Celebrate the Holiday Season with Lawyer Moms Lights the Way

Every child deserves to share in the joy and hope that the holiday season offers, no matter their country of origin or legal status. At a time when migrant children and their families are vilified, a gesture of kindness and compassion serves as a tangible reminder that they are not alone. 

In the spirit of all that is good during this holiday season, we have established wish list fulfillment program, Lights the Way. We are working with lawyers and organizations to identify migrant families that could use some assistance and holiday cheer and are connecting these families to people who want to help.

How can you participate?

Consider nominating a family (or spreading the word):

  • Attorneys and organizations working to support migrant families are invited to contact us to be part of this program.

  • Please fill out this form by November 25, 2019 if you would like to nominate a family or families for this program.

Shop from a wish list:

  • Right now we are taking nominations for families and helping to create wishlists.

  • Please check back during the holiday season for updates! We will post wish lists here.


We are partnering with Amplify The Children!

A core part of the Lawyer Moms Foundation mission is educating the public about the conditions migrant children and families face in detention facilities. This educational work helps to inform the advocacy of Lawyer Moms of America.

With this mission in mind, we welcomed the opportunity to partner with members of the team that discovered hundreds of children being warehoused in abusive conditions at border facilities in Texas in June. Together, we have launched the nationwide, crowdsourced Project Amplify campaign, for which Lawyer Moms Foundation is providing fiscal and administrative infrastructure, to ensure the American public hears from the children themselves.

Learn more about the project: https://amplifythechildren.org/
Please read the declartions: https://amplifythechildren.org/declarations 
Donate to the Go Fund Me campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/f/amplify-the-children…

It is our responsibility to make these kids voices heard & our responsibility to advocate and let Congress know that the American public does not stand for this kind of neglect and abuse.

Rev. Justin Gibson’s wishlist

We have partnered before with people in the wonderful El Paso faith community, who are on the front lines of helping families who have been released from detention centers. There is an immediate need for formula, diapers, and other supplies. 

Here is a message from Rev. Justin Gibson, whose parish has helped us get supplies to families before.

They’ve asked for our help now. 

Here is the wishlist

In the last few months, upwards of 500 detainees are released into El Paso, TX everyday. These asylum seekers are released to hotel shelters where they work with volunteers who help them make contact with sponsors and legal representatives. These asylum seeking families are in the shelters here in El Paso for a couple of days, but they are often in pretty rough shape. They are released from detention without supplies, they have not showered and they are starving. Many of the moms have little to no supplies for their babies. Some have trouble breastfeeding due to the stress of the journey and detention. 

I wanted to share a story of a young mom from Central America who is like so many of the people I see every week at the shelters:

Janis is the single mom of a 14 year old, 7 month old and she is also seven months pregnant. With her kids she traveled from Central America where she said that she was unable to find employment sufficient to provide for her family after she left her abusive husband. This is not to mention the ever present threat of violence. 

As I was talking to her teenage daughter, she said a few words in English and I asked if she had been learning English in school. She said that she was in school some time ago, but had to stop going because she was afraid that she would be killed at school and on the way to and from classes. 

Janis has not seen a medical care provider for the entire length of her pregnancy. The day that I saw her she was getting ready to travel several hundred miles to where her family now lives in a different city in Texas. The shelter was able to send her with a few diapers and some formula to get her through her trip. (We have her permission to share her photo and story.)

Here in El Paso we are meeting a very particular need for the first few days of release from detention. The asylum seekers don't stay here for long, but it is important to make sure that those who are most vulnerable: women, children, and babies are able to receive the most basic supplies until they are able to get to where their families and sponsors live.

Thanks in advance for helping in this effort,
Justin

Also, any supplies donated need to be sent to:
St. Francis on the Hill Episcopal Church
6280 Los Robles Dr.
El Paso, TX 79912

Lights the Way

Join us as Lawyer Moms Foundation Lights the Way
Bringing the true spirit of the holidays to migrant children and their families

Every child deserves to share in the joy and hope that the holiday season offers, no matter their country of origin or legal status. At a time when migrant children and their families are vilified, a gesture of kindness and compassion serves as a tangible reminder that they are not alone. 

In the spirit of all that is good during this holiday season, we have established an Adopt-A-Family program, LMF Lights the Way. With this program we are working with lawyers and organizations to identify migrant families that could use some assistance and holiday cheer. 

How You Can Participate?

Attorneys and organizations working to support migrant families are invited to contact us to be part of this program. We will take care of keeping your client anonymous and we will set up an Amazon Wish List.

Please contact us by December 1st if you would like to nominate a family or families for this program.

THE LAWYER MOMS TRAVEL BANK

The Lawyer Moms Travel Bank collects pledges of airline frequent flyer miles and coordinates travel for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. We also provide travel for attorneys doing volunteer immigration work.

You can contribute by filling out this Donation Form.

As of January 2019, we have collected over 5 million miles, used approximately 1.2 million pledged miles (and funds of around $3000) to provide over 70 flights. Thanks to our generous donors of both miles and funds:

  • We reunited several children and parents separated by the family separation policy, including flying two children to Guatemala (in two separate cases) to be reunited with their parents who had been previously deported without them.

  • We provided travel to two young mothers who were being held in a youth detention facility together with their own young children. Plane tickets provided by our donors allowed these young mothers to be released from detention on their 18th birthdays (along with their babies) instead of going to adult detention and being separated from their children.

  • We provided flights to dozens of asylum seekers (including several families) upon release from detention to relocate them to family and support systems across the country.

  • We provided travel to immigrant families for treatment of urgent medical needs.

  • We flew volunteer attorneys to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas to do vital immigration work.

We are still collecting donations of miles and funds for this important work. While the stories of the individuals we are able to help are private, we let donors know exactly how their miles are being used.

Contact us for more information about the Lawyer Moms Travel Bank.