Family Reunification

Every Penny Together Rising received from this campaign was distributed: $4,236,367.69

Estimated Number of People Who Contributed: 76,168

Date of Love Flash Mob: 5/29/2018 – $1 Million raised in 9 hours. $1.5 Million raised in first wave (6 days). $3 Million raised by 6/20/2018. $3.7 Million raised by 6/27/2018.


Distributions:

Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, $487,000.00 on 5/31/18

To fund the work of a team of four lawyers and three legal assistants, responsible for representing every child in the Arizona detainment center and every one of their parents, to establish and maintain contact between child and parent, reunification of families, and safety and rehabilitation of each child.


Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, $315,000.00 on 5/31/18

To cover the costs of a lawyer and social worker who will be operating around the country and on the border to provide advocacy and healing to unaccompanied, detained children.


Safe Passage, $125,000.00 on 6/18/18

To provide a lawyer and part time paralegal for a legal advocacy organization for unrepresented children facing deportation. As children form lines in front of the courthouse, stepping in to face deportation hearings alone, these advocates step in to ensure that they are represented.


Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), $200,000.00 on 6/18/18

To fund a new staff lawyer expert in child protection law to support the pro bono lawyers, a new social services coordinator and 33 pro bono training presentations to train more volunteer attorneys to represent children and reunify them with their families.


Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), $344,787.69 on 6/22/18

To provide family reunification for 2,000 families by funding a new Family Reunification Supervising Attorney, Family Reunification Staff Attorney, and Family Reunification Legal Assistant.

To pay for two children’s staff attorneys who will provide full legal representation for 100 unaccompanied children who have been released from detention, along with other associated costs.


Safe Passage, $125,000.00 on 7/2/18

Provide representation to fifty unaccompanied immigrant children who have been relocated to New York from the border, and are not with their parents. 


Al Otro Lado, $500,000.00 on 7/2/18

To develop a screening and referral system throughout Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to identify parents who have been deported without their children and to refer them to attorneys to work on reunification and representation of the child in the U.S.

To hire two attorneys and two paralegals to help with reunification and to represent families who have been separated.

To hire a staff member to work with separated families in Los Angeles to coordinate mental health, medical, and other social services required by parents and children as a result of the trauma of separation.


Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, $309,000.00 7/2/18

To provide bond funds for all immigrant parents and guardians in detention in Washington State whose children were taken from them at the border. The bond funds will allow the detained parents to be removed from detention pending the completion of their asylum claims and immigration proceedings.


Immigrant Defenders Law Center, $500,000.00 on 7/5/18

To represent all separated parents from Southern California local detention facilities and facilitate reunification with their children.

To locate and provide representation to the parents of the nearly 70 separated children who are already their clients.

To provide social services and resources to reunited families required as a result of the trauma of separation. 


Texas Civil Rights Project, $270,00.00 on 7/9/18

To hire a six-month visiting attorney and a new mid-level attorney, as well as fund a program director and paralegal position to advocate and reunify separated families.

To fund the costs of bilingual private investigators, translators, and travel required in connection with the advocacy and reunification efforts.


KIND, $133,600.00 on 8/20/18

To hire a full-time attorney, a case management professional, and a social worker to help reunited families connect with mental health, medical, housing and other resources — as well as vital trauma recovery services.


Al Otro Lado, $285,000.00 on 8/22/18

To hire a full-time Director of Family Reunification and a paralegal.

For travel expenses for parents who need to travel back to the US to pick up a detained child.

For mental health costs and reintegration services for reunified families.

For Indigenous language interpreters to communicate with deported parents and detained children and to speed up reunification with their children.


Immigrant Defenders Law Center, $336,980.00 on 8/28/18

For the Family Unity Project to hire an additional full-time staff attorney for two years to maximize attorney time focused on detained parents who unknowingly signed away their rights to be reunified with their children and a full-time Program Associate to assist with Community Defense efforts.


