Update - Jan. 25
You raised $175,274.08 for separated families in 48 hours. Thank you.
Last week, you sent the funds needed to locate six families and coordinate their boarding a plane in Guatemala and returning to the United States so they could be reunited with their babies.
Those parents had been separated from their children for almost TWO YEARS.
A federal judge found that these families had been unlawfully deported from the United States while attempting to seek asylum and ordered that they be allowed to return to the US. The judge found that, in some cases, agents coerced parents into signing documents they didn’t understand or convinced them asylum laws had changed. Some families were tricked into thinking they were signing deportation papers for themselves and their children, only to find out they were being deported alone.
This Tuesday evening, we asked you for $80,200 needed to help reunify and support those six families.
Within NINETY MINUTES, 1,905 of you had met that goal. You showed up once again to turn our collective heartbreak into action.
Your $80,200 will go to the immediate needs of the six families who arrived on Wednesday night -- including mental health services to help parents and children cope with the trauma of their long separation.
But you didn’t stop there, you continued to give. In 48 hours, you gave a total of $175,274.08. There are hundreds of children who are still separated from their families. The additional funds will go to reunifying, supporting, and advocating for separated families.
In the coming months, alongside our tireless partners at Al Otro Lado, we will continue to stand with these families.
You made these reunions possible.
We are building the world we believe in. Let’s believe and build together forever.
Update - Jan. 23
The parents landed safely last night!!!
Because of you, after almost TWO YEARS of separation, these parents were able to fly back to the US to be reunited with their babies.
Some were able to hug their babies at the airport while others are one step closer.
YOU made these reunions possible.
We will update you more in the coming days.
Thank you for standing with these families. Thank you for not giving up.
Update Night of Jan. 21
When these parents land tomorrow, we will be able to tell them:
“Last night, in anticipation of your arrival, strangers from all over this country and the world came together and gave of themselves so that your children might be in your arms again. Since so many of them stood with you: We have enough. We have enough to find your babies and help you begin again.”
Thank you. Thank you. There is no community of givers like you on the planet. A community loving and brave enough to see the world as it is, and loving and brave enough to, together, build a world as we imagine it can be.
We at Together Rising will be working closely alongside these 6 precious families - along with our tireless partners at Al Otro Lado. We will update you as soon as it’s responsible to do so.
We love you. We will be grateful forever.
They are finding hope again. Because you funded warriors on the ground with Al Otro Lado and Justice in Motion to find these six families, and you paid for flights so that, tomorrow morning, these six asylum-seeking families and their advocates will fly here to fight for their children.