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June 29, 2018
 
NASW-NJ has received the following information from Center for Family Services (CFF) about how social workers can be of assistance to the immigrant children detained in our state. 
Become a Shelter Parent  - Spread the word about the need for community members in New Jersey's southern region to open their homes to provide short term shelter for a child. English speaking and Bilingual (English/Spanish) speaking homes needed.
Start a Collection - Host a collection to provide needed items for children in CFF's supportive housing programs. We can accept donations of new items.
 

 

June 28, 2018
 
NASW has issued two new Social Justice Briefs dealing with the immigration crisis.
 
The first, entitled "Intersection of Sanctuary Cities, National Immigration Policies, and Child Welfare Policies & Practice in the Trump Era," addresses how the movement has somewhat evolved over time, resulting in a merging of the purely humanitarian aspects of the philosophy into a political strategy being officially embraced by some state and local governments.

 

The second,"Unaccompanied Migrant Children: Overview & Recommendations" reviews the root causes triggering recent migration from Central American and offers recommendations for addressing this phenomenon. 

 
June 24, 2018


Earlier today, NASW-NJ received a copy of a national Open Letter from Concerned Social Workers regarding current immigration policies. This open letter will be posted publicly and sent to federal elected officials and agency heads, calling on them to end immigration policies and practices that we know to be harmful to children and families.

The full letter can be accessed here. Please note while NASW-NJ is in full support of this letter, we are not the author nor do we control the letter's distribution.

Social workers who would like to have their name included on this letter should follow the link above and sign-on by 11:59pm PST, today June 25.

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The Texas Tribune has published a very comprehensive list of organizations in Texas that are working to assist detained immigrants. The majority are legal resources.

www.texastribune.org/2018/06/18/heres-list-organizations-are-mobilizing-help-separated-immigrant-child/

 
June 23, 2018

 

NASW's National Office has released an updated statement on federal immigration policy.

 
June 22, 2018 

 

While NASW-NJ is relieved the Administration has reversed the harmful policy of separating migrant children from their parents, we are still facing a growing humanitarian crisis on our southern border.

Over 2,300 children were separated from their parents over the past several weeks and the Administration has no concrete plan to reunite them with their parents. We are aware that 3 or 4 children who were separated from their parents have been sent to New Jersey facilities for holding, along with over a dozen other unaccompanied minors. We are awaiting additional information on how we can help these children.

NASW-NJ calls on Congress to author and pass significant and comprehensive immigration legislation. It is time for Congress to develop appropriate policies for "Dreamers", political refugees, and immigrants escaping violence, as well as for persons who cross the borders for other reasons.  

Many social workers have reached out to us, asking how they can help the children and rectify this terrible situation. Following discussions with the NASW Texas Chapter and with immigrant rights groups in our state, here are some advised courses of action:
  • Offers to travel to Texas and provide clinical services to impacted children and families are appreciated, but not practical. Clinicians would need to be licensed in Texas to provide clinical services. In addition, it is extremely unlikely that volunteers would be allowed access to children in detainment facilities, since many public officials are being turned away.
  • Instead, NASW-NJ recommends -- Contact your members of Congress and demand a solution that will reunite children with their parents and also provide children and families with the health and mental health services they may require following this ordeal. Download the 5 Calls App for easy directions and prompts to take action.
  • Turn out for rallies and non-violent protest to make your voice heard. Events are planned in Washington, DC and throughout New Jersey on June 30. Details available as follows:

Buses to Washington, DC on June 30 have been chartered by the Union County Democratic Committee. The fee is $30.

If you are aware of other bus trips or events that should be added to this list, contact Jeff Feldman and we'll update the page.

 

NASW-NJ will continue to share information and updates as we receive more information.

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