One year ago this amazing fandom – with generous support from the cast! - helped raise $8,075 for the nonprofit RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) to help reunite children trapped in ICE detention centers with their parents. Like all of you, we hoped that the global outcry in defense of those children would lead to real change.
That hasn’t happened.
In fact, it’s gotten worse.
It’s hard to read the news these days. It’s hard not to feel sick and powerless, as our leaders seem to turn a blind eye toward the suffering of innocent kids. Babies are being handed off to ten-year-olds to take care of them. Toddlers are sleeping on concrete floors. Government lawyers are standing up in court to argue, with a straight face, that the law ordering them to keep detained children in “safe and sanitary conditions” doesn’t count things like beds or medicine or soap.
Many of these children came to the United States with families seeking asylum, fleeing terrible conditions in their own country. They entered through proper channels, and they didn’t break any laws, but their children were taken anyway, and their families have no idea where they are or how to get them back.
So we’re back to ask for your help again.
This year we’re proud to support KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) and their Family Separation Response Team,created to address the profound crisis caused by the current administration’s “Zero Tolerance Policy” where children are being immediately separated from their parents at the border. They work on the ground both in the United States and Central America to find and reunite families.
KIND offers many services to support immigrant and refugee kids in crisis. For example:
--$50 can provide a social service referral for mental health counseling
--$100 underwrites the training of 25 new pro bono attorneys to help them better serve these kids
--$250 covers an extensive child interview and match with a volunteer attorney to ensure that kids have an advocate in court
--$500 can provide violence prevention workshops for 10 at-risk-girls
You can follow them on Twitter at @supportKIND to learn more about their work.
If you live in the United States, you can also click here to find the US Office of Refugee Resettlement’s map of resource centers, and learn how to donate goods and supplies directly to refugees in your area. And don’t forget to call your senators and representatives to demand that they take action to protect these families. (Here’s a phone script if you’re nervous!)
One of the most beautiful things about this fandom community is the number of charitable projects it supports, from Cancer Gets Lost to Eliza's school, and everything in between. We see all of you out there on social media, retweeting news articles, raising awareness, taking action, resisting the false messages of cynicism and hopelessness that we sometimes hear reflected in politics.
The generosity in this community inspires all of us, and we're so proud of how many different lives have been impacted by charity projects in this fandom.
So let's do this again, shall we?
Last year we raised over $8,000, with a goal of just $2,500 to start; you blew us all away! This year we want to aim a little higher. Help us raise $10,000 by August 1st! If you aren't able to donate, please share on social media, and tag the writers, cast and crew to ask if they'd consider RT'ing and supporting as well, to increase our impact and help more kids.
Thank you all for your big, generous hearts. We love you all!
--Claire & Erin
P.S. If you'd like to make a donation, please share your Twitter handle (if you have one) in the notes so we can thank you publicly! Also, feel free to add your favorite inspiring quote from The 100!