Norma Support Team - MOM #13

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Raised by 346 people in 11 months
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Created July 19, 2018

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 found at ImmigrantFamiliesTogether.com  Thank you, again, for your generous donations and contributing to changing this family’s life.

With love and light, Immigrants Families Together


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). We have been able to do the same for several other families - you can read more about us and our success stories here: https://immigrantfamiliestogether.com/press. However, there  is unfortunately a long line of families waiting desperately to be together again. 

Norma is the 13th mother we are helping, and is currently detained at an ICE facility in Arizona. She is separated from her 3 children (ages 4, 8, and 10.) Thankfully, the children are with a family member, but are still in another state, and the separation is still very difficult for all of them. Norma CAN be reunited with her children and we're determined to help her, working in conjunction with her attorney, to reunite them.

Any funds raised beyond the goal will be used to reunite other families.


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.

8. Providing sustaining funds for the family while they await their trial and the completion of the process, in accordance with federal poverty guidelines, as these women can’t legally pursue work for at least 5 months.


Across the United States


We will be paying Norma’s expenses related to her release, transport from Arizona to the state where her children are, 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. 


We are not related to Norma 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 Norma with her children.


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 Norma. Expenses to be paid include: Expenses related to release, transportation from Eloy, Arizona, lodging, food, local transportation, cell-phone, and other expenses Norma may incur as part of her reunification, including but not limited to costs of preparing for her court appearances (copies of documents, etc).

Immigrant Families Together (Familias de Inmigrantes Unidas) es un movimiento para ayudar a reunir a los padres que han sido detenidos con sus respectivos hijos. Con el esfuerzo como base y las donaciones de la comunidad, logramos reunir exitosamente a Yeni González y ella ha vuelto a estar nuevamente con sus hijos ( https://nyti.ms/2lRD7jy). Hemos podido hacer lo mismo con muchas otras familias. Puede leer más sobre nosotros y nuestras historias de éxito aquí: https://immigrantfamiliestogether.com/press. Sin embargo, y desafortunadamente, hay una larga lista de familias que esperan desesperadamente estar nuevamente juntas.

Norma es la decimotercera madre a la que ayudamos, y actualmente se encuentra detenida en las instalaciones de la ICE en Arizona. Ella está separada de sus 3 hijos (de 4, 8 y 10 años). Afortunadamente, los niños están con un familiar, pero aún están en otro estado, y la separación sigue siendo muy difícil para todos ellos. Estamos seguros que Norma PUEDE reunirse con sus hijos y por ello estamos decididos a ayudarla, trabajando en conjunto con su abogado, para que puedan volver a estar juntos.


El grupo de Familias Inmigrantes Unidas es un grupo de ciudadanos determinados a reunir en una manera rápida a aquellas familias que fueron separadas por la política de cero tolerancia.  Nos hemos movilizado para ayudar a los padres de las siguientes maneras:

1. Reunimos fondos con donaciones para pagar sus fianzas.

2. Pagamos fianza, y proveemos asesoría legal para cumplir con todos los requisitos legales necesarios mientras esperan ser reunidos con su hijos.

3. Organizamos el transporte desde el centro de detención al estado donde se encuentran sus hijos.

4. Cuando es necesario, buscamos alojamiento para los padres mientras esperan su juicio legal.

5. Conectamos a los padres con recursos locales que puedan ayudar a sustentarlos mientras esperan ser reunidos con sus hijos.

6. Trabajamos con organizaciones locales y gubernamentales que puedan ayudar a expeditar el proceso de custodia mientras esperan su juicio.

7. En este momento estamos realizando un modelo de trabajo para que otros ciudadanos puedan replicarlo y ayudar a otros padres ser reunidos con sus hijos. 
8. Proporcionar fondos de sostén para la familia mientras se aborda su caso de inmigración, de acuerdo con las pautas federales de pobreza, ya que estas mujeres no pueden buscar trabajo legalmente durante al menos 5 meses.



Nos encontramos en varios estados de los Estados Unidos.


Se utilizarán para pagar todos los gastos necesarios tales como la fianza, el transporte, alojamiento, comida, teléfono celular y otros gastos básicos.  Además de ayudar económicamentecuando sea reunida con sus hijos.


No tenemos relación de sangre con Norma o con su abogado.  Somos una comunidad de padres preocupados que no apoyamos la póliza de separar familias al cruzar la frontera.


Los fondos serán retirados por la fundadora de Familias Inmigrantes Reunidas Julie Schwietert Collazo.  Los fondos serán transferidos al abogado de Norma. Los gastos por pagar incluyen: gastos relacionados a su liberación, transporte de Eloy Arizona, alojamiento, alimento, transporte local, celular y otros gastos necesarios para la reunión de Norma con sus hijos.  Además de pagar gastos legales para la preparación de su caso ante el juez.
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Dear Generous Donors,

Due to your kindness and generosity, Norma has been released from detention and reunited with her children. She is so grateful for all you have done for her. Like many of us, she is now turning her attention to getting her children enrolled in school and prepared for the upcoming school year (like many of us!). She is also focusing on getting them medical care, and working with her lawyer to stay on top of her court dates and legal case - she is determined to see out this legal process. You have made all this possible, and you have no idea what that has meant to this family.

With love and light,
Immigrant Families Together
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