CLOSE THE CAMPS / RESOURCE LIST
1. Download a full list of Trump’s Immigration Concentration Camps (Excel)
2. (Some) Local Organizations Assisting Immigrants with Legal Procedures
• The Legal Clinic (TLC)
Mission : to restore hope, dignity, and justice for low-income immigrants through high-quality immigration legal services, education and advocacy.
• Refugee & Immigration Law Clinic at the William. S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i Manoa
Responding to real community needs and addressing authentic justice issues provides a powerful vehicle for engaging students in actual practice issues. Ranging from form-based transactional work to representation before administrative agencies, to representation in federal district and appeals courts, Immigration Law allows student practitioners to observe and participate in a wide variety of practice modalities.
3. (Some) US-Wide Organizations Actively Resisting Trump’s Immigration Concentration Camps
• American Civil Liberties Union / Immigrants’ Rights Division
“When the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to one vulnerable group, everyone’s rights are at risk. The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against them.
Using targeted impact litigation, advocacy, and public outreach, the ACLU protects the rights and liberties of immigrants. For more than 25 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of almost every major legal struggle on behalf of immigrants’ rights, focusing on challenging laws that deny immigrants access to the courts, impose indefinite and mandatory detention, and discriminate on the basis of nationality. In addition, we have challenged constitutional abuses that arise from immigration enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, including anti-immigrant “show me your papers” laws at the state level and unconstitutional enforcement tactics by the federal government and local agencies.
• American Immigration Council (AIC)
AIC provides on the ground critical legal services to families along with our partners at the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Without an attorney, immigrants are much less likely to get the protection they need through the asylum process.
Our preparedness for mass enforcement and critical on-the-ground services in immigration detention are just some of the ways we are standing with families and ensuring our doors remain open to those seeking safety.
Close the Camps choose to fight and they hope we will join them. Moments like this are critical for allyship from American citizens. We’re asking allies to protest at ICE facilities, jails and detention camps to demand:
• Detention Watch Network (DWN)
Detention Watch Network (DWN) is a national coalition building power through collective advocacy, grassroots organizing, and strategic communications to abolish immigration detention in the United States.
Families Belong Together is a coalition which includes nearly 250 organizations representing Americans from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight family separation and promote dignity, unity, and compassion for all children and families. The coalition has raised millions of dollars for immigrant children and families, mobilized hundreds of thousands of people in all 50 states to take action, and helped to reunite thousands of families. Families Belong Together continues its work to permanently end family separation and detention, seek accountability for the harm that’s been done, and immediately reunite all families who remain torn apart.
“All immigrants deserve permanent protection, dignity, and respect. We all deserve the right to live without fear. the right to live without fear. We call on the diverse groups of immigrant people in the United States to join together for a collective struggle. We have to help each other free ourselves of the chains of fear. Because although there are laws that limit us, it is fear that keeps us quiet and weakens us as a community.”
An organization comprised of Jewish people. “As Jews, we’ve been taught to never let anything like the Holocaust happen again. Now, with children detained in unacceptable conditions, ICE terrorizing immigrants in every corner of the country, and people dying at the border while seeking safety in the US, we are seeing the signs of a mass atrocity. We refuse to wait and see what happens next.”
No More Camps calls on all people of conscience to shut down the concentration camps on the US-Mexico border through any nonviolent means necessary.
• RAICES (The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services)
Founded in 1986, RAICES is now the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. RAICES combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy. RAICES has a diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client. Their attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status.
The largest immigrant youth-led community in the country. “When you’re undocumented, you face a lot of discrimination, and that creates a lot of fear. At United We Dream, we transform that fear into finding your voice. We empower people to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop our own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people. This is achieved through immigrant youth-led campaigns at the local, state, and federal level.