Justice in Motion, $250,000 on 10/12/18

To locate parents deported without their children, advocates for their reunification wishes, and handles the legalities & logistics of bringing families back together, doubling the Defender Network — a group of 40 organizations and law firms across Central America who:

Travel throughout Central America to locate and make initial contact with the deported parents deemed by the administration “ineligible” for reunification with their children.

Obtain signatures, documents, and coordinate travel and other activities to reunite them their children; and connect parents to U.S. lawyers to facilitate reunification.


Justice in Motion, $55,000 on 11/30/18

To continue work detailed above.

Blog Posts:

5/29/2018Emergency Love Flash Mob for the Children

5/30/2018Yesterday We Gave Our Babies Love. Today We Give Our Lawmakers Hell

6/16/2018Here’s How You Are Serving the Separated Border Families Today – Update #2

6/27/2018Ways You Can Help Separated Families Beyond Giving

Social Media Posts:

5/29/2018 – Love Flash Mob

EMERGENCY LOVE FLASH MOB FOR THE CHILDREN!!! https://togetherrising.org/give/“We met a terrified six-year-old blind…

Posted by Together Rising on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

5/29/2018

IT’S A LONG GAME – BUT LOVE WILL WIN. We are simply overwhelmed with gratitude to you and with hope for the…

Posted by Together Rising on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

6/4/2018 – Upworthy article

https://www.upworthy.com/this-group-raised-1-million-in-just-9-hours-to-help-kids-at-the-border-here-s-how

6/4/2018

On Tuesday, we came together in a Love Flash Mob to help get babies back into their parents’ arms. In 9 hours, you…

Posted by Together Rising on Monday, June 4, 2018

6/15/2018

HERE'S HOW YOU ARE SERVING THE SEPARATED BORDER FAMILIES TODAY — UPDATE #2!Two weeks ago, we came together in a…

Posted by Together Rising on Friday, June 15, 2018

6/18/2018

At Glennon's town hall meeting in Falls Church, VA this past week, a mother stood and said: "How do we talk to our…

Posted by Together Rising on Monday, June 18, 2018

6/20/2018

Here’s what the executive order does and doesn’t do: The executive order stops the new bleeding. But it does not address…

Posted by Together Rising on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

6/27/2018

Friends, You have raised $3,700,000 to advocate for and reunify the families torn apart at the Border.In the next few…

Posted by Together Rising on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

6/29/2018

KIDS HELPING KIDS!We've heard from dozens of kids who — to help kids who have been taken from their parents — are…

Posted by Together Rising on Friday, June 29, 2018

6/30/2018

We are reporting to you today on Together Rising’s Round 3 giving. This is how you, through your devoted giving to…

Posted by Together Rising on Saturday, June 30, 2018

7/15/2018

YOUR LOVE IS WORKING. YOU DID THIS.

