In the last week, while we have been distracted by Brett Kavanaugh, thousands of immigrant children have been taken from foster homes and moved back to the Texas border, to tent camps.
The OWLS Special Committee on Family Separation and Child Detention has an opportunity for you to participate in the local effort to support the asylum-seekers brought to the federal prison at Sheridan. We have gotten the OWLS Board to donate to the fund managed by APANO, as a matching fund to encourage your donations. This fund provides commissary funds to the men while they are in detention, and funds for clothing and basic necessities when they are released.
The Board has donated $850 to the fund this week. Now, we’d love to see that doubled through your donations. If you’ve wondered how you can help, if you don’t speak a foreign language fluently, don’t practice immigration law, don’t live in the northern Willamette Valley… know that your donation, however seemingly small, is working with the donations of other OWLS to make a real difference in the lives of these asylum-seekers.
Click here to donate. And, thank you, for this and for everything you do.
Maya Crawford Peacock
Co-Chairs, OWLS Special Committee on Family Separation and Child Detention
According to court documents filed about a week ago, more than 400 migrant children remain separated from their parents. Read the full article at the PBS News Hour website.
Population levels at federally contracted shelters have increased more than fivefold since last summer, reaching a total of 12,800 this month, according to data obtained by The New York Times.
WHO: Anyone who wants to help! Attorneys, legal staff, administrative staff, law students, and community members at large are all welcome to pitch in. For individuals who wish to volunteer with the application process, there will be a 2-hour training on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Stoel Rives LLP, 760 SW 9th Avenue, Suite 3000, Portland. Thank you Stoel Rives!
WHAT: Trained volunteers will help immigrant and refugee community members with applications for naturalization. Other volunteers are needed to help with organization, directing applicants to interpreters/volunteers assisting with applications, and food service, setup, and cleanup.
WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are two shifts, (1) morning 9 a.m. to Noon, and (2) Noon – 3 p.m. You can also volunteer all day!
Click here to sign up to volunteer!
WHERE: IRCO Community Center, 10301 NE Glisan Street, Portland.
WHY: There are approximately 38,472 lawful permanent residents (LPRs) in the Portland metro area who are eligible for naturalization, and 8,382 reside in East Portland, where IRCO’s sites are located.
On the off chance you thought that the separation of migrant children from their parents was something that only happened far away, this NY Times piece on a reunited family in Oregon struggling to regroup after reunification will bring the impacts of this tragedy close to home. This fall, an 11 and 7 year old who were separated from their parents for 51 days are starting school in Talent, Oregon, trying hard to move on from their time in detention.
Currently, about 43 of the men are still at Sheridan. The remainder have been released, transferred, or have elected to return home! (This information is coming from the Federal Public Defenders Office). APANO has been able to transfer $100 in each of the commissary accounts of the majority of the 79 asylees that Innovational Law Lab and the Federal Public Defenders Office is representing (over $8,000 total).
The ACLU and Innovation Law Lab recently wrote up a great summary of the collaborative response to Sheridan.
We still need your help with financial donations to support the currently detained asylees with their commissary accounts and help the released reconnect with family. You can donate here (www.apano.org/sheridan).
You can also donate gift cards, calling cards, and Tracfones. As of now, the released asylees need gift cards (Walmart, Target) to purchase clothing that will fit them, and they need phones (Tracfones) with calling cards to connect with family. You can deliver these items to the APANO Office (2788 SE 82nd Ave., Suite 203, 97266). If you do decide to donate these items, please fill out this form indicating the number and amount so we all know how many items to expect and when we have reached our capacity.
Thank you to everyone who has already donated their time, energy, goods, and money.
With love and courage,
Jai Singh Field Organizer, APANO
photo Mobile: 503.688.0776
Address: 2788 SE 82nd Ave Suite 203, Portland, OR 97266
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