What can you do?
If you want to help, what’s needed is money. I know that sounds crass and impersonal, but money will let the non-profits on the ground continue to staff up and try to keep up with the need. It may seem sweet to send toys or some such, but it’s pointless. Toys won’t get to the kids, and non-profits are way too busy to deal with boxes of random stuff showing up. Send money.
- To fund attorneys’ travel to Tornillo: Project Corazon
- To fund local lawyers representing Tornillo kids: DMRS (El Paso Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services)
- To fund statewide lawyers representing Tornillo kids: RAICES
- To fund a national group that directly represents Unaccompanied Children around the country and enlists pro bono lawyers to represent them: KIND (Kids in Need of Defense)
You can also call your representatives and senators, or even meet with their staff. I’m not aware of organized campaigns right now to shut down Tornillo, or to at least lift the threats against sponsors, but I’m sure they’re out there.