This Sunday, please take a moment to watch what you have done. It’s working. Our families are being reunited. YOU DID THIS.This morning at 5:00 AM, in some hotel in the middle of Boston for soccer camp, I couldn’t sleep so I rolled over Abby and grabbed my phone from the night stand. I opened my email and found an update from one of our partners, Jorge Baron from Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.I expected the email to be full of the usual: More obstacles for our separated families, more trauma, more pain. It wasn’t any of that. It was hope.It was Jorge, writing in the middle of the night to tell us that OUR LOVE IS FINALLY WORKING. THAT THE TIDE IS TURNING. Specifically, he was writing to tell us that our funds have secured the release of ten parents as of yesterday.Yolany Padilla – who fled violence in Honduras to seek legal asylum in the U.S. — is one of them. Her six-year-old son, Jelsin, was taken from her by ICE two months ago. YESTERDAY, YOUR FUNDS SECURED JELSIN’S RETURN TO YOLANY’S ARMS.Yolany said, “It’s difficult to explain how I feel because this moment is so big. It’s been so long since I’ve seen him, just imagine how I feel….It was like my heart was going to leap out of my body.”I love that Yolany used her statement to ask America to be brave and compassionate enough to imagine. To imagine how it feels to be her. How it feels to be her son.You did that. You dared to do what many refuse to do. You are people who dared to imagine how it would feel to have your baby taken from your arms. To not know where he is or if you’ll ever see him again. You dared to imagine and that imagining broke your heart.And then: You USED that heartbreak. You didn’t waste it. You used your heartbreak as fuel and you gave. When you gave to Together Rising, you transformed heartbreak into action. YOUR HEARTBREAK REUNITED YOLANY AND JELSIN.This is how it’s done. Imagining. Letting your heartbreak. Allowing your heartbreak, your anger, you hope to transform into action. This is how it’s done. This is how Love Wins.YOU PROVIDED BAIL BOND FUNDS FOR EVERY SINGLE IMMIGRANT PARENT IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON WHOSE CHILDREN WERE TAKEN AT THE BORDER. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Your funds allow the detained parents to be removed from detention pending the completion of their asylum claims and immigration proceedings, which gives the parents a much better opportunity to reunify with the children — and have children removed from detention — while their cases are pending, which can take up to one year.We told you we won’t quit until every mother and father has their child back. We’re getting closer. 100% of what we receive from your tax-deductible donations goes to advocacy and reunification of the separated families: www.togetherrising.org/giveThank you, thank you, for being on Team Love. We will win.Love, Fury and Relentless Hope,G, Sister, Liz, Allison and the rest of the Together Rising Team

Posted by Together Rising on Sunday, July 15, 2018

7/27/2018

Yesterday was the Administration’s court-ordered deadline to reunify the families it forcibly separated at the…

Posted by Together Rising on Friday, July 27, 2018

8/2/2018

Your Dollars on the Ground Reuniting Families

You – through Together Rising – have now established the FAMILY UNITY PROJECT at IMMDEF to prevent the deportation of parents without their children and to reunite separated families.You reunited Hermelindo with his son.Hermelindo was set to be deported in 3 days without his 6-year-old son. But then you stepped in. You stopped his deportation. You reunited this family. You are funding full advocacy for them through the conclusion of their asylum cases.Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Posted by Together Rising on Thursday, August 2, 2018

8/29/2018

What You are Doing to Reunite Families

There is no such thing as other people's children. With you — because of you — we will not rest.Because of your radical love, to date Together Rising has deployed $3,931,367.69 for advocacy and reunification of families separated at the border. We are writing with an update on your work, including your most recent giving for separated families – which has been focused on parents deported without their children the administration took from them. HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW:• More than 400 parents were deported from the US – but the Administration is still holding their children in ORR custody. • Additional parents have been deported, and their children have been released from ORR custody to other people. • Many parents unknowingly signed away their rights to seek asylum without understanding that they would be deported without their children. • Many parents were told that self-deporting was the only way they would ever see their children again – only to find their children are still being held in the U.S. HERE’S WHAT YOU ARE DOING ABOUT IT:DOUBLING THE DEFENDER NETWORK – currently, a group of 40 organizations and law firms across Central America who:• Travel throughout Central America to locate and make initial contact with the deported parents deemed by the administration “ineligible” for reunification with their children. • Obtain signatures, documents, and coordinate travel and other activities to reunite them their children; and connect parents to U.S. lawyers to facilitate reunification. BUILDING OUT THE FAMILY UNITY PROJECT WE ESTABLISHED AT IMMDEF: • Hiring an additional Full-Time Staff Attorney for 2-years to maximize attorney time focused on detained parents who unknowingly signed away their rights to be reunified with their children. • Hiring a full-time Program Associate to assist with Community Defense efforts. (An example of Community Defense: When the Administration threatened to deport Hermelindo without his 6-year old son (whom the administration had separated from him 2 months prior), the Family Unity Project organized more than 40 community members and media to accompany Hermelindo and his lawyer to his ICE check-in. This Community Defense effort prevented Hermelindo from being detained and permanently separated from his son. They reunited the family just days later. ) EMERGENCY SUPPORT FOR DEPORTED ASYLUM SEEKERS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER:• A number of parents self-deported without having an opportunity to present their asylum cases — because they thought that was the only way to see their children again – and now are in immediate danger of death (and still separated from their children)• One father, since being deported back to his home country, is being actively stalked by the people who intend to harm him. Your funds are moving him to a neighboring country for safety while attorneys work on his asylum claims• A mother is hiding from immediate danger in El Salvador, and you are funding her travel to a safer location. HIRING PROFESSIONALS TO SERVE SEPARATED FAMILIES, INCLUDING:• Full time Director of Family Reunification as well as a paralegal at Al Otro Lado • Full time attorney as well as a case management professional at KIND • Social worker to help reunited families connect with mental health, medical, housing and other resources — as well as vital trauma recovery services FUNDING DIRECT COSTS OF ADVOCACY:• Travel expenses for parents who need to travel back to the US to pick up a detained child• Mental health costs and reintegration services for reunified families • Indigenous language interpreters (The vast majority of deported parents are in Guatemala, clients are up to 30% indigenous language speakers with no ability to communicate in Spanish or English.) These interpreters make it possible to communicate with deported parents and detained children and to speed up reunification with their children. Love and Fury and We’re Just Getting Started,G & Together Rising

