The Direct Support Fund provides financial support to people in immigration detention, recently released from detention, and their families. Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) along with our allies are working hard to fight for an end to immigration detention at the policy level, but there is a way you can help right now. People in detention and their families face massive financial hurdles during their ordeals. Price gouging within the facilities of simple necessities–phone calls, stamps, and commissary food to supplement their inadequate meals–are all part of the inhumane practice of immigration detention. Additionally, without their wage earner, families struggle to put food on the table or pay basic bills or transportation fees to visit loved ones in often rural detention centers.
CIVIC (www.endisolation.org) is partnering with Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena to create the Direct Support Fund. Funds will be given directly to people in immigration detention and their families, families like the Bravo family (pictured here) who had two people disappeared into detention. Funding will go to support families in need of food, housing, transportation, money to call loved ones, medical bills, and attorney fees. All donations are tax deductible. CIVIC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit California corporation that is recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt. CIVIC’s tax ID is 80-0875881. You may donate on-line below or by sending a check made out to “CIVIC” to the following address: P.O. Box 40677, San Francisco, CA 94140. Please write “direct support” in the memo line of the check. For major gifts or questions, please email Christina Fialho at CFialho@endisolation.org or call us at 385-212-4842.