Every night, Ryan and I lie on each side of Brooks, read a couple stories with him, and then snuggle up against him for a couple minutes. Sometimes he wraps an arm around one of our necks, or strokes our face, or presses his forehead against one of ours. A couple weeks ago, he told us, "I feel happy, because I'm with Mommy and Daddy."
We are incredibly, undeservedly, randomly privileged to have landed in circumstances that let us provide safety and comfort to our child (soon to be children), to be able to hold him, hug him, explain the world to him bit by bit.
I can't begin to describe how horrifying it is that thousands of families are having that basic need taken from them, their children ripped from their arms with no knowledge of where they're going or for how long. The Trump administration recently admitted that there are thousands of children still separated from their parents, and argued that reuniting them would be too difficult.
RAICES fights to reunify children with their parents. They provide legal representation to children who would otherwise face a judge alone. They help parents find out where their children are being held. They help both parents and children fight for both reunification and asylum. They advise DACA and TPS recipients, aid immigrant victims of crimes afraid to seek other help, and much more.
For Brooks's 3rd birthday, please help us continue to establish a legacy of giving for him, one that we will look back over with him as he gets older and we help him understand empathy, systemic racism, his privilege in the world and the responsibility that bears. This money goes directly to paying legal fees that allow RAICES's lawyers to provide pro bono services to families and children that need them. Thank you.
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