Immigrant Families Together Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in response to the inhumane immigration policies separating families at the U.S./Mexico border.
Imagine this for a moment:
Thousands of asylum seekers who undertook dangerous journeys to escape terror in their home countries and come to the U.S. are sitting -- RIGHT NOW -- in immigration prisons around this country, many of them sleeping in rooms with a hundred or more bunk beds, unable to follow social distancing and pandemic prevention protocols recommended by national and global health authorities.
They aren't criminals -- they are legally seeking asylum.
Earlier this year, IFT launched a detention support program as a way to ensure that the voices and needs of asylum seekers currently in the custody of ICE could be heard... and once heard, responded to.
One of the most vital components of the detention support program consists of the commissary funds that we deposit into the accounts of detained asylum seekers. These funds allow them to purchase food and hygiene items, which would otherwise be beyond their means to purchase. The commissary funds also allow them to make phone calls to family members, attorneys, and advocates, a lifeline that often has a direct impact on the outcome of their cases.
When the news broke about the hysterectomies alleged to have been conducted at Irwin, a detention center in Georgia, we were able to independently verify the accusations by listening to women IN Irwin, who were able to contact us because of the commissary funds made available to them through the detention support program. By sharing their stories, with their consent, with media and attorneys, through videos like this one for NowThis, the public is able to begin to grasp the scope and severity of what is happening inside detention facilities -- which, by the way, are paid for with your tax dollars.
Your support of IFT made the sharing of these women's experiences possible. Their courage in sharing them, in turn, has provoked the interest at the highest levels. It is our greatest hope that that interest will result in accountability. What has happened to these women is unpardonable and it is irreversible. But because of their courage and your support, we can work with organizational and governmental partners to ensure that more women aren't harmed.
While the detention support program is vital, we remain committed to and engaged in the work of paying bonds and reuniting and supporting asylum seeking families, and your support is vital for this work.
Together we can and do make a difference!
Thank you for your support, especially during this challenging time.
Immgrant Families Together is dedicated to reuniting and supporting immigrant families separated at the US/Mexico border by paying bonds of adult family members who are detained in immigration prisons. We also gives special consideration to those who are extremely ill and the vulnerable LGBTQ immigrants.
In addition to reuniting families, we provide programs of support and resources for families we reunite as they recover from their detention trauma and adjust to life in the US while their asylum cases are adjudicated.
Some of the programs and resources we provide include:
Our mission also includes:
Humanitarian aid to partners and volunteers on the border working with families affected by the Remain in Mexico policies (Migrant Protection Protocols).
The new detention support program expands our work to detention prisons for the support of families who lose a loved one in detention, and to support those in immigration detention so that they don't become another name on the devastating list of deaths in ICE custody.
Learn more about our work, visit our website.
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