Immigrant Families Together General Fund

$1,204,230 of $2.0M goal

Raised by 3,107 people in 1 month
Created July 1, 2019
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Immigrant Families Together was founded in June 2018 in response to the inhumane immigration policy separating families at the U.S./Mexico border. We pay bonds for parents in detention and work to reunite them with their children. Additionally, we support over 100 reunited families as they recover from their detention trauma and adjust to life in the U.S. while their asylum cases are adjudicated.

NONE of the IFT volunteers are paid.
ALL of your funds will go directly to rapid response needs.

HOW WE USE DONATIONS:                         
- Pay bonds to release detained immigrants.
- Legal and relocation costs for related detained immigrants.
- Acute needs such as medical, food and transportation costs, clothing, blankets, car seats and diapers for families who have been released, and temporary housing stipends for refugees who have just been released from detention and have no family in the U.S.
- Supporting our partners on the border with their critical needs.
- Operating costs to cover emerging needs and infrastructure.

All funds will be withdrawn by GoFundMe.org and then transferred to IFT outside of the platform.

Thank you for your generosity and support.

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ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

That sounds like an enormous amount of money -- and it is. But in the year since IFT was founded, we've spent nearly three-quarters of a million dollars on bonds, and that's only the first step in the important work we do.

Once we pay a bond and a parent or guardian is released from immigration detention, we commit to those who need ongoing support that we will accompany them on their journey.

That means, in some cases, paying for their housing, their medical, mental and dental health care, their legal counsel, their groceries, and their transportation... all because most of them aren't yet eligible for a work permit. The support of Immigrant Families Together means that these families have the opportunity to build a safe and stable life together while they pursue their asylum claims in immigration court.

And that support pays off -- literally. While we know that not everyone we support will be granted asylum, to date, of the 76 adults for whom we've posted bond, two have had their final hearings, and both have been granted asylum... and both in southern states where asylum approval ratings are quite low. The money we've invested in legal counsel in special cases has also paid off, resulting in outcomes that other organizations had written off as unwinnable... not worth investing in.

The bottom line is this: We believe in supporting long shots. We believe in creating opportunities for others to pursue the embodiment of that most essential American vision: to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. We can only do that because of you. Your support quite literally means life for so many people, and we thank you for the part you play in their lives and ours.
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$1,204,230 of $2.0M goal

Raised by 3,107 people in 1 month
Created July 1, 2019
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