After news broke Wednesday of the workplace immigration raids in Mississippi, with almost 700 arrests and leaving many children stranded at school with nowhere to go, local ministers, advocates and lawyers began mobilizing and compiling resources to share with the public. The following are the resources we've gathered so far from reputable sources, but we will continue to update the list. Please email email@example.com with additional options, or post in the comments below.
First, an update on the children. We're told that the feds released at least some of the parents last night and today to go take care of their kids who were left stranded. Here's what to do if children do not show up for school.
You can donate online to the following funds/organizations:
Rapid Response to Help Immigrant Kids in Mississippi (you can choose organizations or funds divided between all participating.
Mississippi Center for Justice
Also, MCJ is in charge of volunteer attorney recruitment effort for the emerging coalition to help detainees and their families. Here’s the link for any interested attorneys.
Carlyle Crisis Center Relief Fund
An organizer for the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA) has set up a GoFundMe account here.
You can also donate directly to MIRA here (meaning they get all the money).
Southern Christian Services in Jackson, Tupelo and Gulfport offers free trauma counseling to youth and their families. To inquire about services please call 601-354-0983.
Attorney Carlyn Hicks posted on Facebook:
"Some individuals were released last night and outfitted with ankle monitors, others were sent to Louisiana for further detainment. All impacted children may not be accounted for - Educator friends, if your EL children do not show up for school today and they were impacted by yesterday's events, please call MDCPS at 1-800-222-8000.
"If you are the neighbor, community member, church member, educator, pastor, coach, or remotely acquainted with