Westminster members are becoming involved in this work as we organize efforts with community groups such as Sin Barreras, Legal Aid and Justice Center, and the Immigrant Advocacy and Resource Coalition. To get involved, you may contact the following:
For Transportation assistance, contact
Drivers are needed to take undocumented persons who must report to locations in Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax. Gail has a volunteer form for volunteers to complete in order to become a part of this network of drivers.
For Advocacy and Communications, contact
Sandy will be sending out information on how we can advocate for persons threatened with deportation, protecting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) act in place, and contacting our political representatives on behalf of our immigrant neighbors. Contact Sandy to get on her distribution list for these messages and opportunities.
For Visitation to Farmville Detention Center, contact
The Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition needs volunteers to assist them Wednesdays or Thursdays in their work of providing legal information and assistance to detainees. This opportunity requires an all day commitment plus travel time to and from Farmville. The next CAIR training for volunteers will be at the University of Richmond School of Law, Sept. 26 7:30-9 pm. Contact Gene for more information
Point Persons Needed
The Peace, Justice, and Inclusion Committee is looking for persons ready to assume a coordination role for WPC efforts in the following areas:
Rapid Response Hotline-being developed by a team of volunteers and professionals through Sin Barreras. This will give persons impacted by an ICE enforcement action timely access to guidance, resources, and legal help. Volunteers will be needed to take shifts to respond to such calls, and will be thoroughly trained and oriented.
Hospitality-several congregations/faith groups in Charlottesville have indicated willingness to provide safe space for persons threatened with deportation. They will need support in the form of groceries, toiletries, transportation, child care, and other material support should such sanctuary be offered.
Fundraising/Legal Assistance– undocumented persons without legal representation face a very high probability of being deported. Those who have legal assistance fare much better in the system. Fundraising activities to create legal funds to support the work of LAJC and pro bono legal aid can make the difference in keeping families intact and in their homes.
To discuss any of these coordination opportunities, please contact or Allen Hench