The Beyond Our Walls cause for July is aid to kids and immigrant families on the southern border. Our donations will be split between the RAICES and the ACLU.
RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas. Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be 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 is unique among immigration organizations with a diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff who provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. For more information on RAICES see https://www.raicestexas.org/ .
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. The ACLU funds immediate aid to “Kids on the Border” with a fund that is divided evenly between La Union Del Pueblo Entero, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and 12 other local groups in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California working to protect kids separated from their families by ICE. For more information see https://www.aclu.org/families-belong-together