HUMAN RIGHTS INITIATIVE IS A DALLAS-BASED NON-PROFIT ASSISTING SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER:
Human Rights Initiative stands against the zero-tolerance policy which has led to the separation of over 2,000 immigrant children from their parents. President Trump’s recent Executive Order, “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation,” calls for an end to family separation but does not lay out a clear plan for reunifying children and parents who have already been separated, nor does it end the zero-tolerance policy to prosecute any immigrant who enters illegally. Asylum-seeking refugee families will continue to be prosecuted and detained in family detention, a practice that is riddled with human rights and safety concerns.
WHAT IS HRI DOING TO HELP CHILDREN AND FAMILIES?
For the past 18 years, HRI has represented immigrant children in court and in front of US Citizenship and Immigration Services for free. HRI also serves unaccompanied minors in our local DFW shelter in Ft. Worth through providing legal screenings and know your rights presentations. HRI staff has already worked with children who have been separated from their parents in this shelter and we expect to see more.
Because there is no plan to reunite children and parents, it is unclear what will happen to many of these children as they stay here. What is clear – HRI will be here ready to represent children in court when the time comes. We do this by activating our incredible volunteer attorney network, which was last tested in 2014 during the “Surge” of unaccompanied minors.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Donate to HRI. Your donation will be used toward free legal representation of children and also asylum-seekers and other vulnerable immigrants.
- Keep talking about these children. The media will move on to the next story soon enough, but we should not until we know that these children have been reunited with their parents!
- Volunteer with HRI. we have plenty of great volunteer opportunities from being a pro bono attorney to helping us with Know Your Rights presentations!