Families fleeing violence to seek a better, safer life in the United States deserve our compassion. Being torn apart upon reaching our border is beyond horrific. If the upcoming marches this Saturday (you can find one Western Washington here) have you inspired to do more, here are some ways you can help people in King County and beyond.
Northwest Immigrants Rights Project is accepting donations to help the more than 200 asylum seekers who have been transported from the southern border to Washington. They can also use interpreters. We’re proud to fund their work and it’s more important now than ever. Check their website often, as needs can change.
Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, also known as RAICES, is working tirelessly to reunify families. On their site they have opportunities to sign petitions, start letter campaigns, fundraise and more. If you’re feeling powerless, this can be a good place to direct your energy.
As always, the ACLU is working to protect the rights of children and parents at the border. They have a list of 5 things you can do to help these families. Check it out and get started.
We continue to #LiveUnitedForEquity and support immigrants and refugees from all over the world right here in King County. Your donations here provide assistance to people trying to build a life after extreme circumstances. For example, $250 can help with a family’s attorney fees. $50 covers one month’s bus fare to/from attorney or case manager offices. Every bit helps. No matter where you want to direct your resources, there are organizations that can put them to good use for parents and children.