Discover How to Take Action in Your State/Community
If you don’t live in a border state, it might feel like what’s happening in the detention camps is a million miles away. However, there are many things you can do in your own state and community to support and protect the rights of immigrant and refugee families and children.
Share Information on Immigrant Rights
The ACLU has critically important information on their website – available in 14 languages – on immigrant rights, including what to do if approached by the police or ICE. Share this link on your social media!
Be an Activist Against Ice
Speaking of ICE, if you have citizenship in this country, you have privilege that you can leverage to help protect undocumented individuals and families in your community. First, call your representatives and demand that they #AbolishICE. Then, read this amazing essay by Teka Lark on how to take direct action as an ally and activist.
Participate in a Protest
Several events are scheduled to take place nationwide in July. Find out about these events by following organizations who are fighting for the rights of immigrants and refugees on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. For a list of organizations, check out our Donate action.
Find Out Where People Are Being Detained in Your State
Check out this map, hosted by Freedom for Immigrants, which tracks where refugees and immigrants are being detained nationwide. This map can also alert you to any available visitation networks in your area where you can volunteer your time (as well as connect you to local immigrant and refugee aid organizations in your region).
Support Migrant and Refugee Families in Your Community
Per the Women’s Refugee Commission: “As [immigrant and refugee] families and children are released and reunited with family or sponsors, they will be entering communities throughout the country. They have undergone long journeys and find themselves in strange new environments. Offer support, friendship, and encouragement. Show them they are welcome here. Schools, churches, and community centers are a good place to start. When the new school year starts, keep an eye out for new students in your child's school or new players on the soccer team. Offer assistance and support.” There is also invaluable information on the Women’s Refugee Commission website on how to potentially serve as a foster parent for youth separated from their families; check out this link for more information.