Help Migrant Famililes

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Raised by 2,055 people in 9 months
Created November 15, 2018
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 Project

As 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.


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Jewish Family Service of San Diego who operates the Migrant Family Shelter in Downtown San Diego and is a core partner in the San Diego Rapid Response Network, was just featured in a front-page article by noted reporter Kate Morrissey in the San Diego Union Tribune about the challenges in representing asylum seekers who have been placed in Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), known more widely as Remain in Mexico. In the article, you will see how MPP is creating heartbreaking family separations and impossible odds for these families to even make it to court or communicate their cases. An attorney by their side greatly increases their ability to understand what is happening to them and how to present their reasons for claiming asylum. I encourage you to read this article.

Your support of this GoFundMe will support Jewish Family Service's Legal Efforts. You can also show your support directly at the Jewish Family Service website - and on this donation form, please allocate MPP Attorney.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Since Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) began in January, at least 9,854 people — including the man and woman — have been sent back across the California border, according to the Mexican government.

A handful of free or low cost legal service providers are taking on cases of families in the “Remain in Mexico” program, including the legal team at Jewish Family Service, a nonprofit that has worked extensively in refugee resettlement in San Diego County and more recently as part of a team of organizations running a migrant shelter in the area.

There are indications that more and more families are being funneled into the MPP program. There are a decreasing number of families, particularly from Central America, who have arrived at the downtown San Diego migrant shelter, run by by the San Diegoe Rapid Response Network that includes Jewish Family service.

As Clark put it, the legal help that pro bono attorneys like those at her organization are able to provide is a “drop in the bucket” of what is needed.

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And now the News:
Today, our shelter was on the front page of the New York Times: A Dramatic Drop in Migrant Arrivals on the Border: What’s Happening?

Our Statement About Current Client Numbers:
Since November 2018, the San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) has operated a temporary emergency shelter for asylum-seeking families who have been initially processed and released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody.
SDRRN has assisted more than 17,000 individuals to date.

The number of individuals arriving at the shelter varies every day and depends on a number of factors, including current immigration policies and practices.
Recently, the shelter has received a lower number of families, in large part due to increased enrollment of families into the federal government’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP, commonly referred to as “Return to Mexico”). This policy requires many asylum seekers to return to Mexico to await their U.S. court dates, instead of allowing them to wait in the U.S. where organizations such as the Jewish Family Service Migrant Family Shelter in San Diego County can provide them with shelter, food, clothing, health services, legal aid and assistance making travel arrangements to connect with their loved ones or sponsors across the country as they wait to continue their legal process to gain asylum.

In the past seven days (July 3-10), the shelter has received 141 new clients. The San Diego Rapid Response Network migrant shelter stands at the ready to assist any future families and individuals as they cross the border to seek asylum.

In addition to shelter, the San Diego Rapid Response Network provides legal services to individuals and families, including those impacted by MPP.
Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS), which leads the legal services for SDRRN, has conducted more than 111 consultations for MPP-impacted individuals and families in Tijuana, and represented 15 cases. JFS has assisted 54 individuals (all families) enrolled into MPP to complete pro se change of venue motions to the San Diego Immigration Court after their release the United States. All 54 individuals released into the United States were housed at our migrant shelter.

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Did you know that the same San Diego Rapid Response Network that runs the migrant shelter also has operated a 24/7 hotline for immigration-related emergencies since 2017? And that SDRRN helps coordinate legal aid for individuals caught in the maze of U.S. immigration laws, regulations and practices?

In fact, in the past two weeks, the SDRRN Hotline fielded 169 calls, for a total of 2,809 since its launch in late 2017.

Some callers request SDRRN volunteers pick up a stranded migrant family. Others report checkpoints. In the past, many more have reported an immigrant in immediate peril, such as harassment, an ICE arrest or a workplace raid. The hotline dispatcher can deploy a trained volunteer to “rapidly respond” to the scene of an emergency to observe and document the situation, as a witness with records could aid legal action later. More than 150 community volunteers have been trained to provide this vital service.

What else does SDRRN do to support our valued immigrant communities?

• SDRRN can mobilize and coordinate pro-bono legal support for immigrants and refugees in crisis. When seized by CBP or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an immigrant may only have hours before facing deportation. Experience shows that immigrants who challenge their deportation with legal representation are five times more likely to win their cases. Read that again. Immigrants with legal representation, which is not a right, are five times more likely to win their cases.

• We also legally assist immigrants who have been victimized by the cruel family separation policy and work to reunite children who have been cruelly torn from their parents. We supported one detained mother, for example, who became suicidal after her 10-year-old son was taken from her at the Port-of-Entry.

• When a parent or other breadwinner has been detained, SDRRN may coordinate social services and offer safety planning for families. In one instance, we aided a 12-year-old girl whose brother, her only guardian, was detained by ICE.

• SDRRN offers free information sessions to vulnerable individuals and communities to better understand their rights and what best practices to deploy when targeted by immigration enforcement.

• SDRRN is also a reliable source to dispel harmful rumors that can flourish when traumatized communities live in fear and uncertainty.

All this is possible because the Rapid Response Network united more than 40 regional organizations in a common purpose. Participants include human rights organizations, service groups, attorneys and community leaders. Core partners include the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, SEIU Local 221, and San Diego Organizing Project. Legal partners include Immigration Justice Project, Casa Cornelia Law Center, Catholic Charities of San Diego and Legal Aid Society of San Diego.

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Here is a very compelling insight into the work of the San Diego Rapid Response Network and the shelter:

And here are some photos at the new shelter.
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Raised by 2,055 people in 9 months
Created November 15, 2018
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Jewish Family Service of San diego
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