Through our grassroots networks and a new partnership with Semillas, the only Mexican women’s fund, we’re helping to ensure that people making the dangerous trek from Central America to the US have shelter, information about their rights, and referrals to service providers on both sides of the border.
Dreamers’ Moms is a group of women who were forcibly separated from their children and deported from the US to Mexico. We’re supporting efforts to reunite these families, provide trauma counseling and advocate for an end to unjust immigration policies.
The Caravan of the Mothers of Missing Migrants is a group of Central American mothers searching for their missing children, who disappeared along the route to the US. We’re helping to strengthen their efforts to reunite families divided by abusive border policies across the region, by funding a gathering where these mothers can exchange experiences and strategize together.
We’ve sponsored workshops with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona to bring skills and strategies to lawyers and rights advocates to secure asylum claims. And we’re launching a new joint advocacy campaign to bring an international legal petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights holding the US accountable for abuses of migrants in detention, including family separation.
"We have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of children separated from their parents—even children as young as one year old. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve documented nearly 350 cases of family separation, double the number from last year. The administration has been upfront about this destructive policy, saying that this will deter families from migrating. However, the immigrant families we serve are fleeing extreme violence and for many, return is a death sentence. Often times parents and children, when separated, are not aware of where each other are for days. When our staff meets with them, the children are inconsolable and cry at the very mention of their parents. In some cases, we have seen children regress emotionally and become non-verbal due to the trauma our government has inflicted on them."
When we heard this from our partners at the Florence Project in Arizona, we knew we had to act. We're helping to bring trauma counseling to these children, along with our support for vital legal services.
As activists, we need to create and strengthen ways for us to work together in the face of this crisis. That’s why MADRE co-organized a special convening to connect US and global social justice activists. Together, we shared the threats we face, put our heads together to devise more effective ways to resist, and asserted our shared principles to build a truly secure and just world.
It’s hard to keep up with the cacophony of bigoted expletives and outrages emanating from the White House. So you may have missed the Administration’s latest desperate attempt to justify its xenophobic and racist immigration policies, this time by pretending to care about women’s rights.
Yifat Susskind, MADRE Executive Director, appeared on 112BK with Ashley Ford to address global women's rights, the rise of the right and how progressive activists can learn from each other to build stronger movements.