#RefugeForFamilies: 5 Way to Take Action!

November 27, 2018

I am saddened to say that as a result of President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric, US Customs and Border Protection closed the San Ysidro port of entry, between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. San Ysidro is one of the largest land border crossings, where more than 5,000 migrants have been waiting to apply for asylum in the United States after crossing over 2700 miles on foot.

Let’s be clear: the situation at the border is clearly a humanitarian crisis, which requires a humanitarian response that fits our values as a country. The President’s military response only continues our country’s mired history of violence against people of color.

Let’s not forget that seeking asylum is a humanitarian response to dire circumstances.

Militarizing border communities and closing the border means turning our backs on vulnerable people with a right to seek asylum and it makes border communities less safe for the thousands of people who use our ports of entry each day to conduct business and visit family.

Tear-gassing migrants at the border is not the solution to historical traumas that caused these folks to make the ultimate decision to uproot their families to seek a better life. 

After walking hundreds and even thousands of miles seeking a better life, Thousands of migrant families—mostly women and children—have been waiting to apply for asylum. These families are seeking safety and the opportunity to have a better life for themselves and their children.

Let’s stay true to Lady Liberty’s ideals and welcome the stranger, just as we’ve done over the course of history. 

Help us demand that our elected leaders uphold our values and our constitution to make sure people seeking asylum have safe and timely access to have their cases heard:

send a letter to your federal legislator here.

5 Ways To Take Action:

1) Send a letter:

SEND A LETTER to your legislator: tell them to protect Asylum-seekers and to reject border militarization.

2) Donate:

DONATE to the #RefugeForFamilies Campaign. All of the proceeds will go towards the legal and humanitarian needs of the refugees.

3) Sign up your organization for updates

If your organization would like to sign up to receive additional information regarding #RefugeForFamilies – Sign up HERE

4) Human Rights First Legal Representation Response Call

For those who are interested in joining the Legal Representation Response listserv created by Human Rights First, follow this link to be added.

5) Volunteer

Volunteer Criteria Form HERE (created by Alianza Americas in Spanish & English)



  1. Please use THIS FORM to sign up to be a legal volunteer.
  2. Here is the link to join the WhatsApp legal volunteer coordination group
  3. Current Requests & Timeline:
    1. Volunteers with Spanish fluency and experience providing know your rights training on asylum
    2. Volunteers are needed and will be trained right up until December 14th before people are away for the holidays
  4. Main Contact: Helena Olea, Alianza Americas –holea@alianzaamericas.org


  1. Shelter Volunteers:
    1. HERE is the Summary of Shelter Needs as it stands now. Please keep in mind that this continues to change.
    2. If you are interested in connecting to these opportunities, please fill out the #RefugeForFamilies Individual Sign-On FormHERE.
  2. Main Contact: Zorayda Avila, Alianza Americas –zavila@alianzaamericas.org

To Connect to the Needs in Tijuana & San Diego:

  1. Al Otro Lado:
    1. Volunteer form in Tijuana:https://alotrolado.org/take-action/volunteer/
    2. Volunteers should email:volunteer@alotrolado.org
  2. Here is the link to join the WhatsApp Group for TIjuana
  3. Norma Chavez Peterson, Executive Director of ACLU in San Diego:
    1. Email:norma@aclusandiego.org
    2. Phone number: (619) 232-2121
  4. Additional coordination efforts will be shared as they take shape