Philanthropy can also support messaging and communications strategies that shift public perceptions about asylum and drive welcoming narratives. The recommendations highlighted below reflect core values of dignity, justice and belonging, as well as ongoing conversations with a broad range of community-based organizations in Mexico and the U.S, nationally and locally. There is a deep sense of urgency in the NGO community to be prepared.
A news article from Reuters looking at the positive impact the incoming Biden Administration may have on refugee populations around the world.
Amidst travel restrictions and other government responses to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as of March 17, 2020, temporarily suspended refugee resettlement departures—the actual travel of a refugee from their initial country of asylum to the country where they will be resettled. In addition to travel disruptions, the UNHCR cited concerns that refugees would be placed at a higher risk of contracting and transmitting the virus if they continued to travel as reasons behind their decision.
Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) invites their members to contribute to their COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund, which will provide emergency mini-grants to frontline organizations responding to the immediate needs of migrants and refugees to respond to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Al Otro Lado, a legal services organization, is seeking donations to provide 30-50 laptops to allow them to continue some operations during the COVID-19 outbreak.
San Diego Womens Foundation Lunch and Learn: How local and national funders support refugees, asylees & asylum seekers
Report on asylum and conditions in immigration detention based on analysis of the experiences of over 7,000 asylum-seeking families, totaling 17,000 people, including 7,900 children aged five years old or younger.
Join us for a conversation on unprecedented challenges presented by record breaking numbers of asylum-seeking families at the southern California border, and on-the-ground updates from leaders at the local, state, national levels.
Join us to for a funders-only call to learn about how members of FRAS are supporting refugee and asylum seeker communities.
Find all program-related materials for the webinar, "Funders for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Update Call" here.