VERA Institute of Justice
Immigration Project Connection
ICON, a partnership between the Vera Institute of Justice and New America, is a resource for parents who have been separated from their children due to the administration’s zero tolerance policy—as well as for the attorneys for these parents—to locate and connect with the legal service providers (LSPs) working with their children. ICON also seeks to ensure due process for these separated children and their families.
National Families Together Hotline
RAICES’ “National Families Together Hotline” (866)-ESTAMOS (866-378-2667) works to reunite families who have been separated upon entry to the United States. The National Families Together Hotline will be staffed by volunteers from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. CST but callers will be able to call and leave voicemails 24 hours a day.
The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL)
CHRCL, counsel on the Flores case, is working in collaboration with numerous organizations and volunteers to facilitate the reunification of separated children and parents, conduct ongoing monitoring efforts at all facilities where immigrant children are held, establish immediate telephonic communication between children and parents in cases where this has not taken place, restore parents’ decision-making over their children, and provide services to help parents already deported apply to return to the U.S. to be safely reunited with their children.
National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
NIJC has launched its Family Integrity Project to serve adults and children who have been separated as a result of immigration detention. Through this project and their network of pro bono attorneys, NIJC will provide legal screenings and representation for adults, children, and families who have been previously separated. At present, NIJC will accept referrals for previously separated parents, children, and families who are currently located in or are moving to Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. For individuals outside of those states, NIJC will provide referrals to appropriate legal service providers or work with pro bono partners. NIJC will also continue to work with partners throughout the country to advance protections through litigation, public education and direct service as appropriate.
Contact Information: Legal service providers can refer cases and individuals in need of representation can contact NIJC via phone at 312-660-1317 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
KIND has capacity to take on representation of children who were separated from a parent as part of the Zero Tolerance policy in the locations listed below. Separated children’s cases using the dedicated email address email@example.com, Include the child’s name, A number if known, county and state where the child is located or will be located, child’s and/or caretaker’s contact information.
KIND will accept referrals for separated children current located in, or moving to, the following counties/areas:
- California – Fresno, Kings County, Los Angeles County, Madera, Merced, Orange County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County, San Francisco City, San Francisco County, San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County, Tulare County
- Georgia – Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County
- Maine – Entire state
- Maryland – Entire state
- Massachusetts – Entire state
- New Hampshire – Entire state
- New Jersey – Entire state
- New York - Bronx, Kings County, Nassau County, New York City, Queens, Richmond County, Suffolk County, Westchester County
- Rhode Island – Entire state
- Texas – Harris County, Montgomery County
- Vermont – Entire state
- Virginia - Arlington County, Alexandria City, Fairfax County, Prince William County
- Washington State – King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, Thurston County
- Washington D.C. – Entire city
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
The International Rescue Committee can provide short-term emergency assistance to asylum-seeking families in several U.S. locations. Support may include short-term housing, cash assistance and in-kind donations for basic needs, as well as rapid needs assessments to help families get connected to services. If you are working with a separated or asylum-seeking family, believe that family will imminently be released and/or reunited, and would like to request short-term emergency assistance, you can make a request via IRC’s online Referral Form and someone from our team will circle back, usually within an hour or two. Please feel free to reach out with any questions at AsylumSeekingFamiliesHQ@rescue.org.
They are equipped to handle cases in the following geographic areas--at both point of departure and/or point of arrival:
- Phoenix area
- Northern California
- Southern California
- Central Texas (Dallas / Abilene areas)
- NYC/Northern New Jersey
- Seattle area
- Virginia (Central)
- Salt Lake City, UT