Posted by Together Rising on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

11/8/2018

Together Rising exists to turn our collective heartbreak into effective action. So–for the forcible tearing apart of…

Posted by Together Rising on Thursday, November 8, 2018

3/2/2019

This is the most important story I’ve ever told you.In May, I woke up and read that children as young as eight months…

Posted by Together Rising on Saturday, March 2, 2019

This is Nico. Our government took his son from him months ago. Together Rising, Al Otro Lado, Families Belong Together, and Matthew 25/Mateo 25 SoCal are at the border with Nico this minute, bearing witness, advocating and trying to hold onto hope because so far: Border Patrol has refused to let Nico and the other parents even present their petitions. These families are brave but they are weary and they miss their children. They are afraid for their children. They deserve to hold their babies again.Share.Give. https://togetherrising.org/give/Because We Belong To Each Other and There is No Such Thing as Other People’s Children. #ReunifyFamilies

Posted by Together Rising on Saturday, March 2, 2019
Together Rising Border Update

8 hours in at the border and our warriors are keeping the faith. Al Otro Lado Families Belong Together Matthew 25/Mateo 25 SoCal ACLU #ReunifyFamilies

Posted by Together Rising on Saturday, March 2, 2019
Together Rising Border – Latest Update!

UPDATE! They are coming in! All the families are coming in!!!! God bless the people of the impossible. #ReunifyFamilies Al Otro Lado Families Belong Together ACLU Matthew 25/Mateo 25 SoCal

Posted by Together Rising on Saturday, March 2, 2019
RELENTLESS FREAKING HOPE – TR Border Update!

Please enjoy: 1. The moment I found out about the miracle and 2. Announcement from my warrior SisterThe miracle that is happening RIGHT NOW at the southern border took ALL OF US – it took on the ground warriors like Liz and Sister and Al Otro Lado and it took YOU and me and Allison at home sweating and typing and emailing and praying and giving and hoping. All of us. It took all of us.Alone we can do nothing but OH MY GOD IT IS FREAKING TRUE THAT TOGETHER, WE CAN DO ANYTHING. WE PULLED OFF THE IMPOSSIBLE TODAY. WE ARE THE PEOPLE OF THE IMPOSSIBLE.I just sent this to the press:“Together Rising came to the border today to represent the 76,168 givers who pooled their small gifts to fund Al Otro Lado’s heroic mission. We came to stand with the courageous parents -desperate to have their children back in their arms. We came to honor our belief that heartbreak can be transformed into life-saving, world changing action. We came to demand a miracle- and we got one. The fight continues. We will not rest until every one of these families is reunited.”I cannot BELIEVE we get to be on this Earth, right now, doing THIS work together. I just cannot believe it. We are in this for the long haul with these families and will have more to report in the coming days.I love you. I’ll believe in our ability to do the impossible until the day I die. This is one of the best days of my life.In Love, Fury, AND RELENTLESS FREAKING HOPE:G#reunifyfamilies Al Otro Lado Families Belong Together Matthew 25/Mateo 25 SoCal ACLU

