We are very excited to announce that the D.E.A.R. Foundation Inc. is participating in #GivingTuesdayAlamance!
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#GivingTuesdayAlamance is a part of a national movement to encourage taking a day to give back to our community. #GivingTuesday began in 2012 and now non-profits in Alamance County have decided to collaborate to start the movement here. We already have Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now we have #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesdayAlamance will track all donations made to any non-profit involved on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014. This movement enables individuals to give back to their community through a quick on-line donation, while participating in a much larger social movement!
OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE $5,000 TO HELP 10 CHILDREN IN DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS !!
Help children victims of human trafficking, sexual abuse, domestic violence and human rights violations that cannot go back to their countries.
WITH YOUR DONATION, 10 children will receive free legal representation. You can be a part of their dreams and support us to fight for their lives. Stand up for the protection of children's rights.
If you want to learn more about our success stories and how we are helping children, please read them here
Undocumented children are just like all other children and they deserve our attention
Background about the US-Mexico Border Crisis
According to the Migration Policy Institute, the Unaccompanied Immigrant Children arriving to the US since last year has increased by 90%. These children are mostly coming from Honduras (28 percent), Mexico (25 percent), Guatemala (24 percent), and El Salvador (21 percent). Most are coming due to the increase of inescapable violence caused by gangs and drug cartel. According to Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), a non-profit organization, approximately 30 percent of unaccompanied minors are ordered removal in abstentia, or in other words, removal because they did not show up to one of their court hearings. Additionally, the Vera Institute of Justice, a research center with offices across the county, has stated that approximately 40 percent of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children are potentially eligible for relief.
The D.E.A.R. Foundation's #GivingTuesdayAlamance Campaign
Through the Victim Impact Program and Refugee/Asylum Program D.E.A.R. serves many Unaccompanied Immigrant Children. These children often come from a history of living with abuse, extreme violence, and fear. D.E.A.R. offers these children affordable legal services, education about the immigration system, referrals to other affordable resources in the community, and advocacy for their best interest. Recently, the number of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children seeking our services has increased dramatically due to the current crisis occurring at the US-Mexico border.
The D.E.A.R. Foundation is aware that the current border crisis is complex and there is no simple solution. However, we do believe that each immigrant has the right to receive legal expertise regarding their individual situation. Many of these children are still living in extreme fear due to lack of education about the US immigration system and reliefs that may be available to them. D.E.A.R. would like to increase support for these children, who we see as the most vulnerable of the vulnerable. By supporting the D.E.A.R Foundation through #GivingTuesdayAlamance your funds will go towards providing educational workshops for the Unaccompanied Immigrant Children here in North Carolina. Additionally, they will also go to providing low cost legal services for these children, enabling them to have guidance through the immigration system.
An Unaccompanied Immigrant Child Now a Survivor
Below is the story of one of our Unaccompanied Immigrant Children clients. She gave us the permission to disclose her story without including her name. She has a very powerful story and although she is still suffering physically and mentally from her experience, she is a survivor.
Our client, a 16 year old girl from Honduras, was kidnapped at age 14 by the MS-18 gang while walking on the street to pick up her brother. The gang members held her hostage with two other girls and extorted her father for money. Unfortunately, he was not willing to pay the money. During this time this 14 year old girl was beaten, cut with a knife, and raped by each gang member present. After a week, the woman in charge of looking after the girls decided to let them go because she was not receiving her compensation. The client was found on the street and woke up in the hospital in Honduras where she stayed for another eight days because of the trauma endured. After she was released from the hospital her family decided that it would be dangerous not only for her but for them as well if she stayed in Honduras. They decided to send her to the United States, alone.
Through her perseverance and strength she was able to survive the physical and mental abuse she suffered and make it to North Carolina. Now working with the D.E.A.R. Foundation, she is applying for Special Immigrant Juveniles Status that would allow her to live and work in the United States permanently. Additionally, she received references from the D.E.A.R. Foundation for therapy so she could continue improving her mental health. She happily agreed to share her story because she is thankful for the D.E.A.R. Foundation and the services she is receiving here. All donations received on Giving Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 will support children like the client above. Thank you in advance and please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.