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The Children Of Migrants Need People To FIGHT For Them, These Organizations Make Doing So Easy

The situation faced by thousands of migrant children in United States detention centers is dire, to say the least. Regardless of your own political inclination, or whether you believe their parents did the right choice in seeking asylum in the United States, there is no denying that they are experiencing a humanitarian crisis. Stories of children being separated from their families are heartbreaking, and it seems that the system is so overflown that many unaccompanied minors are expected to take care of younger children who bear to relate to them. Their accommodation has been described as “cages” and many sleep on the floor. Bathrooms are scarce and they are receiving little or no legal counsel.

1. KIND (Kids in Need of Defense)

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This organization specializes in providing legal representation for migrant children. It also does lobbying efforts to make sure that the rights of these kids are protected. They offer services in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle. It was founded by actress Angelina Jolie and by Brad Smith, from Microsoft.

Learn more here.

2. Raices

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This fantastic organization has mobilized quickly to face the current crisis, offering legal advice (free or low-cost) to immigrant children and families. You can donate or volunteer if you have legal qualifications.

Learn more here.

3. Al Otro Lado

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This organization is based in Tijuana. Its name refers to how migrants call the United States: the other side. It has representation in both sides of the border and its mission is:  “Al Otro Lado is a bi-national, direct legal services organization with offices in Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, serving indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees, that is deeply engaged in efforts to protect the familial rights of migrants”. They have been quite active in the face of the current situation.

Learn more here.

4. Neta

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This media platform is one of the fastest growing for people of color in the United States. Its vision is “is to inspire and move people to change the world by creating content that amplifies the voices of border residents in the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border.” They create content to see the human side of the issue. See, for example, this moving story of a trans-Honduran woman and her journey to the US.

Learn more here.

5. Fronterizo Fianza Fund

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This organization raised funds to pay bonds for migrants that have been detained. It is a very practical and extremely amazing effort. Their philosophy: “We believe no one should be held in a cage, no matter their status. Abuse, despair, hyper-exploitation, and due process violations are inherent to detention. While people remain detained simply because they can’t pay for their freedom, we will work with them and their families to pay bonds, support people inside, and navigate the long and confusing road to freedom.” Wow, just wow.

Learn more here.

6. Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

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This organization based in El Paso, Texas, provides legal representation to migrants who can’t afford it. Its Detained Deportation Defense Program “serves detained migrants in the El Paso Processing Center, Otero Service Center, and West Texas Detention Center, providing high-quality, free, deportation defense services.”

Learn more here.

7. Immigrant Justice Now

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Sometimes the best way to incite action is through peaceful protest. This entity organizes protests and takes action. Their philosophy: “We oppose the cruel, inhumane and unjustified separation of children from their parents along the US border with Mexico and at other ports of entry into the U.S. We protest the appalling conditions in which families, and indeed all migrants, are kept. We protest the irreversible trauma that has already been perpetrated on these children and their parents for the crime of seeking a better life.” To learn about what you can do, go here.

Learn more here.

8. ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)

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Sometimes the one thing that migrants need is to know their rights. You can attend a training session or get up to date information of basic rights. Visit this site for more information: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights You can also donate directly to the protection of immigrant rights, including detained children.

Learn more here.

9. South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)

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This organization is currently supporting more than a thousand unaccompanied children housed in detention centers in the area. The number might seem modest, but each case requires hundreds of legal hours and considerable resources. You can donate to the cause.

Learn more here.

10. Justice in Motion

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This group builds networks among NGOs across Mexico, the United States and Central America to share information on parents and children that have been separated so they can be eventually reunited. You can donate here.

Learn more here.

11. The Florence Project

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This immigrant and refugee rights project, a ” nonprofit legal service organization providing free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody in Arizona”. Arizona is one of the states that receive less help, even though there is a high number of migrants entering through its border and far-right vigilante groups have been identified in the area.

Learn more here.

12. Project Corazon Travel Fund

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This amazing project run by Lawyers for Good Government foundation has sent 37 volunteer lawyers and law students to the border. They do this pro bono. Donations help cover travel and accommodation costs for volunteers.

Learn more here.

