Thanks so much for wanting to help! For more information on how to help in countries of origin, consult the website link for each nation.
I highly recommend reading Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario and watching films like El Norte, Sin Nombre and Which Way Home. Philip Spassov put together a list of 168 immigration-related movies and documentaries, including links. See http://discuss.ilw.com/content.php?3877-Article-Immigration-Movies-and-Documentaries-By-Philip-Spassov.
For concrete organizations to support and others actions to take, Pullitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario, who has reported on child migrants for over 15 years, makes these suggestions:
- Make a donation to KIND.
- Write a letter to a lawmaker in support of giving these children a full, fair, and timely immigration hearing, as required under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008. Ask Congress to increase the number of refugees the U.S. allows to pre 9/11 levels, which were nearly twice current levels, to allow more children fleeing harm to have a safe harbor in the U.S.
- Help others get educated by giving Enrique’s Journey as a gift.
- Explore other ways to help on Sonia’s website.
Then, Dara Lind with Vox released this article about how to help: http://www.vox.com/…/children-border-how-help-donate…, and Michael Mechanic with Mother Jones released this article:http://www.motherjones.com/…/how-help-unaccompanied….
Here too is a great example of the medical-legal-social partnerships we should aim to create: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/31/nyregion/splintered-family-left-young-immigrant-yearning-for-tighter-bonds.html?_r=1& . The Rio Grande Valley in Texas, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago also have these coalitions, and organizations from the different sectors in Los Angeles and the Bay Area of California collaborate closely with each other.