Apathy is what allows atrocities to happen.
I honestly don’t know how else to start this blog post, but as more reports came out over the past several days about the detention centers and the conditions innocent children are living in, I have been at a loss for words. I have felt completely helpless. Yes, I can tweet 24 hours straight, but what could I actually do to help these children right now? Detention centers turned away donations and children have been moved (to, as far as I know, unknown locations). I don’t have all the answers, but I can use my voice and my dollars to do something.
This isn’t about a political position. Right now I honestly don’t care where you stand on immigration. I would hope that no matter your feelings on immigration and asylum seekers, that you would be horrified by how these innocent children have been treated. Children have died. At the hands of our government. Nothing is worth that cost.
And when people have tried to legally seek asylum, they have been turned away. This happened to Oscar Alberto Martinez and his daughter Angie Valeria Martinez only a few days ago. Because they were turned away, they then had to cross the Rio Grande, only to be swept away. The photo of their bodies crushes you. My prayer is that anyone who sees this photo will be moved to action.
So here’s a list of places to donate and ways you can help. Also, if you aren’t familiar with what’s going on, please take some time to read up and educate yourself. Some links are below.
How to Help: Organizations to Donate To
World Relief: Our expertise gained in aid and development work gives us the ability to not only meet the immediate needs of the vulnerable, but implement programs that lead to sustainable growth and development—transforming once vulnerable regions into thriving communities.
Preemptive Love: Help Asylum Seekers at the Border. They fled some of the world’s worst violence. Their future is uncertain. Stand in the gap.
RAICES: Your support helps us continue our mission to help separated families, detained families, unaccompanied minors, and others who are seeking asylum in the United States.
Also, contact your Representatives and Senators. While we all try to figure out policy, we can do things now to provide support and relief.
There are several other lists out there and wanted to include those as well:
- 5 powerful ways we can help detained immigrant children today
- Ways to Support Ministry to Migrants Along the U.S. – Mexico Border
Resources to Learn More
- The Immigration Facts: The Face of Asylum at the Southern Border
- The U.S. Migrant Detention Centers Explained
- The Global Refugee Crisis Hit a Record High. The US Welcome for the Persecuted Is at a Record Low.
- Asylum Seekers Are Dying On Our Shores. We Cannot Look Away.