A collection of selected resources to help advocate and educate around issues of migration and human rights and organizations working on them.
Ignatian Solidarity Network
Organization dedicated to social justice education grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and advocacy including on issues related to US immigration reform. Sign up for their listserv for Action Alerts to organize lobbying of Congressional representatives and other actions.
Twelve Ideas Post-Election From Front Line Organizers
By Loyola New Orleans Law Professor Bill Quigley, surveying many organizers for their ideas and wisdom.
WE HAVE RIGHTS: What to Do When Interacting with ICE
ACLU materials include a short video in seven languages about a person's rights when interacting and being apprehended with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The Effects of Deportation on Families and Communities
A Policy Statement by the Society for Community Research and Action: Division 27 of the American Psychological Association. A Spanish version is also available on the page.
Facing History and Ourselves: Global Immigration
A wealth of educator resources from the organization Facing History and Ourselves to help teach around various aspects of migration in the US and globally.
The Immigrant Learning Center
Organization based in Malden, MA providing a number of online resources and occasional webinars to learn more about immigrants in the US, among other services they provide.
Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice
Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice: Moving from Actor to Ally to Accomplice.
English for Speakers of Other Languages/Know Your Rights (ESOL/KYR) Tool Kit
Center-developed ESOL modules incorporate concepts of human rights and legal rights of interest to undocumented people in the US. Includes introductory guide for teachers on how to use the modules, and introductory video.
"One pagers" from the Ignatian Solidarity Network
Issue: Family separation
Family separation resources prepared by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
Learn more about Immigration Enforcement
National Immigration Law Center resources around Know Your Rights, immigration raids, rights to legal representation, Muslim bans, "sanctuary" polivcies, interior enforcement and more.
Research Examines Human Face of Deportation, Makes Recommendation for Government and Faith Communities
Article on report by Kino Border Initiative (KBI), Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), and Office of Justice and Ecology (OJE) of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States on impacts of deportation and making recommendations to lessen negative effects on people affected by current deportation policies.
Scholars at Risk (SAR) Student Advocacy Seminars
The Scholars at Risk (SAR) program presents a new handbook for the Student Advocacy Seminars, their experiential learning program for undergraduates at SAR member institutions.
Re-imagining Migration’s mission is to advance the education and well-being of immigrant-origin youth, decrease bias and hatred against young people of diverse origins, and help rising generations develop the critical understanding and empathy necessary to build and sustain welcoming and inclusive communities.
We achieve this by enriching our understanding of human migration, leveraging educators as pivotal agents of change, and empowering young people as civic agents—the life force of vibrant democratic societies.
Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network
A network of faith communities, individuals and other activist groups working to reduce the escalating harm of our immigration system in the current political context. Manages a bond fund in the Boston area to help get immigrants out of detention as well as providing accompaniment visits to people in ICE detention.
Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance (AMOR)
Rhode Island-based alliance of grassroots organizations, providing community support in Rhode Island and southern New England for victims of hate crimes and state-sponsored violence. Have a 24-hour multilingual (currently English & Spanish) line that connects community members to AMOR’s network of services, including comprehensive mental health care, legal support, court accompaniment, community support, transportation, and interpretation.
Article: How to Help Migrants at the Border
Article detailing a number of groups providing direct assistance to migrants at the border.
Kino Border Initiative
Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Mexico-based group working to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through:
- Direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants
- Social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border
- Participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies
Hope Border Institute
Independent grassroots community organization working in the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez-Las Cruces region, that seeks to bring the perspective of Catholic social teaching to bear on the social realities unique to our region. Through a robust program of research, reflection, leadership development, education and action, HOPE develops and aligns the border’s community leaders engaged in the work of justice from across the Mexico-US border to deepen solidarity across borders and transform our region
El Paso, TX-based organization which, in the Gospel spirit of service and solidarity, accompanies the migrant, refugee, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education.
A continuously-updated resource site for immigrants and allies across the United States.
Resources for Families Facing Deportation and Separation
Technical resources from the Women's Refugee Commission.
The following guides and reports provide information about family separation due to detention and deportation, safety planning and child welfare for families facing deportation. The documents provide tools for preventing family separation, resources for families caught between the immigration and child welfare systems, and a comprehensive approach to the question on the lips of every mother facing deportation: “What about my children?”
Forensic Psychological Assessments for Immigration Court
Site with roots in the Pacifica Graduate Institute, containing resources for psychologists who want to write pro bono psychological evaluations for asylum applicants and immigrants facing deportation who are requesting hardship waivers.
- Greater Boston Legal Services
- Local immigration law clinics (e.g., Boston College Law Immigration Clinic)
Legal and Policy Updates
- Immigration Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
- uLEAD Network (state-level legislation tracking)
- Mayor’s Health Line (free referral service for medical and legal services, regardless of status)
- ScholarshipsA-Z (list of scholarships/undocu-friendly institutions) & DREAMer’s Roadmap (app to find scholarships)
Additional info on DACAmented & Undocumented Students in Higher Education
Undocumented Immigrant: An immigrant who does not have proper authorization or documentation
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Policy through which the federal government may exercise favorable prosecutorial discretion (granting recipients a revocable, two-year period of protection from deportation) - recipients may apply for a work permit and a Social Security number
DACAmented/Undocumented Students in Mass. Public Colleges
Financial Aid Policies
DACAmented/Undocumented Students at 4-Year Private Schools (in contrast to 2- & 4-year public college counterparts)
- Just as likely to rely on grants/scholarships
- Less likely to pay tuition costs out of pocket
- Less likely to identify a safe space on campus
- More likely to seek undocu-friendly campuses with culturally-sensitive personnel
- More likely to receive general peer-support, but less likely to receive peer-support around status
- More likely to work and reside on campus
- Less likely to experience overall levels of financial concern