In order to support and respond to the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, ICF is raising funds and awareness for two local organizations in our San Diego-Tijuana Border region: Casa Cornelia Immigration Law Center and the San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP). Casa Cornelia and the San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP) are actively supporting and protecting migrants and their families with pro-bono legal work and emergency resources in response to human rights violations.
Dozens of parents are being split from their children each day - the children labeled "unaccompanied minors" and sent to government custody or foster care, the parents labeled criminals and sent to jail. Between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, at least 2,700 children have been split from their parents. 1,995 of them were separated over the last six weeks of that window - April 18 to May 31 - indicating that at present, an average of 45 children are being taken from their parents each day.
ICF is launching a giving campaign in order to match up to $30,000 in grants recently awarded to these organizations by the Latina Giving Circle and a generous individual donor. Donations to the ICF Border Fund over the following weeks will go towards this goal and support Casa Cornelia and SDOP's efforts in the San Diego-Tijuana border region.
The project will provide quality pro bono legal services to children, women, and men struggling to be free from conflict, abuse, trafficking, persecution, and torture.