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Here's how you can help children separated from their parents at the U.S. border

New Westminster researcher has compiled a list of ways Canadians and Americans can help - from donating money to writing petitions and organizing events. Here's that list.
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As New Westminster residents read the headlines about migrant children and their parents separated at the American border, talk on social media is rising – and one question is on everyone’s minds: What can we do?

Local researcher Oana Capota has seen a growing number of her friends asking that question. So she put her professional skills to work and started to dig around to find ways that people can help.

“I put together this list because I have many Canadian and American friends who are horrified at what's happening but said they didn't know what to do,” Capota said in an email.

Capota found ways for people to contribute money, write letters, sign petitions and offer volunteer help.

The list also includes a number of ideas for those who’d like to do something right here at home.

“I did include a section on what to do locally, as there are similar issues taking part in Canada,” Capota said. “Most of the Canadian ideas are basic, but I think an important first step for people who are not sure where to start.”

Here, for those who’ve been asking what they can do, is her list:





  • Al Otro Lado ( a bi-national, direct legal services organization serving indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana, Mexico, including parents whose children remain in the U.S.











  • Tahirih Justice Center ( provides legal services, training and education for immigrant women and girls, and policy advocacy.






Petitions and donations

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a lot of initiatives:


Closer to Home




• If you know any American immigration lawyers,let them know where they can volunteer their services.  Many of the organizations listed above also work with pro bono lawyers.  Other groups are:


Write Letters




  • A spokesperson for the Southern Border Communities Coalition ( encourages the public to write letters to the editor and op-eds about how the family-separation policy “contradicts American values.”  




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