Suggestions for helping migrant children in New York and elsewhere

There has been an outpouring of compassion and support for the children who have been shockingly and unjustly separated from their families at the border under the Trump Administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy. News reports and statements from the Governor and others have revealed that an unknown number of these children are being temporarily placed with various non-profit organizations in Westchester and the Greater New York area that specialize in providing services to teenagers and younger children.

Our best understanding is that the agencies working with children are NOT looking for any more physical donations of goods at this time. Most of them have had their needs met with generous donations of that kind already.

Instead, you may wish to consider a financial donation to any of these New York organizations that are working to support these families and other immigrant families in similar circumstances. Keep in mind this is far from a complete list, but is a good place to start.

Many of you may feel that a monetary donation is too impersonal. I completely understand that. You may wish to consider fulfilling some of the wish list items from Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, TX which is supporting a few hundred children, or the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, which runs a Humanitarian Respite Center for refugee families.

These past few weeks have been shocking and horrifying. I joined my colleagues in the New York State Legislature in calling on President Trump to rescind this inhumane and unethical practice resulting from his “zero tolerance” policy immediately, and to verify that his administration will return the over 2,000 children in custody that his policy has already ripped out of the arms of their parents.

I know that the compassionate spirit that moved so many of you to contact my office looking for ways to help reflects our true spirit as members of our neighborhood communities, as New Yorkers, and as Americans.

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