U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis What's Happening and How to Help
Horrific gang violence and human rights abuses have forced thousands of families, individuals, and unaccompanied minors to flee their home countries and seek refuge in the U.S. These asylum seekers face arduous challenges along their journey to the U.S. border, and once reaching the U.S. they are susceptible to an immigrant-processing system severely lacking in infrastructure.
Our vetted nonprofit partners have been responding to the crisis on the border. You can support our partners’ efforts in protecting the human dignity of migrants - from projects in Tijuana ensuring migrant youth do not fall behind in their education, to organizations providing trauma healing to recently-detained children along the border.
This list of responding organizations and their projects will continue to grow as our partners in the affected areas have the capacity to post projects and updates.
Donations to the following projects have the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity so that our nonprofit partners in the affected areas are better equipped to face future disasters. Read more about our approach to disaster relief here.
Projects responding to the U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis
President Trump has signed an executive order that jeopardizes the protection and services historically afforded to refugees in the United States. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has launched an emergency appeal to aid families in the U.S. who have fled war or persecution-mostly women and children. Help the IRC deliver critical assistance, including: education, livelihoods training, youth programs, and citizenship assistance to refugees and other vulnerable immigrant populations.
Every child, regardless of their borders, needs to be safe and protected. UNICEF has highlighted and advocated tirelessly for children's rights around the globe for more than 70 years and knows that children need to be seen as children, first and foremost. From South Sudan, to Syria, El Salvador and more, children who undertake treacherous journeys need to be protected and supported at every step along the way - in their home countries, in transit and across borders.
Every year, thousands of girls migrate from Central America fleeing violence and poverty. Fondo Semillas is a Mexican feminist fund that mobilizes resources to support, strengthen and connect women's organizations and grassroots groups. We currently support 13 organizations who work with migrant girls, but with ever-increasing numbers of people fleeing, the needs continue to grow. With your support we can continue to fund more groups carrying out vital work across the country.
Crossing Mexico, migrants from Central America encounter one of the world's most dangerous migrant routes. Facing all kinds of violence, including torture and illegal detentions. Increased security and militarization augmented the danger. The Mexico's Southern Border Plan resulted in increased deportations, sending people back to the violence in their countries. We pressure the Mexican government to stop human rights violations of the migrants and guarantee their safety.
We have met too many migrant families stuck in Mexico who are in need of urgent medical attention but do not have the means of accessing it. As COHI does not currently have medical volunteers based in Matamoros, we have decided to start a Medical Care Fund that works to cover the healthcare costs of those in urgent need. We firmly believe that healthcare is a human right, no matter the context.
Children's rights continue to be violated at the border. Vulnerable and terrified, young boys and girls are being held in custody longer than the legal limit, being separated from their families, and more. Save the Children is on the ground at the U.S.-Mexico Border, assisting families who have been released from U.S. detention facilities. A donation to our U.S. Border Crisis Children's Relief Fund will support our programmatic and advocacy work at the border.