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A new partnership called the Border Kids’ Relief Project was launched Tuesday to support groups of children going through immigration proceedings, according to a statement released by the effort. The partnership of almost 20 organizations is being led by the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Speak Hispanic Communications and Family Is Familia. The relief project aims to organize donation drives across the country aimed at helping the children at the center of the ongoing border crisis. It also plans to lead online and social media outreach to garner support and coordinate a volunteer trip to serve at the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley.

“What we have here is a humanitarian crisis. We are talking about children who need our protection, our assistance, our love," said civil rights leader Dolores Huerta. “Regardless of the politics surrounding this issue, the fact of the matter is that the children and families going through this situation are suffering," said Elianne Ramos of Speak Hispanic.

The relief project will focus on helping children who are being transitioned into immigration proceedings and relocated to parts of the country where they have family. Currently, organizations and volunteers are prohibited from providing support to unaccompanied children who are being held in the detention centers across the country.



— Jacob Passy