Immigrant Families Together General

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Raised by 2,768 people in 10 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.
We are NOT a 501(c)3 organization.

NONE of the IFT volunteers are paid.
ALL of your funds will go directly to rapid response needs.

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.

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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This Mother’s Day, families across the United States will gather to honor the mothers in their lives, whether biological, adoptive, or symbolic. For many of our families, this will be their first Mother’s Day together in safety, free from the violence and dangers they fled.

Since June 25th, 2018, Immigrant Families Together has not stopped working to make this possible. At first, we raised funds to bond out parents and reunite them with their children, supporting them long term as they navigate the asylum process which is confusing and time-consuming. Our all-volunteer membership drives our families to court dates, finds them groceries, helps with healthcare, and every other day-to-day need we previously took for granted.

The family separation policy may be officially ended, but families are still being separated, and the aftereffects of those initial separations are still being felt. Immigrant Families Together received the support of so many, including that of celebrities and anonymous donors. We have also been given a grant by Lumos Foundation, the charitable organization founded by JK Rowling. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard not only donated personally but have committed to diapering all of our families babies in addition to sending supplies to the Texas border.

With wider recognition, however, comes more requests for help. Families contact IFT frequently seeking reunification with their children who are in foster care in Cayuga. The Trump administration has been given six months to reunite children who were separated during its dastardly policy, and IFT estimates we will be called upon to take the lead on anywhere from 500-1,000 children with their guardians.

While we are committed to continuing our work, we need your help. We need your donations to keep doing this work. We need ongoing financial support in order to reunite children with their families. As we grow as an organization, we are able to help more families, but without your donations, none of that will be possible.

This Mother’s Day, please consider honoring the mothers and mother figures in your life by giving to Immigrant Families Together in their name. Together, we will reunite these families.
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A note from Julie about an upcoming fundraiser this Sunday-- Dining For Justice.-- and the upcoming 1 year anniversary of a sordid policy. If you CAN come to the fundraiser, we'd love to see you: it's the most delicious place to be. If you can't come, you can purchase a ticket and donate it to someone who can. Donations, as always, are so welcome. Reminder: We are not currently 501c3, so donations are not tax deductible.

Dear Friends-

This past Saturday, April 6, marked one year since former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. As you know, that policy resulted in the cruel, unnecessary separation of thousands of asylum-seeking parents from their children. Parents were put in ICE detention centers (make no mistake, these are for-profit prisons), while their children were, in most cases, sent to foster care agencies around the country, including right here in New York City.

To mark the one year "anniversary,", the Trump administration made a new announcement on Saturday: It says it could take up to TWO MORE YEARS to reunite children who remain separated from their parents as a result of the zero tolerance policy.

TWO MORE YEARS.

This is not acceptable.

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Since June 25, 2018, Immigrant Families Together has raised money and posted bond for more than 70 parents, grandparents, and older siblings who came across the border and have been separated from children as a result of both zero tolerance and immigration detention generally. We have provided ongoing support to many of these families, ensuring that they have legal counsel, medical, mental health, and dental care, housing, food, clothing, transportation, and access to social and emotional support.

Our model works.

Just last month, the sixth mother for whom we posted bond became the first of the 70+ adults we've bonded out to be granted asylum. She is now free to build a new life in the United States with her two children.

We know that not every parent will be granted asylum, but IFT's end goal is this: to make sure that all families we are supporting have the opportunity and the resources to live the healthiest, safest, most stable lives possible while they are proceeding through the immigration court system.

YOU CAN HELP.

This Sunday, April 14, from 5-8 PM, Chef Jonathan Forgash will be hosting the second iteration of Dining for Justice, a food hall fundraiser featuring 25 chef, beer, and wine tasting stations, as well as live music from Seth Goldberg and MG4. Your ticket also gives you access to an online auction filled with restaurant gift certificates and other goodies. Proceeds from the event go directly to support the families who are in IFT's care.

Learn more on the Dining for Justice website and purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dining-for-justice-food-hall-tickets-57288871557

https://www.diningforjustice.com/https://www.diningforjustice.com/

Even if you can't attend, you can purchase a ticket and gift it to someone who can! Please feel free to forward this email to friends who might be interested in attending.

Wondering exactly what we have in store? Check out this video from our first Dining for Justice event! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhJuL-t4GVM
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Hi Beloved Supporters--
Here is one recent update on our work stocking food for our families:
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I spent the entire day shopping on Instacart for 5 orders for 190 different items totaling nearly $850. I shopped multiple stores for the best values and prices like I always do and I ask the shoppers to please help us if they notice a less expensive item or better value because we are feeding a family in need.

One of the shoppers, I’ll call J, called me to ask who we are and exactly what do we do. J said she noticed EVERYTHING we ordered was the best value and least expensive item available and the order was LARGE - as in over 75 different items, all GOOD food, no junk.

J said when she delivered it, our mom stood on the porch and WEPT uncontrollably. She didn’t know what to do so ❤️she❤️hugged❤️our mom❤️

Then the mom called Francisco to tell him she is asking for all of ❤️God’s blessings❤️ for ALL of us❤️

AND ...that she had NEVER had this much food in ALL HER LIFE.

YOU made this happen. ❤️Thank YOU❤️

This is one of the many things we do with YOUR donations.
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Were you wondering, but hey, where are the links to all that great journalism, and to IFT's events page? Right here! Please share these as widely as you wish, as they inspire giving and awareness.

Amy Vine
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/southwest-key-separated-migrant-families-copacabana-reunite/

Gwn Moran
https://www.fastcompany.com/90290551/how-these-parents-raised-millions-to-fight-trumps-immigration-policies?fbclid=IwAR1E7jRCS-QGkiUCoZA-25UoBUMlZxvWGlhYFDWqNXI_f82ZpwhFK8-oapg

Nick Kristof
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/09/opinion/sunday/family-separation-border.html

Events
https://immigrantfamiliestogether.com/events

With heart and respect,
Immigrant Families Together Team
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