Our humanitarian work isn’t just about serving the needs of our clients, it’s about taking a holistic approach by working in tandem w other on the ground orgs in Tijuana to make sure they have what they need to address the most urgent needs of migrants affected by this pandemic.
Today, we were able to provide a water filtration system for @PrevencasaAc, a clinic fighting to reduce the impact of HIV by providing free medical services. Access to clean water is a basic human right.

But we didn’t do this alone. It was thanks to your generous donations to our Migrant Humanitarian Fund that we were able to provide clean water to a medical clinic today. If you’d like to make a donation or learn about the fund, click here!

To learn more about @PrevencasaAc and support thier life-saving work, click here! sites.google.com/view/www-preve…

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14 Oct 20
Because of your donations to our #covid19 Humanitarian Migrant Fund, we’ve been able to start (socially distant) breastfeeding and parenting classes out of our Tijuana offices for new parents who have been denied their right to asylum + remain trapped at the border.
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We originally began these classes thinking it would only be for the mothers, but then we realized the fathers were also interested. They would drop off their partners and linger a bit until finally they would end up staying for the whole class!

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We are incredibly sensitive to the trauma our clients have experienced and therefore offer holistic-based programming with an emphasis on natural remedies and healing.

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25 Sep 20
With all that is going on, it is easy to forget that families still remain separated, and we have not stopped our work to reunite them. Over 400 parents were deported without their children and every day we are getting new referrals for cases.

These parents endured an agony no parent should ever have to. Imagine thinking you’ve finally reached safety w ur child only to have them forcefully taken from you. Their screams burning in ur ears as they cry for mama + papa. America kidnapped these children then lost them. 2/4
Covid had set an unfortunate pause on our reunification work, but we continued to remain in touch and support the parents how ever we could. Now that a bit more movement is allowed we are full steam ahead! We won’t stop until we can reunite as many families as possible.

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11 Sep 20
At the height of the #BlackLivesMatter protests, we started to hear heartbreaking feedback from clients, recent asylees, horrified at what they were seeing happening in America and beginning to wonder if they had made a mistake coming to seek safety in this country.

Many of them found themselves reliving or being reminded of the same persecution they had fled.

The curfews in effect during #ArabSpring. The military brutalizing peaceful protests. The rise of fascism under this administration. . . .

Our client Chris who was granted asylum 9/19, had been studying to be a lawyer before he escaped the Cameroonian Civil War w his mother. He asked us, "I don't understand. I thought in America the police + military were meant to protect you. Why are they the ones harming us?"
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19 Aug 20
🧵 As we enter deeper into the storm of the election don’t get swept up into the notion that if Biden gets elected everything will finally be better + we can stop fighting. Did racism suddenly disappear when Obama was elected? Were Black people finally treated w dignity?
These problems didn't start with Trump. The hate was always there bubbling beneath the surface. Trump just turned up the heat to max. He made it ok to finally let that bigoted freak flag fly. In fact, he proudly encouraged it. Made made it the cornerstone of his presidency.
Don’t get us wrong, this isn't to underscore how absolutely crucial it is for Trump to be defeated because FR, we immigration lawyers/advocates may not survive 4 more years of this “genocidal toddler,” as our Co-Founder + Legal Director @Noraistired lovingly refers to him.

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14 Aug 20
Over the past couple weeks a common fear has been coming up in conversations with our clients detained at #OtayMesa, one of the hardest hit detention centers with Covid cases.

“If I die in here. What is going to happen to my children?”

Having almost accepted the real possibility of dying in detention, their new terror is having their children swept up in the foster care system or worse, deported.
To help them we've been reaching out to pro-bono attorneys to help them draw up wills that include family plans.
America’s “give us your tired, your poor . . .” immigration system stopped being one you simply had to get through a long time ago.

It is now a system you have to literally survive.

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23 Jul 20
In a remarkable decision last yr, a judge ruled the gov was required to provide mental health services to families separated under zero tolerance. The ruling held the gov accountable for mental trauma as a result of its own policies. But getting those services has not been easy.
@brittny_mejia profiles the incredible work of @SenecaFOA as they attempt to locate and offer these services in the middle of a pandemic and speaks to the ongoing trauma these parents and their children experience daily even after they've been reunited.
Our client Luisa who was separated from her 13yr old daughter on Christmas Day 2017 is profiled in this article. We know how hard it was for her even after we were able to reunite them. The trauma doesn’t magically end with reunification. The pain lives inside you forever. Image
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