New York City is confronting a humanitarian crisis. Nearly 20,000 asylum seekers have arrived in NYC in recent months seeking safety, as a result of the ongoing bussing program from the US/Mexico border. Each week, packed buses of families and individuals are arriving to Port Authority many separated from their loved ones. Because of the magnitude of the situation, we are currently facing a growing humanitarian crisis throughout the five boroughs as the City works feverishly to welcome in the influx of new migrants as best it can.


To assist in the City’s efforts, we ask for your support. In partnership with East Harlem Community Partnership at Union Settlement, El Museo del Barrio will serve as a site for an emergency clothing drive from September 29th through October 22nd. Drop-offs can be made from Thursday to Saturday between 10am and 3pm. At the museum, we are accepting new and gently used clothing in all sizes, including shirts, pants, dresses, pajamas, etc.; outerwear (sweaters, jackets, coats); winter accessories (hats, gloves, scarves); and footwear (sneakers, boots, shoes); as well as new undergarments (socks, underwear). Please note that we will NOT be accepting sealed bags, stained, or damaged goods, or used undergarments. 


Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights: a non-profit organization committed to expanding access to legal immigration services, participating in policy making and community organizing. Donate >

Safe Passage Project: a non-profit immigration legal services organization that provides free lawyers to refugee and immigrant children in the NYC-area who face deportation back to life-threatening situations. Donate >

RAICES: a non-profit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees, including legal services, social programs, and bond assistance. Donate >

La Colmena NYC: an organization working to empower day laborers, domestic workers, and other low-wage immigrant workers in Staten Island through organizing, education, culture, and economic development. Donate >

Coalition for Immigrant Freedom: a non-profit organization founded to educate, defend, and protect the rights of immigrants. Donate >

Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center: non-profit organization based in El Paso, Texas providing free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees in West Texas and New Mexico. Donate >

Artist Athletes Activists: a volunteer-led community organization currently on the ground at NYC’s Port Authority NYC assisting asylum seekers in obtaining food, clothing, shelter, and information on immigration hearings. Donate >

Team TLC NYC: a grassroots organization committed to providing basic needs and support to asylum seekers and immigrants. Donate >

Make the Road NY: an immigrant base-building group in New York working towards building the power of immigrant and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice. Donate >

New York Immigrant Coalition: an umbrella policy and advocacy organization that represents immigrant and refugee rights groups throughout New York. Donate >

Catholic Charities: a network of charities that believes that the collective efforts of the church to faithfully serve people in need. Donate >

The Legal Aid Society: a social justice law firm that works to defend clients and dismantle the hidden, systemic barriers that can prevent them from thriving in New York City. Donate >

Video: Cruzando el Desierto de Arizona,
Courtesy of Valentina Glockner Fagetti and Lindsey Cordero