Posted by Together Rising on Saturday, March 2, 2019

3/3/2019

Together Rising Update – #ReunifyFamilies

Sister and Liz stood at the Border and watched Jose give this interview yesterday. Please watch. Jose is speaking to you.In May, Jose and his wife made the impossible decision to have Jose and their 9 year old son flee violence in Guatemala and seek asylum in the US. They tried. After they were detained authorities told Jose he would be deported and his son would be given up for adoption in the US. Jose begged them to let his son be deported with him. Authorities said no.Jose said that the most painful moments of his life were walking back to his wife in Guatemala preparing to tell her he had lost their boy, the love of her life. It was then that a reporter stopped Jose to ask what was wrong. Jose told this man what had happened-that his boy was gone. Maybe forever.The reporter said this:I know a group of Americans called Together Rising. They are helping families like you. They will help you find your son.I have not stopped thinking about that: A man, at the lowest moment of his life- in the streets of Guatemala – hears good news.You are the good news.You are the people of the impossible.Yesterday, we vowed to Jose that we would stand with him and 28 other families on the Border for as long as it took to make sure he was able to cross over. So he could present his asylum claims and be reunited with his son. Twelve hours into yesterday, Jose crossed over – the last one of the group of families – and one step closer to his greatest wish: giving his baby boy a hug.We will continue to stand for these families until they are reunited with their children.Please donate to Together Rising at https://togetherrising.org/give/. 100% of what we receive will go to support, advocacy and reunification. #ReunifyFamilies Al Otro Lado Families Belong Together

Posted by Together Rising on Sunday, March 3, 2019

3/11/2019

Reunion of 6-Year-Old with Family After 9 Months

Please watch for an impossible reunion you made possible.After the administration tore thousands of children away their parents, it then deported hundreds of parents without their children.Due to the administration’s failure to maintain records, 90 of these deported parents were impossible to find. They had no cell phones, lived in rural villages and many only spoke rare indigenous languages. Finding these 90 parents — much less reuniting them with their babies –was impossible.But you are the people of the impossible. So, through Together Rising, you funded the warriors at Al Otro Lado and Justice in Motion with $1,090,000 to set up a network of advocates to trek through the mountains to find these parents.THEY FOUND ALL 90.One is J Jesus. He and his precious 6-year old son Ariel came to the US in May to seek asylum due to gang violence. Even though he begged for Ariel to be deported with him, officials tore Ariel from his arms before he was deported.Ariel’s dad, mom and sister were losing hope that they’d ever see him again. Six year old Ariel was held in shelters for months. He hadn't seen his family for 10 months.Until Friday.On Friday, the Together Rising team took Ariel to the airport to await a plane bringing his mother, father and sister back into his arms. Right before his family landed, he looked up at Sister and said, in Spanish, "I don't remember what they are like." She showed him a picture of his family, and he beamed with joy, recognition and relief.He was held in his family's arms just minutes later.Thank you for being the people of the impossible — for making this reunion possible. We will not rest until every family is reunited. 17 parents we crossed with on Saturday are still being detained in terrible conditions. We need help so they can be reunited with their babies.Every Ariel deserves to be in their parents' arms, so please give what you can. 100% of what we receive from your tax-deductible gifts will go to advocate for, support and reunite these families. You can make donations to help reunify families here — https://app.mobilecause.com/f/28dc/n..Thank you to the incredible Al Otro Lado Justice In MotionFamilies Belong Together Border Kindness for your tireless love & fury for these families.#ReunifyFamilies

Posted by Together Rising on Monday, March 11, 2019