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Strengthen the Safety Net

Donate to the IM4HI Migrant Emergency Fund during COVID-19

Over the past five years, individuals like you have donated over $30,000 through our Migrant Emergency Fund. This fund covers emergencies when immigrants we accompany have no safety net. In this time of Shelter-in-Place, Jorge*, his wife Celeste*, and their niece Suni* are all out of work. They all already worked paycheck to paycheck–Jorge in construction, Celeste with a restaurant night shift, and Suni cleaning houses.  This immigrant family, like others, now have no way to earn an income, and no safety net to support their daily expenses and bills. Even before the crisis, they and other families we accompany could not qualify most government resources, and they likely won’t qualify for any relief package that is to come. 

We care about them–they are valuable and worthy of relief. Our human connection and real provision through the Migrant Emergency Fund could be the lifeline they are looking for. You can be in solidarity with them by donating to the Migrant Emergency Fund.

During the COVID-19 crisis, our Nueva Esperanza Accompaniment Teams are part of the safety net for families like Jorge, Celeste, and Suni. The accompaniment teams empower families to be self-sufficient in looking for resources in the local community, and can also fundraise through own congregation for emergencies.  Still, it is hard to cover so many expenses given the economic impact of COVID-19. Thankfully, our Migrant Emergency Fund can supplement these efforts to provide a safety net.  We are currently reaching out to over 60 families we have accompanied to see how the Migrant Emergency Fund might fill the gap. Thank you for all the ways you are supporting our most vulnerable in our communities and take care of them during this difficult time!

Questions? Please contact Kelly Younger, Nueva Esperanza Accompaniment Program Coordinator at kyounger@im4humanintegrity.org

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Pilgrimage for Liberation: Adelanto and Mesa Verde Detention Centers

Despite an important legislative victory to ban the operation of for-profit prisons and detention centers in California, private prison company GEO and Immigration Customs and Enforcement are violating federal law and circumventing state laws as they seek to nearly double immigration detention beds in California by repurposing CDCR prisons into detention centers.

This April, in the midst of a season of holy days: Jewish Passover, Christian Lent and Holy Week, Muslim Ramadan, Buddhist Hanamatsuri, we are calling all faiths and all people to join us for a Pilgrimage for Liberation, April 9-10, 2020. We are calling for an end to for-profit prisons and detention centers and for the liberation of those held captive as we journey to five for-profit prisons and detention centers from McFarland to Adelanto.

Pilgrimage Itinerary

(times are subject to change)

THURSDAY, APRIL 9
7 am | Depart Oakland on a bus.
12:30 pm | Lunch in McFarland and meeting with local organizers.
2 pm | Faith Ritual & Press Conference @ McFarland City Council: 401 W Kern Ave, McFarland, CA 93250
5 pm | Gather at Mill Creek Central Park: 500 19th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301 for Procession to Mesa Verde ICE Detention Center for Vigil
7 pm | Dinner and Meeting with Mesa Verde organizers and families
Overnight Stay

FRIDAY, APRIL 10
7:30 am | Depart Bakersfield
10:30 am | Interfaith Prayer Service at Adelanto Detention Facility
12:00 pm | Lunch in Adelanto with local organizers and families
4:00 pm | Leave Adelanto
10:00 pm | Arrive in Oakland

From Southern California: Carpools will be coordinated from LA and the Inland Empire.
From the Bay Area: For those joining the chartered bus from the Bay Area, we have a suggested donation of $150 to cover the cost of bus and our communal meals. Partial and full subsidies will be made available upon request.

Click Here to Register for the Pilgrimage

Prayer Vigil at Adelanto

We are inviting all faiths and all people to come together for an Interfaith Vigil for Liberation on Friday, April 10, 2020 at the Adelanto Immigration Detention Facility, one of the largest detention facilities in the country that has just approved plans to expand to incarcerate 2,700 of our brothers and sisters.

This interfaith vigil is the final stop of the Pilgrimage for Liberation, where our Bay Area community will join our Southern California partners. Come be a part of this sacred journey with us bearing witness to the suffering and calling forth a new vision where everyone is beloved and no one profits of suffering.

Join us to learn and bear witness. Pray with families of those captive inside so that they know they are not alone but are joined in solidarity by all races and faiths. Pray for officials to convert from an economy of incarceration to an economy of liberation.

Come be a part of this sacred journey with us to speak truth and call forth a new vision where everyone is sacred and no one profits from suffering.

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Faith Rooted Organizing for Liberation: Webinar

On January 28, 2020, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity presented a webinar training focused on our Faith-Based Organizing model and the AB32 campaign to ban private prisons in California. View the webinar video above, or read the slides online here.