13. United We Dream

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This activist organization has an amazing motto: “When you’re undocumented, you face a lot of discrimination, and that creates a lot of fear. At United We Dream, we transform that fear into finding your voice. We empower people to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop our own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people. This is achieved through immigrant youth-led campaigns at the local, state, and federal level.” It helps migrants along all stages of their journey. One of their main projects is the Deportation Defense Program, which empowers migrants by highlighting their rights.

Learn more here.

14. Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project

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This project uses digital technology to encourage connection among asylum seekers. They represent individuals, including children, who arrive at the US-Mexico border. Their model has three components: “online community support, emergency legal aid, and nationwide systemic reform.”

Learn more here.

15. America’s Voice

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Their mission is “to harness the power of American voices and American values to enact policy change that guarantees full labor, civil and political rights for immigrants and their families”. They are a lobbying group that advocates for full rights for immigrants and has tried to hold the Trump administration accountable for injustices.

Learn more here.

This situation has been at the forefront of politics in the past few months, and legislators such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have even toured the facilities. There have been worker strikes in companies such as Wayfair that provide products or services to these facilities, and community organizers have been busy trying to ameliorate the situation. Businesses have also put su granito de arena by either donating money or raising awareness using their social, political and financial networks. Here’s 15 projects and organizations that have contributed to the cause. You can also help by donating to some of these.

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Carlos Villagrán Is Running To Be Governor Of Querétaro

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Carlos Villagrán Is Running To Be Governor Of Querétaro

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We all remember Carlos Villagrán as Quico from “El Chavo del Ocho.” The actor and Mexican icon is now entering the world of politics. Villagrán is entering the race for governor of Querétaro.

Actor and comedian Carlos Villagrán wants to be governor of Querétaro.

Affectionately known as Quico from “El Chavo del Ocho,” Villagrán is someone we grew up with. Now, decades after his famous role ended, Villagrán is hoping to open a brand new chapter in his life: politics.

“After 50 years of making people laugh, I find myself on another platform, which does me a tremendous honor,” Villagrán said during a press conference after filing paperwork.

Villagrán has been thinking about entering Mexican politics for a while.

It is never easy to decide if you want to become a politician. Your private life is no longer private and everything you do is suddenly under intense scrutiny. Villagrán did take time mulling over the idea before filing his paperwork to be a candidate for governor of Querétaro. He registered under the local Querétaro Independiente Party.

“I can’t say anything, because I still don’t know anyone and I have to talk to people to find out what it is about. So, I could not say anything at this moment,” Villagrán told El Universal when still debating the idea.

Villagrán created a Twitter account after announcing his candidacy and is hitting the talking points hard.

Villagrán’s official Twitter account has only pushed tweets highlighting QiBook. The social media platform is specific to Querétaro and is hoping to foster some economic and commercial success in the state.

Fans around the world are wishing him so much success.

Villagrán character Quico is one of the most celebrated characters in Latin America. The wild success of “El Chavo del Ocho” has made Villagrán a face that people throughout Latin America know and love.

However, some people are not excited to see another entertainer enter politics.

We have seen entertainers become politicians and it isn’t always a good thing. The current governor of Morales is Cuauhtémoc Blanco, a former soccer player, and people are not loving him and his leadership. We will no better about his chances of running on Feb. 8 when things are finalized.

READ: FIFA21 Releasing ‘El Chavo Del Ocho’ Uniforms To Honor The Icon For Limited Time

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Vanessa Bryant Shared The Sweetest Throwback Photo Of Kobe For Her Daughter Natalia’s 18th Birthday

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Vanessa Bryant Shared The Sweetest Throwback Photo Of Kobe For Her Daughter Natalia’s 18th Birthday

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Life goes on.

Almost a year after her father Kobe Bryant passed, Natalia Bryant is gearing up for college and celebrating her life in progress. On Tuesday, to celebrate her daughter’s 18th birthday, Vanessa Bryant showered her daughter with tributes and words of wisdom in an Instagram post.

Vanessa posted a handful of tributes to Natalia on Instagram, including old photos of the 18-year-old her father, Kobe.

The late LA Laker, who died last year on Jan. 26 with his 13-year-old daughter (Gianna) and several others in a tragic helicopter crash, could be seen in the photos. In one of the images, Vanessa and Kobe held baby Natalia in an image taken on the Los Angeles Lakers court.

