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News & Action Alert

June 21, 2018

We at the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice are outraged by the Administration’s asylum and immigration policy changes. We stand with immigrant and refugee survivors and their families, and we commit ourselves to collective action that puts an end to this state-inflicted humanitarian crisis, that mitigates the trauma that so many have already suffered, and that realigns our nation’s policies with morality, human dignity, and love for those who are most vulnerable to violence.

This moral crisis offers each of us an opportunity to assess where we are and what resources and relationships we have, so that we can effectuate powerful change. Many have asked for information about the policies and for concrete action steps to assist you in this effort. This News & Action Alert is just one effort to respond to your call to action.

In solidarity,

Erika Sussman, Executive Director

Policy Brief

Last week, the Trump Administration made two key policy changes that negatively affect immigrant survivors of violence:

UPDATE: Though the Trump Administration announced that they would be suspending this process, we are not aware of active efforts by the Administration to reunite families that have already been separated. We are also concerned that the Administration’s plans appear to include detaining families together. This could result in a number of undesirable outcomes, including prolonged detention, or expedited deportation. A preferable outcome would be to return to the previous process of releasing families pending a thorough investigation of and hearing on asylum or other claims.

The U.S. House of Representatives is voting on several problematic immigration proposals as early as this afternoon. Click here for further details and information regarding how to contact your Representatives and oppose these measures.

What You Can Do

Join and Support a Mass Mobilization on June 30th in Washington DC

Other DC Specific Opportunities



We rely on volunteers to staff our detention hotline. Detainees wishing to contact CAIR Coalition may call the detention hotline for free. The volunteer will be in charge of answering phones and helping detainees connect with their attorney free of charge using our conference system, conducting phone intakes, and providing information about our upcoming jail visits, procedures, and follow-up messages.

CARECEN CITIZENSHIP TEACHER TRAINING (repeating 2-hour commitment)

CARECEN’s 12-week citizenship courses are co-taught by pairs of passionate and dedicated volunteers.

RSVP to the training of your choice: * Saturday, June 16 2pm-4pm * Tuesday, June 19th 6:15-8:15 pm

WHERE: CARECEN’s office (1460 Columbia Rd NW)

WHAT: The training will include an overview of the citizenship process and basic eligibility requirements, the format of the naturalization interview and test, and an introduction to the CARECEN class structure. The upcoming course will run July-September. Interested teachers must attend a training, and can send their application and/or RSVP to the training


Confirm your participation by 5:00pm on Monday, June 25, 2018, by e-mail

MAKE A DONATION TO KIND (Kids in Need of Defense)

If you don’t have time to volunteer, consider making a donation to KIND, to support legal fees for unaccompanied children who would otherwise be forced to attend their immigration proceedings alone.