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Irma Support Team - MOM #7

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SUPPORT FOR IRMA- - MOM #7

NOTE: the fundraising goal for Irma has been raised in order to cover sustaining costs for her and her child while she waits to be eligible to legally earn income in the US without risking deportation. 
Any funds raised beyond this goal will be used to reunite other families.

Immigrant Families Together  is a movement to help reunite detained parents with their children. With grassroots effort and community donations, we have successfully bonded out Yeni Gonzalez and she's held her kids again (   https://nyti.ms/2lRD7jy)-- there is a long line of moms waiting to do the same. 

Irma is the 7th mother we are helping, and is currently detained at an ICE facility in Arizona. Her child has been transferred to another state. Irma CAN be reunited with her child and we're determined to help her, working in conjunction with her attorney, to reunite them.


WHO WE ARE
Immigrant Families Together is a network of Americans committed to rapid response unification of families separated by the 'zero tolerance' policy. We have mobilized to help parents currently detained through the following immediate actions:

1. Raising of bond funds through coordinated crowdfunding and individual giving in order to post bond for parents separated from their children at the US/Mexico Border. 

2. Paying bonds and providing or coordinating pro bono legal representation to fulfill legal responsibilities while awaiting trial so that they may be with their children. 

3. Arranging safe transportation from state of detention to the city where children are currently in foster care. 

4. When needed, finding long-term housing in the destination city while they await trial. 

5. Connecting parents in cities with resources in order to sustain them during the process of being unified with their children. 

6. Working with local organizations and government to expedite the process of achieving full custody of their children while they await trial.  

7. We are creating a toolkit to allow other concerned citizens to replicate our model in order to help bring parents back to their children across the country as quickly as possible.

WHERE WE ARE FROM
Across the United States

HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED
We will be paying Irma’s expenses related to her release transport from Arizona to the state where her child is, and paying for her accommodations, food, cell phone, and other expenses, as well as providing her with support to attend appointments and reunite with her child. 

HOW WE ARE RELATED TO THE BENEFICIARY
We are not related to Irma or her attorney by blood. We are a community of concerned parents and citizens who don't support the current separation policy and want to do our part to reunify Irma with her child.

HOW WILL WE BE HANDLING THE FUNDS
We will withdraw all donated funds to Julie, the leader/organizer/founder of Immigrant Families Together. They will then be transferred to her attorney or Irma. Expenses to be paid include: Expenses related to release, transportation from Eloy, Arizona, lodging, food, local transportation, cell-phone, and other expenses Irma may incur as part of her reunification, including but not limited to costs of preparing for her court appearances (copies of documents, etc).
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Due to your incredibly generous donations, we are no longer taking donations for this family. But there are many other families in need - if you would like to donate (or encourage others to!) please direct funds to our other families in need, or our general fund. For those who wish to volunteer, please go to https://immigrantfamiliestogether.com/how-you-can-help. If you or someone you know needs our assistance, please go to https://immigrantfamiliestogether.com/ayudas
Thank you, again, for your generous donations and contributing to changing this family’s life.

With love and light,
Immigrants Families Together
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Dear Generous Donors,

We are happy to report that Irma has been reunited with her children.

Irma and her children are adjusting to a new home. We are dedicated to helping them rebuild their life and focus on the future. With the help of a volunteer advocate and a network of support, we have assisted Irma in finding long term housing, legal counsel, medical services, school enrollment for her children and transportation to all appointments. In addition to helping fulfill these basic needs, we hope to help the family thrive and the give Irma’s children a chance to just be kids again – they have passes to a nearby pool and we’re hoping to start them in soccer soon.

All of this is possible because of your generous support. Thank you so much.

With love and light,
Immigrant Families Together
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Dear Generous Donors,

We are so, so happy to tell you that Irma has been reunited with her family! You have played a crucial part in bringing them together, and we cannot thank you enough for your generosity and kindness. Thank you so much for being the good in the world that sometimes seems so very scarce.

With love and light,
Immigrant Families Together
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