332
332
2

Help a migrant family heal

$27,221 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 334 people in 4 months
Created July 31, 2018
Families Belong Together
on behalf of Mark Lane
We know that the Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane family separation policy at our borders has affected you in a deep way. 

Your hearts have broken with ours when you read stories like this one , about a little 6 year old girl being sexually and physically abused twice after she was separated from her mother for OVER 50 DAYS.

To make matters worse, after the first incident, the little girl (D.L.) was forced to sign a document stating that it was her responsibility to stay away from the abuser:

31778406_1533073692743412_r.jpeg
The trauma of separation from a loving parent is already severe enough to affect a child’s entire life. But to add this kind of horror to it is unimaginable.

This is completely unacceptable!

We know you often feel helpless to do anything, but now you can directly help the family in the Nation story linked above. 

We are in close touch with the family and will give 100% of all money raised directly to them.

Please help get them back on their feet; the money raised will go towards medical and psychological services for the little girl and therapy for her parents as well, towards a safe and peaceful place to live, and any other needs they have. 

We cannot reveal any of the family’s personal details for both their privacy and also due to their ongoing asylum case, but we can assure you they are immensely grateful to receive your help. 

PLEASE GIVE WHAT YOU CAN AND SHARE THIS PAGE WITH OTHERS 

               

Information added to permit withdrawls: 

1) I am Anna Tarkov, the Media & Communications Director of Families Belong Together (familiesbelong.org)

2) I'm originally from the former USSR; I was born in Kiev and immigrated to the US with my family in 1989 at the age of 8. Currently I live in the Chicago suburbs. 

3) Our relationship to this family is that of being in a position to use our platform to raise money and offer them aid. The father contacted us via our FB page, desperate to get his wife and daughter reunited and reunite with them himself. We have been in close contact with him throughout this process. He is very grateful for the generosity that people have shown his family. 

4) The funds will be used to repay substantial legal debts totaling approximately $14,000. The remainder will be used for therapy for the family, the little girl, possibly rent/a deposit on a place to live, and other expenses. 

5) We initially thought the family could withdraw on their own, but it seems you need a SS# which obviously none of them have. So we will withdraw the funds and we plan to wire them the money. Alternately, we may go through the nonprofit that Mark Lane, their advocate, works with. 

Thank you.
+ Read More
Hello everyone and THANK YOU again for your generosity thus far. It doesn't matter what amount you have given; every little bit helps!

In our previous update, we told you that this little girl had her 6th birthday recently.

Since her mama and dad couldn't afford many presents for her, we wanted to report that advocates working with the family put together a "birthday in a box" for her.

Here's a photo of it.

It contains art supplies, toys, and lots of other fun things that she is sure to love.

Please continue to spread the word about this campaign so that we can meet our goal; there is still so much that this family needs.
+ Read More
Hi everyone!

We have been in touch with the family we are helping several times and we wanted to share that they are very touched by this outpouring of support. The little girl recently turned 6 and although they don't have the resources for a party right now, there was a cake and she was very happy to be with her mama and dad.

Please continue to share this campaign and give more if you are able; as you can see we are still very far from our goal.

At this point we aren't even going to be able to pay off the legal debts that the father incurred before we got involved and found pro bono lawyers for him. He owes approximately $14,000 and receiving that amount would only get the family back to zero and leave nothing for starting a new life.

The father is working double shifts and looking for a second job; he is hard-working and proud and wants to provide for his family and has said that he would pay back every dollar even if we didn't raise anything, but you can only imagine how long that will take.

Thank you for reading.

Please keep sharing this campaign. Tell your local faith groups, your co-workers, your progressive/social justice groups that you are active in; tell everyone you can.
+ Read More
Thank you so much for your generosity so far!

While we are off to a good start, as you can see we are still very far from our goal of making a meaningful difference for this family.

Just to give you an idea of their circumstances, mother, father, and daughter are living in a living room of an apartment with other family members. Thus they have no privacy whatsoever.

They don't have a car.

The father is working double shifts just to try to repay his legal debts, many accrued from paying lawyers who did NOTHING to help his wife and daughter's case.

The little girl is desperately in need of counseling and so are her parents. She has nightmares, she's not eating well, she behaves like she's still in detention, and she begs her parents never to leave her again. They must pay out of pocket for therapy, because they don't qualify for any insurance benefits.

Please continue to spread the word about this campaign, not just online, but in conversations with your friends and family and co-workers.

It's true that we cannot help every family.

But we can help this one.

Thank you.
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update

$27,221 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 334 people in 4 months
Created July 31, 2018
Families Belong Together
on behalf of Mark Lane
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
$25
Dianne Modell
17 days ago
MW
$15
Milagros Wilson
1 month ago
KK
$150
Kira Kellinger
3 months ago
$14,000
Anonymous
3 months ago
$150
Anonymous
3 months ago
$100
Caroline Rupert
3 months ago
JC
$20
Jennifer Cherney
3 months ago
MA
$100
Mollie Acquavella
3 months ago
DO
$10
Diana Orozco
3 months ago
$25
Lorraine Madry
3 months ago
or
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.