Since October 26, 2018 immigration authorities have been vetting families seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border and releasing them in San Diego without resources or transportation.Even with heightened enforcement at the border in late-November, asylum-seeking families continue to be released every day in San Diego, and we need your help to continue meeting their urgent needs.
These families are fleeing violence, suffering, and persecution in their home countries. They have endured many hardships on a long and dangerous journey to the United States. Like many of us, they have come here by whatever means possible to give their children a better life. Desperate and in need of help, these families are arriving at a Migrant Shelter in San Diego run by the San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN)
, a coalition of human rights and service organizations working for the protection of immigrants.
Upon arrival at the shelter, the SDRRN and its partners quickly respond to the most pressing needs of these vulnerable children and families by providing meals, a hot shower, medical care, and legal services
. Most families have children ranging in age from three months to 10 years old. These children often need formula and diapers, and toys to add joy to what is a very difficult experience.The SDRRN and its partners are committed to responding to the needs of these vulnerable families. Your support will be the welcoming hand these families so desperately need.
Once families' immediate, basic needs are met, the SDRRN coordinates travel and provides limited financial assistance to help them reunite with loved ones in other U.S. cities – often a multi-day bus trip across the country. Staff also ensure that these newcomers receive detailed information about their rights as asylum seekers - including when they must report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and appear in court in their destination cities.From October 26, 2018 to late June 2019, the SDRRN has sheltered nearly 17,000 asylum seekers (see updates for more recent metrics).
Every day, as many as 40 families are arriving at the shelter after being cleared by the Department of Homeland Security to enter the United States. Your support will give these vulnerable families the resources and compassionate support they need at this critical point of their journey to find freedom, safety, and a better life.
About San Diego Rapid Response Network
As a coalition of human rights and service organizations, attorneys, and community leaders, the San Diego Rapid Response Network stands ready to provide a humanitarian response, aiding immigrants and their families in the San Diego border region.
Core Partners: ACLU - ACLU San Diego and Imperial Counties; JFS - Jewish Family Service of San Diego;
SEIU – Local 221 ; SDOP – San Diego Organizing ProjectAs a core partner and fiscal agent for the San Diego Rapid Response Network, Jewish Family Service of San Diego manages the San Diego Rapid Response Network Fund to support the coalition's work. 100% of your donation goes to the SDRRN. Jewish Family Service is a 501(C)3 and all donations go through the PayPal Giving Fund. Donations are tax-deductible.