Help Us (virtually) TO reach our goal!
Dejando Huella 2021
Date: Friday, April 30 (Children’s Day) – Friday, May 14 (Extended!)
Thanks to those faithful supporters who have walked and donated. Many thanks to Tortas Chago, Superior Grocers, El Terrible, Incorrupto, 97.9, La Raza, El Clasificado who sponsored this event. Special thanks to our photographer volunteers: Louis Kravitz, Norma Schwartz, Roy Dybuncio, Vecc Schiafino, Itzel Magana (volunteer), Maria Hernandez (consultant for social media strategy) y Ana Lerman, VP of publicity for Hispanic Bridge Inc., for helping us plan this virtual fundraiser.
Fundraising goal: $15,000
The funds we raise will go to support our participants in the following ways:
10 financial grants of $1,500 can be provided for initial retainers for legal representation, or
150 attorney-client sessions can be interpreted from English/Indigenous language at $100 each, or
200 minors can be provided with $75 for proper court attire to attend a court hearing, or
300 immigration consultations with an experienced attorney can be covered for $50 each, or 600 rides can be provided to minor+guardians to the court hearing venue for $25 each.
What is this fundraiser for? The COVID-19 pandemic has limited our center’s ability to raise funds, which makes it challenging to ensure our children have the resources they need to thrive.
What does the Refugee Children Center do?
In 2015, the Refugee Children Center (also known as the San Fernando Valley Refugee Children Center, Inc.) created to address the humanitarian crisis of Central American unaccompanied minors who were arriving at the border in unprecedented numbers. Since its inception, the Refugee Children Center has been welcoming and providing a loving community to more than 400 children and their families who escaped persecution and life-threatening violence. Statistically, children who come to our doors are from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador and are now seeking refuge in the United States.
Our goal is to provide support with resources and direct services that will empower them to withstand their immigration journey, those resources include:
- Legal resources
- Financial assistance to cover an initial retainer for legal representation of unaccompanied minors.
- Referrals for medical assistance, mental health resources, and housing
- Food and basic supplies, like items for personal hygiene, clothes, and school supplies
- Educational programs for children and family, among others
Why is it important for us to donate to the Refugee Children Center during this time?
Even during a pandemic, there are still hundreds of children who are still fleeing persecution and life-threatening violence and traveling to the United States looking for refuge.
At this very moment, there are approximately 1000-1500 people, including 300-500 children, as young as 3 months old at the Chaparral Encampment in Mexico. There are family units composed of two-parent households, single mothers and single fathers with children and a few adults waiting to be let into the US after having been enrolled in the Migrant Protocol Program and waited in Mexico for almost 2 years.
The Refugee Children Center provides children and their families with basic needs, direct services, and resources, including legal assistance, children and family programming for music, support groups, tutoring, and mentoring amongst others.