DTMG Guide to Resources to Stand Up for Immigrants
With Trump threatening ICE raids at the drop of a hat, the immigrant community is at perpetual peril. Join the fight to stand up for our neighbors, keep families and communities together, and protect our basic legal rights. Here are some ways you can help our local immigrant communities:
Volunteer for the Gilchrist Center
The Gilchrist Center provides important services to Montgomery County immigrants, including English and computer classes, referrals to programs and services offered by government agencies and community organizations, and classes to increase their knowledge to prepare for civic life or U.S. citizenship. Retirees, professionals, students and all community members are welcome to volunteer. The Gilchrist Center is currently in need of the following volunteers: ESOL instructors, computer instructors, database manager, data entry assistant, Spanish language instructor, special events aide, and administrative assistant. Learn more about the Gilchrist Center here.
Volunteer for Direct Support For Immigrants
Based in Takoma Park, Direct Support for Immigrants (DSI), provides a plethora of services and resources for immigrants, including legal representation, short term housing, educational programs (GED preparation and English language learning), child care, assistance with housing and job search, donations of household goods, and accompanying immigrants to civil, family, or criminal court and advocating on their behalf. Click here to learn more. For general inquiries send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer as an attorney or legal advocate
Pro bono attorneys are highly desired and many nonprofit immigration legal service providers offer volunteer opportunities for attorneys and legal advocates. If you or someone you know is interested, get more information here.
Volunteer for Capital Area Immigration’s Rights Coalition
The Capital Area Immigration’s Rights Coalition’s (CAIR Coalition) mission is to ensure equal justice for all immigrant adults and children at risk of detention and deportation in the Capital region area and beyond. They offer direct legal representation, “know your rights” presentations, impact litigation, advocacy, and the enlistment and training of attorneys to defend immigrants. Volunteer work includes jail visits, help with translating/interpreting, and staffing the emergency hotline. Spanish proficiency is highly desired but not required. Learn more about volunteering here.
Sanctuary DMV is an all-volunteer group standing in solidarity with immigrants and marginalized communities in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Get involved in actions including accompanying immigrants to immigration or court appointments, hearings, and ICE check-ins, or join their rapid response team to be trained as rapid responders to ICE raids at the request of local immigrants’ rights groups. They can also use your donations.
United We Dream
The largest immigrant youth-led network in the country offers a flyer in 11 languages on what to do if ICE shows up at your door. Get copies to distribute to anyone who may need it.
Get Involved in Local Politics
As we move ever-closer to the 2020 election, it is vital that voters stay engaged in local politics. At DoTheMostGood, this is central to our mission. If you’re not a member, join us. If you’re already getting our Action Update email, read it to find current opportunities to make a difference: write letters, organize a phone bank, canvass, or contact your representatives. The only way we will pass critical immigration legislation at the Federal level is for Democrats to take back the Senate and the White House!