RAICES stands for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Service.
We would love for our family & friends to join to help raise money for this outstanding non-profit organization.
RAICES helps provide legal services to children, families, and refugees that have been affected by the current immigration policy. We have been blessed with with more than we could ask for and feel that it is our mission to be a blessing to others and give back for a cause that we feel strongly about! We hope that you join us in our mission and donate for this heartbreaking cause, your donation is the only wedding gift we would want. To shed some light on what is happening in our very own back yard please read the articles below:
At United States Customs and Border Protection stations in Texas, children are reportedly kept in cells with open toilets and mats on the floor for bedding. The lights are kept on 24 hours a day and the temperatures are extremely cold. There have been reports of lice infestations and an outbreak of the flu (five infants had to be sent to intensive care). There’s little to no adult supervision; small children are tasked with taking care of smaller children and babies. Supplies are scarce, with reports of kids without access to water, food, and basic sanitation necessities. Teen moms in the facility lack safe water to clean baby bottles or mix with formula.
An undocumented Honduran woman said that immigration officials took away her 4-month-old as she was breastfeeding—and she was put in handcuffs when she tried to hold on to her baby. A group of parents said they were told their children were being taken away to be bathed—and as the hours ticked by, they realized they weren't coming back. And another set of moms claims they could hear their children screaming for them in another room, and were powerless to go to them.
The zero tolerance family separation policy has officially ended after a federal judge intervened. Migrant children are supposed to be kept with their parents. But children are still taken into custody on their own, even if they have guardians, such as older siblings, grandparents, or other relatives, in the United States. Border agents also separate children from parents who have an alleged criminal history, a communicable disease, or are deemed "unfit" or "dangerous" by the agent.While the parents or guardians are placed in prison to await trial and possible deportation or apply for asylum status (seeking asylum is legal, but the process takes an average of 578 days, according to New York Times), children are being sent to camps completely unequipped to care for them. And worse, in the face of a seeming desperate need for supplies, donations are being rejected from detention centers.
RAICES Children’s Program provided legal services to over 4,700 detained children, including thousands held in a tent city in Tornillo, TX.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, we can't wait to help make a difference for all of the people and families that are in need of RAICES services!
"Love will always win!"Daniel & Nina :)