AFSC, and Indivisible are all good resources for keeping abreast of demonstrations.
- Become a BIA Certified Representative and assist immigrants with their legal cases.
This requires sponsorship from an affiliated organization: some have been sponsored by Catholic Charities.
For further information on how to make a difference please contact the clerk of our Peace and Social Concerns Committee (email firstname.lastname@example.org and request that it be forwarded to the P&SC clerk) or UU/Quaker Social Change Ministry. at