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  • Help us Bring Karnes Families Home with the Karnes Bond Fund

    Please donate to the Karnes Bond Fund; this fund is being set up to assist families detained inside the Karnes Family Detention Center in Texas. This facility currently has 226 family units where mothers and their children are being held.


    The families held at this facility are all eligible for release on bond, however because many of them are fleeing violence and do not have other family in the United States, it is often difficult for them to raise...

  • WATCH LIVE: RAICES Testifies in Washington D.C. Congressional Hearing

    Today, our Executive Director, Jonathan Ryan will be testifying at the Kids First: Examining the Southern Border Humanitarian Crisis congressional hearing.  
    Check out Jonathan's testimony here & follow along with the live hearing below. Let us know why this issue strikes a chord with you!
    Actions to take while you watch:
    1.  Follow us on twitter for live tweets of the hearing @raicestexas
    2.  Follow us on facebook to learn how you can help: http://facebook.com/raicestexas
    3.  Send...

  • NYT: Republicans Unveil Plan to Address Funding for #Refugee Children
    WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled their plan to stem the surge of unauthorized child migrants from Central America at the southern border, proposing to spend $659 million — well short of the $3.7 billion President Obama seeks — to ease the humanitarian crisis after weeks of internal divisions and just days before Congress adjourns for its five-week August break. The proposal set up a standoff with Senate Democrats, some of whom have threatened to try to attach a...
  • HuffPost Opinion Piece: "They Are Children"

    Opinion piece from Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus & First Focus Campaign for Children.
    The Best Interest of the Child In the name of helping children, our nation should not take actions that would impose more harm upon children. As such, the president, Congress, and policymakers at the state and local level should adopt a "best interest of the child" standard when addressing the needs of children. This is a fundamental principle...

  • We're Hiring: Legal Assistants & Attorneys
    With this crisis comes the need for extra help; currently RAICES is hiring immigration attorneys, as well as several children's program legal assistants. If you're interested in either of these positions please check out the application and submit your information (resume & cover letter) to apply@raicestexas.org
  • Help on Social Media: "I Protect Refugees"
    Take Action on Social Media:
    Help us get our message of love for the refugee kids out. We need to make sure that our friends and family know where we stand. In the last eight weeks we've been busy here at RAICES meeting with the children at the Air Force Base, and trying to help them where we can.
    Earlier this week we released our initial numbers, out of 925 children we've talked to over 63% of have...
  • German News: More minor migrants raising tensions in US

    Forced to freeze in the 'ice box' Many children from Central America also fall victim to violent assault on the long journey to the US, said Jonathan Ryan, director of the non-governmental organization Raices, which is representing the children and teenagers from the camps in court. The children often tell them stories that are so horrific that staff have to seek psychological help themselves. But even for the lucky ones who do make...

  • At Least 63% of Refugee Children at Lackland Air Force Base Qualify for Relief

    Contact: media@raicestexas.org                                                                            July 22, 2014
    Cell: 734.262.9705
    RAICES Internal Review Finds 63% of Refugee Children at Lackland Air Force Base are Eligible for Relief
    RAICES Calls on President Obama, House and Senate Leaders to Keep Protections in place for Unaccompanied Minors
    San Antonio,...

  • Texas Group Finds Most Unaccompanied Children Could Qualify for Relief

    More than half of the unaccompanied Central American children who are in U.S. custody after crossing the U.S. border could be found eligible for relief by a U.S. immigration judge, according to an assessment by Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).  This assessment is particularly timely, as several members of Congress have proposed legislative changes that would effectively speed up deportations of the Central American children by...

  • Mileneo: “Si regresamos a los niños, es su sentencia de muerte”

    Jonathan Ryan es un estadunidense de origen irlandés. Es director ejecutivo de la organización de abogados Raices (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) que todos los días ingresa a la base militar de Lackland, aquí en San Antonio, Texas, donde hay albergados más de mil 200 niños centroamericanos que cruzaron la frontera solos. Ryan entra ahí porque es el abogado que, junto a su organización, tiene permiso del gobierno federal...

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