"I'm donating again. This is the way we fight back and win one family at a time.--Bonnie
"Estoy donando de nuevo. Esta es la forma en que luchamos y ganamos. Una familia a la vez.”-- Bonnie
We are NOW a 501(c)3 organization.
Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the tax code.
We cannot accept donations of any kind earmarked for a specific family.
To date we have reunited 119 families totaling well over $1,000,000 to give immigrant families the gift of freedom from detention prisons and foster care across the country.
Bonds typically range from $1500 - $30,000 per person. We have freed mothers, sisters, fathers, brothers, adult children. The highest bond we have paid is $40,000.
We also try to find pro bono or deeply discounted immigration specialists to represent our families in their lengthy and complicated asylum proceedings.
Now that freedom from detention is secured for these families, donations are essential in helping them survive until they are eligible for work permits.
We provide the best possible chance of asylum by providing moms, dads and adult family members for whom we post bond: legal, housing, transportation, medical. food, clothing as needed.
We also provide humanitarian relief on the border and support while detained.
To date we have paid $1,205,000 in bonds.
Legal counsel is vital to navigate the complicated asylum process. While we do seek pro bono counsel, most immigration attorneys have more than exhausted their budget for giving free counsel.
Your donation also provides the costs associated in obtaining:
You give a real chance of a successful asylum case.
Detention support is one of the most overlooked needs for asylum seeking immigrants.
Without this support most have no contact with the outside world and while there are lists posted on the wall of attorneys, they have no money to call them and when they do- they must choose between food or necessities and a phone call to family or advocate/attorney.
We also provide support to those families who lose an asylum seeking loved one while in detention to help defray the costs of obtaining the remains which can cost in excess of $6000 in addition to funeral expenses.
Housing and utilities are the most expensive budget item each month outside of the payment of bonds. The average rent is $1500 per month, plus utilities.
In addition to rent there are also monthly expenses:
Most of our families are not eligible for work permits for nearly a year. They need stable and safe housing. Your gift provides just that!
Each family grocery budget is approximately a minimum of $400+ per month, depending on location and number of family members.
Your gift towards groceries provides nutritious food every day, something families were denied while in detention and in their home countries. With this gift you ensure no one goes hungry.
Our families are, more times than not, released with only the clothes on their backs. We provide the basics for their immediate needs.
Each family has different needs depending on their circumstances.
When needed we provide:
You're giving the gift of having more than just the clothes on their backs.
The care in detention is extremely poor. Often we see recently released detainees who are sick with colds and flu. We cover the cost of medical care when we cannot obtain free services.
Examples of some of your donations cover:
We partner with and support various social service groups to help meet their urgent needs and we support tent cities and shelters on the border.
"In the words of Mr. Rogers - always look for the helpers. In this way we continue to hold hope amidst pain and suffering." -Eva
"En palabras del Sr. Rogers, siempre busca a los ayudantes. De este modo, podemos seguir teniendo esperanza, en medio de tanto dolor y sufrimiento". -Eva