Help Migrant Famililes

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Raised by 1,924 people in 7 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 to late December, the SDRRN has sheltered more than 3,200 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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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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Thank you again for continuing to share our campaign and supporting our work. We couldn’t do it without you.

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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This weekend, our new shelter for migrant families was featured on Anderson Cooper 360. California Governor Gavin Newsom toured the location to see first-hand the critical humanitarian aid we provide. Over the past several months, we've served nearly 9,000 people--almost all women and children. Thank you to all of the partners in the San Diego Rapid Response Network and the hundreds of volunteers for making it possible!

The entire segment is in the new shelter --just open this week and our home through December 2019. Watch it here:

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Another exciting time for the shelter! Governor Gavin Newsom visited San Diego to underscore his support for emergency and long-term funding for SDRRN’s migrant shelter and services. Then , San Diego’s Assembly delegation delivered! The California Assembly voted unanimously to support, serve, help and protect asylum-seeking families in our region throughout 2019.

We are deeply grateful for this show of bipartisan, statewide solidarity for our border region and its unique responsibilities. We look forward to San Diego’s own Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins speeding approval of the funding through the Senate and sending it to the Governor’s desk for signature.

In the meantime, plans are underway to convert an old family courthouse downtown to a suitable family shelter. To keep asylum-seeking families from becoming homeless, we give them a safe place to stay for a night or two while arrangements are made for travel to their sponsors’ homes across the nation. Much work needs to be done to convert the courthouse building into secure sleeping quarters. We also need a licensed kitchen and cafeteria, hygiene stations, a medical office, a play area for child care and storage space for donated clothing, diapers and toiletries.

SDRRN still needs ongoing donations to meet the needs of our guests, keep the shelter running, and prepare for future shelter operations.

By the Numbers:
Last week, SDRRN received 376 asylum seekers at our shelter and assisted them with travel to their final destinations. That brings our total number of asylum seekers served to 5,900. The SDRRN Hotline received 46 calls.

Never underestimate the importance of this work. One volunteer recently rushed a two-month-old migrant infant and her parents to the emergency room of a local hospital. The baby girl was suffering from the respiratory illness RSV and bronchiolitis, a lung virus. She was admitted to the pediatric ICU, where she was treated for three days. Upon her release back to the shelter, her family was able to continue on their journey.

This is life-saving, as well as life-changing, work.

Great article to share - KPBS recently visited our shelter and met a family who was dropped off in San Diego and eventually made their way to the shelter.
She said, "I have help (now). It's a blessing of God."
Read the article here;

Thank you again for continuing to share our campaign and supporting our work. We couldn’t do it without you.
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Raised by 1,924 people in 7 months
Created November 15, 2018
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Jewish Family Service of San diego
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