Dear Friends,

As an institution rooted in social justice and created for and by the community, we are gravely concerned about the fate of more than 3,000 children and counting, many of whom are from Latin American, who have been separated from their families and currently being held in detention centers, shelters, and temporary housing in El Barrio and around the country.

Families and children are enduring needless trauma with possible long-term harm to their mental and physical health, amounting to a serious violation of human rights. We urge the administration and our national leaders to take swift action to develop immigration policies that are humane and in the best interests of our children and families.

We encourage everyone to stand for what is right in support of immigrants, many of who are from Latin America. Your prayers, donations, and/or time is greatly needed and appreciated at this time. Please see below a list of organizations currently offering direct support to affected children and families.

Muchas gracias,

Patrick Charpenel
Executive Director
El Museo del Barrio


Local non-profit organizations who are currently providing care:

Abbott House
Cayuga Centers
Children’s Village
Rising Ground 

Additional organizations in the tri-state area and beyond:

The Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights: offering legal defense for families seeking asylum or facing deportation

The Legal Aid Society: providing deportation defense and other immigration legal services to unaccompanied minors, adults with children, and other vulnerable individuals

The Safe Passage Project: an immigrant legal services program for unaccompanied minors and refugee children separated from their parents.

The Door: providing unaccompanied adolescent migrants in NYC with housing and other social services

Kids in Need of Defense: works to ensure no child appears in immigration court without an attorney.

Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), an organization that helps bond out immigrants.

The CARA ProBono Project defends refugees from deportation from within the infamous Dilley Family Detention Center.

Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center,an organization legal services to the asylum-seeking parents being separated from their families.

South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project(ProBAR) provide pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works alongside attorneys and social workers to take action serving in the best interest of the child.

Image from Dreaming up North: Children on the Move Across the Americas,
an exhibition in our Cuentame Gallery in the fall of 2017.
Photo by Valentina Glockner Fagetti