I am going to Artesia, NM, 11/21-11/28 (yes, and missing Thanksgiving) to help out with the defense of unaccompanied minors and unrepresented women/children from Central America, currently being detained by the government. These detainees do not speak English, do not know the system, and have no idea when they will even see an immigration judge (nor do the government agents there). Some of the detainees have now been detained for months. I am volunteering in conjunction with support efforts by AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) through my local chapter, and AIC (American Immigration Council), a non profit organization.
Attorney volunteers are needed to provide legal representation, but anyone, especially those fluent in Spanish and particularly in dialects of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, are encouraged to volunteer. I’ve heard of paralegals and non-legal personnel volunteering, especially if they speak Spanish, in order to help translate for non-Spanish speaking attorneys (such as myself!).
There are costs associated with traveling to Artesia, which each volunteer pays out of pocket, and that does not include shutting down solo practices.
I hope those of you who are wondering how you can help minimize the trauma of these detainees will consider volunteering or donating to this cause.
If you are inclined to support my travels and service in Artesia, or generally the work of AILA/AIC, please consider using this link for a tax-deductible donation. Any amount is appreciated.
If you want to mail in a check, then please fill out this form to include with your check donation.
If you write in “SCV-ALISON YEW” in the designation code, 100% of your donation will directly go toward my service in Artesia, New Mexico.
Thank you; I appreciate your support in any way.