The Jewish Federation Has Opened a Fund for Asylum Seekers

From The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago: In response to hearing from many members of our community who are anguished about the situation at the nation’s southern border, the Jewish Federation has opened the Jewish Federation Fund for Asylum Seekers.

The Fund will provide temporary housing for those legally in the U.S. released from detention centers, legal representation, and case managers and advocates for unaccompanied and/or separated children, through three organizations.

  • Jewish Family Service of San Diego (San Diego Rapid Response Network) runs a shelter for families released from detention and provides a safe place to people as they decide on next steps while waiting for an asylum court hearing. The families—who frequently have only the clothes on their backs when they are released—are provided with food, toiletries, clothing and toys for the children.
  • The Young Center, based in Chicago, provides case management for unaccompanied and separated children. The laws governing asylum do not require proceeding in the “best interests of the child,” so the volunteer case managers provided by the Young Center work to achieve that level of care.
  • RAICES provides free and low-cost legal services to asylum seekers and refugees at its five Texas offices.

To learn more about this effort please click on the link www.juf.org/asylum. If you have additional questions please contact Paula Harris, paulaharris@juf.org or (312) 444-2859.

Also, from The Chicago Jewish News: https://www.chicagojewishnews.com/2019/08/federations-fund-for-asylum-seekers/

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