Juana Support Team - MOM #4

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SUPPORT FOR JUANA- - MOM #4

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. 

Juana is the 4th mother we are helping, and is currently detained at an ICE facility in Arizona. Her child has been transferred to another state. Juana 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 Juana’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 Juana 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 Juana 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 Juana. Expenses to be paid include: Expenses related to release, transportation from Eloy, Arizona, lodging, food, local transportation, cell-phone, and other expenses Juana 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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Dear Generous Donors —
Due to all your donations and the tireless work of many volunteers and public officials, Juana was reunited with her family Monday night. Her daughter had already been released to a family member, so their permanent reunification was immediate. We are currently working to keep her hooked in with medical, legal, and other support services.
Apologies for not updating on her journey until now - Juana has been very wary of others’ outside her drivers and the immediate team knowing the details of her journey while en route, which is perfectly understandable given the trauma she has just endured. But know that you have changed the course of this family’s life in a way that none of them thought was possible a week and a half ago. Thank you so, so much for your contribution in reuniting this beautiful family. You can read more about the details of her journey here:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/eight-drivers-five-days-a-migrants-emotional-journey-to-find-her-daughter/2018/07/11/f0b43fc8-8506-11e8-8f6c-46cb43e3f306_story.html

www.immigrantfamiliestogether.com
With heart & gratitude, Team Juana — & Immigrant Families Together
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