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If you donated money to RAICES
, the immigration legal-service at the forefront of assisting asylum seekers detained through the ‘zero tolerance policy
,’ you can rest easy knowing your contributions are making a concrete impact.
After several days, the organization was able to raise millions of dollars, about $17 million of which was collected through a Facebook fundraiser
started by a concerned couple looking to assist undocumented families trying to reunite with free legal representation. Facebook has noted this as the most successful fundraiser on their platform to date.
In a statement
made Thursday, RAICES Post-Release Case Manager Nathan Roter addressed the organizations plans with the money moving forward, "We are going to be using that to hire more legal assistance, hire more outreach workers, hire more attorneys, file way more applications for bonds, as many that we physically can, pay those bonds, and get people out of detention."
In addition, a portion of the funds will be used to launch The Post Relief Volunteer Project, which will help to provide people with ongoing legal services and support post detention. The program will ensure that immigrants understand their legal rights and responsibilities, including filling out asylum request applications, appearing in court and checking in with ICE agents.
RAICES says they are grateful for the support and encourages everyone to continue to volunteer
and keep up with this issue.
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