10 Ways to Stand up for Immigrant/Children’s Rights

This week, I’m doing things a little differently. In lieu of the usual “6 things” news and online musings, these links are focused on concrete actions you can take to support the rights of immigrants and children of immigrants, no matter who you are:

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Teacher Resources
To anyone in the noble position of supporting young people, I stand with you. You have my deepest respect.

  1. One of my favorite education websites, ¡Colorín Colorado!, put together a wealth of resources for After the Election: Ideas and Guidance for Teachers of ELLs.
  2. I hope this isn’t happening at your school, but if ever it does (at school or outside), the Morningside Center put together a guide on what to do when students make hurtful, oppressive remarks.

Everyone Resources
You don’t have to be a teacher or a lawyer to be an advocate. Here are some organizations that defend and advance immigrant rights – they could really use your money and time. Even $5 or $10 helps make a meaningful difference.

  1. The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights supports the well-being of young immigrant children. Donate or volunteer here.
  2. Border Angels champions immigration reform and social justice along the U.S./Mexico border. Donate or (if you are based in San Diego) volunteer here. This organization literally close to home for me, since I lived in San Diego for the first few years in the United States – the immigrant community there is one I hold dear.
  3. The National Immigration Law Center advocates and litigates to protect the rights of low-income immigrants. Donate or volunteer here.
  4. The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles has been advocates for the rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles since 1986. Donate or volunteer here.
  5. The National Immigration Forum advocates for immigrants and immigration nationally. They offer professional skill-building to support immigrants seeking employment, language learning resources, and advocacy at the policy-level. Donate here.
  6. CARA Pro Bono is a Texas-based organization that provides pro bono representation to children and families facing deportation. Donate or volunteer here.
  7. MALDEF (The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) provides educational programs, economic support, and legal advocacy for the advancement of Latinx civil rights. Learn about it and donate here.
  8. Lastly, as I mentioned in my last post, I urge you not to discount the power of individual kindness. This political moment calls on us to be good neighbors, speak out about injustice, and stand up for one another.

Which of these organizations do you plan to support? Are there any I left out?

Hoping you are finding strength and purpose. Have a restful weekend.

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