How to Help Detained Migrant Families

Make an impact by contributing to these advocacy groups

With in-kind donations to detention centers being refused by Customs and Border Protection authorities, many are looking for ways to help improve conditions for refugees. Here is a list of organizations in need of volunteers and donations providing direct support and relief to detained refugees in Texas.

No More Cages Rally at the Capitol on July 4 (Photo by Jana Birchum)


The ACLU wants you to call your senator. Their website locates the phone number for you and provides a script for urging elected officials to denounce the Trump administration's immigration policy. ACLU also asks for donations and offers volunteer opportunities.

American Gateways

This Central Texas nonprofit provides legal services for asylum seekers. They are seeking both attorney volunteers and non-attorney volunteers, as well as donations.

Angry Tias and Abuelas

This nonprofit organization provides necessities to asylum seekers recently released from ICE custody. They are accepting monetary donations to purchase supplies and seeking volunteers to aid refugees with logistical services such as transportation and translation.

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project

ASAP is asking for monetary donations to fund emergency legal services to refugee families.

Casa Marianella

This local organization provides shelter and support for displaced immigrants. They are seeking volunteers as well as HEB gift cards to help feed their residents. Donations can be directed to:

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

The Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley is providing emergency assistance and shelter to families who have recently been released from border patrol custody. They are taking volunteers and donations to assist in building a new respite center for refugees.

Courts & Ports

The Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy is partnering with Texas Impact for Courts and Ports, a faith-based 2-day volunteer experience at court proceedings related to detention and deportation in Brownsville, Texas.

Dilley Pro Bono Project

The Dilley Pro Bono Project is looking for volunteer attorneys, law students, and paralegals with interest and experience in asylum work. Volunteers should be either fluent in Spanish or collaborating with an interpreter.

Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services

Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services provides free and low-cost legal services and education for detainees as well as recently released refugees. They are accepting donations and looking for volunteer pre-law students, paralegals, and legal service providers.

Grassroots Leadership

This Austin-based civil and human rights organization seeks donations for its Hutto Community Deportation Defense Bond Fund as well as a visitation program for the women detained inside the T. Don Hutto Detention Center, which is the only all-women’s facility in the country for asylum-seekers.

Immigrant Families Together

Immigrant Families Together accepts monetary donations to their Direct Action Rapid Response Fund. This fund is used to post bond for incarcerated refugee parents separated from their children, provide reunification transportation and shelter, and offer discounted legal services.

Justice for Our Neighbors - Austin Region

Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) offers free or low-cost immigration services for asylum seekers. JFON Austin is accepting donations as well as volunteer attorney assistance, document translation, and transportation services.

Kids in Need of Defense

KIND, which promotes immigrant and refugee children’s rights, is looking for donations and volunteer partnerships with law firms and legal service providers.

Las Americas Immigration Advocacy Center

The center offers a range of volunteer opportunities to assist in providing legal representation to refugee families. Las Americas accepts in-kind donations of office supplies as well as monetary donations.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is taking donations to assist refugees in resettlement, family reunification, foster care services, and community engagement.

Migrant Center for Human Rights

This San Antonio-based nonprofit is accepting donations to fund legal services for detained migrants and asylum seekers.


Via the LEAF Project, RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) is taking donations to provide universal representation for released unaccompanied kids in Texas. RAICES is also accepting donations to provide legal services for detained separated parents and for bonds to get parents released.

Safe Passage Project

Safe Passage Project is accepting donations to provide lawyers and part-time paralegals for underrepresented children. They are also seeking pro bono attorneys and other volunteers.

South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project

The American Bar Association Commission on Immigration runs this project to provide pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas. They’re seeking volunteer attorneys and translators.

Texas Civil Rights Project

The Texas Civil Rights Project is looking for bilingual volunteers who have paralegal or legal assistant experience to assist detained and separated parents. They are also taking donations.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is accepting volunteer applications for Child Advocates to unaccompanied migrant children. They are also taking monetary donations to provide Child Advocates.

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