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The Trump administration’s cruel policies have separated thousands of families who fled violence in their home countries, jailed parents and children in different parts of the country, and caused long-lasting trauma for our communities and families. And with each passing week, the administration seeks new ways to block arriving asylum seekers from protection, and attack and separate more families. Your donation to NIJC on Giving Tuesday will help keep families and communities together.
Learn more about NIJC's efforts to reunite separated families and ensure access to justice to newly arriving families:
A mother who is still separated from her four-year-old son and imprisoned seven months after they arrived at the U.S. border seeking safety is suing the U.S. government for refusing to reunite them. NIJC represents this mother and her son. Read more about this mom's lawsuit. In September, Jonathan Blitzer of The New Yorker interviewed this mother and shared her heartbreaking story. Read her story in The New Yorker.
Olga and Marbel
Olga and Marbel are mothers from Honduras whom the U.S. government separated from their children at the border and detained in separate immigration jails. NIJC represents these mothers. Watch these mothers talk about their experiences on CNN on Anderson Cooper 360.
Jose and Marta
The U.S. government separated Jose and his three-year-old daughter Marta at the border, detained them for months in separate facilities across the country, and refused to reunite them until a judge ordered Jose's release. NIJC's Gianna Borroto spoke to The New York Times about representing Marta and fighting for her to be with her father again. Read Jose and Marta's heartbreaking story in The New York Times.
Edwin and Jaime
Edwin and his four-year-old son, Jaime, were seeking safety in the United States. But when they arrived, the U.S. government separated them without explaining what was going on. Edwin was deported back to the violence he fled in Honduras but Jaime remains with relatives in the United States. The pain of being separated is still agonizing and both would do anything to be together again. NIJC is representing Edwin and Jaime. Read Edwin and Jaime's story in The Nation.
Ms. L. and S.
Ms. L. and her daughter S. shared their experience in The New York Times Magazine cover story of fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo, being forcibly separated at the U.S. border, and detained in different states for months as they tried to seek safety in the United States. Volunteer attorneys from Locke Lord LLP and NIJC attorneys are representing them in their asylum cases, and Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants is providing Ms. L. and S. shelter and support. Read Ms. L. and her daughter S.'s story in The New York Times Magazine.