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Immigrant Defense & Support: Volunteer Needs

We’ve been engaged in a number of immigrant defense and support activities. We need more volunteer help.

VOLUNTEER NEEDS

A. Safe Hotels Campaign

B. Rapid Response Team

C. Help for Mississippi Raid Victims

D. Court Monitoring

E. Bus Reception

F. Public Actions

G. Sponsor Families

 

VOLUNTEER NEEDS

A. Safe Hotels Campaign

We are asking hotels (chains and their local franchises) to commit to not doing business with ICE. No temporary detention beds. No workplace raids.

We need volunteers to coordinate visits to local hotel managers in NE Ohio (and coordinate those visits with any union workers at the hotels).  Read about the #NoHotelsForICE campaign here and sign the petition here.

If you would like to be part of the Safe Hotels Campaign in NE Ohio, please email irtf@irtfcleveland.org.

 

B. Rapid Response Team

You read about the raids in Mississippi on August 7 that led to the apprehension of 680 poultry workers, ripping them from the families. It was the largest single state raid in US history!

We need to get ready here and now. We have a team of people preparing to respond to ICE raids here in northern Ohio. There are many areas of response: getting people to turn out at the raid site, show up at the ICE office and detention centers, collect and deliver material aid to families left behind, provide counseling for children and spouses, hold fundraisers for the families…more.

If you would like to be part of the Rapid Response team, please email irtf@irtfcleveland.org.

 

C. Help for Mississippi Raid Victims

The Southeast Immigrant Rights Network is on the ground, helping to coordinate a response to the Aug 7 raids in Mississippi. They have asked for groups who want to help to fill out this form with whatever you can offer:  http://bit.ly/StandWithMS

 

D. Court Monitoring

Cleveland is the site of the only Immigration Court in Ohio. People drive from as far as Cincinnati and neighboring states to present their cases. Several judges hear the cases, including the cases of those detained across the state (via closed-circuit TV). Lawyers tell us that having volunteer monitors in the courtroom helps temper the judges. They encourage us to keep people monitors in the courtroom.

If you can volunteer half a day (once a month) and would like to be trained to become a court room monitor, please email irtf@irtfcleveland.org.

E. Bus Reception

We are part of a network of groups across the country who are welcoming migrants at bus stations (e.g., Greyhound) and providing them with food, backpacks, and other needed supplies. Most times they are just passing through; some recently out of detention.  We receive last minute notices from volunteers in other towns that a bus carrying some migrants will be passing through Cleveland in a couple of hours and can we go meet them.

If you can volunteer to be part of the Bus Reception program , please email irtf@irtfcleveland.org.

  

F. Public Actions

The public continues to be outraged by the harsh immigration enforcement practices going on across the country. We continue to keep the issue in the forefront: vigils, marches, rallies, street theatre.

If you would like to be part of the Public Actions team to help plan and carry out future actions, please email irtf@irtfcleveland.org.

G. Sponsor Families

Some immigrant detainees have nowhere to go if/when they are bonded out of detention (assuming they can raise the money).  We are developing a network of sponsor families to host them for a few months once they are released from detention.

If you would like us to speak to your congregation or community group about the sponsor family program, please email irtf@irtfcleveland.org.