Immigrant Families Together General

$221,601 of $300,000 goal

Raised by 1,907 people in 5 months
Created July 21, 2018
Immigrant Families Together was founded in June 2018 in response to the inhumane immigration policy separating families at the U.S./Mexico border. We pay bonds for parents in detention and work to reunite them with their children. Additionally, we support over 100 reunited families as they recover from their detention trauma and adjust to life in the U.S. while their asylum cases are adjudicated.

HOW WE USE DONATIONS:                         
- Pay bonds to release detained immigrants.
- Legal and relocation costs for related detained immigrants.
- Acute needs such as medical, food and transportation costs, clothing, blankets, car seats and diapers for families who have been released, and temporary housing stipends for refugees who have just been released from detention and have no family in the U.S.
- Operating costs to cover emerging needs and infrastructure.

NONE of the IFT volunteers are paid. We are NOT a 501(c)3 organization. ALL of your funds will go directly to rapid response needs.

We will withdraw all donated funds to Julie, the leader/organizer/founder of Immigrant Families Together.

Thank you for your generosity and support.
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The trauma of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance, family separation policy hasn’t abated, even if it has faded from the headlines. In fact, the trauma and the significant challenges of establishing a life in the United States while proceeding through the immigration court system are only just beginning to be felt by the dozens of families who have been — and continue to be — supported by Immigrant Families Together.

This is why continued fundraising and ongoing support of IFT, its work, and the families it is helping remain so crucial. Not a single member of the IFT team draws a salary or honorarium, and we spend thousands of dollars each week on legal, medical, housing, and other essential expenses for families who literally have nothing.

For this reason, we are profoundly grateful to an anonymous donor family who has offered IFT $100,000 as part of a matching donations campaign, which starts today. The donors are a young couple who have a son, and who feel deeply that they have an obligation to share their wealth and resources with the families affected by the zero tolerance policy.

To that end, we invite donors to contribute whatever they are able to give to our general fund, as we strive to meet the $100,000 goal. A total of $200,000 would allow us to help many families with their short- and long-term needs. And donors can be assured that every single cent goes directly to the families.

During this matching campaign, anyone who signs up for IFT’s blog will be entered to win a vacation courtesy of Dreams Riviera Cancún Resort (no donation necessary to enter).

NOTE: The general fund had $92,480 in it BEFORE the launch of the $100,000 matching campaign, so the donations that count toward the match are IN ADDITION TO, not including, that amount (so, starting at $92,481.)
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Dear Generous Donors,

The July 26 reunification deadline imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw came and went. Hundreds of children remain separated from their parents. And while we rejoice for those who have been released and reunited, they still face immense challenges and have profound needs, none of which are being addressed by the government. That’s where your donations come in.

On Friday, we learned of a woman traveling across the country by bus with her 1-year-old and nothing more than a burner phone and a single sandwich. The baby didn’t even have a change of diapers. Using your donations, our tireless volunteers purchased diapers and other basic supplies, and met her at a stop along the way to give them to her. And last night, thanks to your donations, the baby slept in a crib.

Over the weekend, your donations paid the doctor’s fee and prescriptions for a 9-year-old boy who came out of ICE care with strep throat. We have seen and heard of a number of children who have come out of ICE-related facilities with serious illnesses — and parents who have no funds to seek medical intervention.

Your donations provided housing and advocacy services to a family whose child came across the border unaccompanied during the zero-tolerance policy, and is still in a facility.

Your donations are helping 3-year-old Sofi reunite with her mother and grandmother. Because Sofi was originally separated from her grandmother (who is her legal guardian), the government says the court order does not apply to her. Her mother and grandmother have both been released, yet the government continues to drag its feet with regard to releasing Sofi back to them. Your donations have helped the family pay for some of the costs associated with this process.

It’s so easy to feel helpless in these times, and that anything we do is just a drop in the bucket. But our collective efforts can make an ocean. And your collective efforts are making a huge difference for these families. We could not be more grateful.

With love and light,
Immigrant Families Together
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