What Can I Do?

With the ongoing assault on the rights of migrants trying to come to the US, and with the crisis on the US southern border, you may be wondering what you can do.  Here is a collection of selected resources to help advocate and educate around the issue.

Get Involved

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.

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.

"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.

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.

Center to Support Immigrant Organizing

Boston-based organization whose goal is to help immigrants in the forefront of community and workplace struggles to develop their power and leadership not only to succeed in their immediate context, but also to contribute to the broader effort to build a more just and democratic society.

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

Annunication House

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.