“Daddy’s little princess, Natalia. ❤️🎉🎂🎉#18#BirthdayGirl,” Bryant captioned one of the photos.

In another post, Vanessa expressed how proud she was of the woman Natalia has become.

“Mommy and Daddy are so proud of the young lady that you are. You have displayed so much strength and grace throughout the most difficult year of our lives,” she wrote in the post. “Thank you for stepping in to help me with your little sisters. You’re such an incredible big sister and a beautiful role model to so many people. Thank you for being kind, polite and gracious in everything that you do. You have no idea how happy and proud mommy and daddy are that you’re our daughter. We love you always and forever, forever and always. Happy 18th birthday to our first born, Natalia, our principessa!”

Last week, Bryant revealed that Natalia has college on the mind.

In a separate post shared to Instagram, Vanesa revealed that her daughter has New York on the mind when it comes to getting her Bachelor’s. “NYU is one of her top schools. (@nataliabryant chose not to apply ED to her top 5 schools). I will do my best to keep her in Cali just like I kept her daddy here,” she commented.

There’s no doubt that in the wake of her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi’s deaths, Vanessa Bryant and her family have received quite the outpour of support from fans. Look up just about any hashtag with their names and you’ll find hundreds of thousands of images of the two deceased Bryant family members and just about as many fan accounts. The images and tributes have meant to be a eulogy to the two basketball players that lost their lives too soon.

Yet, recently Vanessa Bryant revealed that the ongoing support hasn’t always been so positive for her.

In June, Vanessa Bryant opened up about having to take action and remove herself from all the social media love she and her family have received in the five months since her husband and daughter’s deaths.

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In a post to her Instagram page, the mother of four, sent a note to fans to let them know that she and her 17-year-old daughter, Natalia, had decided to block fan pages in an effort to keep away from the constant pictures of Kobe and Gianna popping up on their “Explore” pages. In her post, Bryant underlined that she was only blocking the accounts to make sure she was continuing to heal and that it was not being done out of malice.

“Thx so much for all the [love]. @nataliabryant and I have unfortunately had to block fan pages because it’s been really hard to go online and constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe under every single square of our explore pages. Blocking the fan pages has helped change the algorithm,” Bryant wrote in a post to her Stories on Instagram.

Vanessa continued to explain that “We [love] you all but please understand that we had to do this for our own healing not because we don’t appreciate your [love].”

Bryant’s Instagram page was made to be private soon after her husband’s death likely for similar reasons.

In a separate Instagram story to her own account Vanessa’s daughter Natalia shared, “We hope that people understand although these fan pages have good intentions, they make moving forward harder since they are constant reminders. Blocking the accounts have helped change the algorithm but we can not go public until the fan pages stop. We love all of your sweet intentions and we hope you understand.” 

Understandably, Bryant and her daughter are sheltering themselves from further hurt during this time.

Here’s hoping their fans continue to support them through this decision and understand their motives. Fortunately, while Bryant and her daughter Natalia have made their accounts private, they are still making their content available through other pages. Recently, Bryant revealed that she had decided to pay tribute to her late husband and daughter Gigi by commemorating their lives with tattoos.

Last week, Bryant took to Instagram to reveal she’d made the decision to honor her husband and daughter with two new tattoos.

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Both images were shared with the public via Nikko Hurtado, the artist behind Vanessa’s ink work.

“Shoutout to @nikkohurtado for coming over and helping me get my Gigi’s sweet message transferred on me,” she wrote in a caption to her Instagram page featuring a video of her new tattoo honoring her daughter. The details of the tattoo aren’t totally visible but in the comments, Bryant revealed that the tattoo features her late daughter’s handwriting. “So happy I can see my Gigi’s handwriting everyday ❤️ #mambacita,” she replied.

Bryant also shared a video of herself receiving another tattoo, this time for Kobe.

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In a post to her Instagram page, Bryant shared another video of herself. This time the video revealed that she was actively receiving a shoulder tattoo that is meant to honor her husband.

“I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me,” Bryant explained in the caption of the photo.

For fans of the Bryants it’s important to note that while Vanessa and Natalia aren’t looking at fan accounts, the art is still available for you to view if it makes you feel better during this time.

Additionally, fans who want to keep up with Vanessa and Natalia and see how they continue to heal can follow friend accounts or stay in touch with us for updates!

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