The Women Defending Migrant Children on Our Border

Giving immigrant families legal aid provides the only bright spot for many of them and provides them something to hold onto in the face of tremendous difficulty.

This week’s #ChangeMakers are bringing justice to the children separated from their families and cruelly placed in immigration processing centers. We draw inspiration from Allegra Love, founder of the Santa Fe Dreamers ProjectRobyn Barnard, an immigration attorney with Human Rights FirstSwapna Reddy, Co-Director of Asylum Seeker Advocacy ProjectJennifer Anzardo Valdes, director of the Children’s Legal Program at Americans for Immigrant JusticeChristina Fialho, co-founder of Freedom for ImmigrantsMichelle Brané, director of Migrant Rights and Justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission, and finally, Jessica Morales Rocketto, political director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. These women have switched careers to help others. Each of them has a unique story of why she is involved in reuniting families, but each story generally starts with going to one of the facilities where they held children and saw their distress and the terrible conditions that they are living in. These #Changemaking women are committed to working with parents to get them out of detention centers and even out of prison so that they can be reunited with their children. The stories shared with them are of trauma, fear, mistreatment, and confusion but also, of hope. Giving immigrant families legal aid provides the only bright spot for many of them and provides them something to hold onto in the face of tremendous difficulty. None of these cases are easy, and we thank these #Changemakersfor making the border a safer place for those seeking asylum, for those looking for a better life in the states.