News from Latin American Programs

The Latin American Concerns Committee calls your attention to two upcoming opportunities for you to become involved with Friends projects relating to Latin America and Latin Americans.

The first is a dinner in support of the  Undocumented Student Scholarship Project.  The program and dinner will take place on March 23, 2019, at Sacramento Friends Meeting.  See the attached invitation for more details.

Nine years ago Sacramento Friends Meeting (Quakers) initiated the Undocumented Student Scholarship Project for students at our nearby Sacramento State University. Since that time we have provided scholarships to 28 students in a variety of majors, both undergraduate and graduate. Each scholarship consists of $1000 per year until graduation.  Most of the support for the Undocumented Student Scholarship Project has come from donations from individuals and Friends Meetings. Several of our former scholarship recipients have begun to contribute as well.
We hope to see you at the dinner on March 23.
In peace,
Patricia Portillo

The second is a one-week Teaching English Experience taking place in Antigua, Guatemala, January 3-11, 2020.  This is an opportunity for you to make deep, personal connections and share cultural perspectives while providing English lessons to students supported by the Guatemala Friends Scholarship Program.  An optional highland tour is also available.  For more information see the attached flier or contact Martha Dugan  For the highland tour contact Donna Smith at

The Teaching English Experience is a soul satisfying week of hard work which is both fun and rewarding. Our students are eager to learn English and your efforts provide them with a chance to experience the joys of one-on-one learning. The only requirements are an open heart, patience and a desire to help a Guatemalan student. The ability to speak a little Spanish and previous teaching experiences are helpful but not necessary.

Child Refugees and Migration

Child Refugees and Migration Subcommittee PYM Latin American Concerns Committee

Suggested Donations

If you are looking for organizations to which to donate, the four organizations listed below are doing important work on different areas of this crisis:

Grassroots Leadership
Grassroots Leadership visits women and children who being held in immigrant detention
facilities and is very active in the movement against family detention.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
LIRS helps with unaccompanied minors find sponsors, organizes campaigns to write letters to
detained immigrant families, and also helps set up shelters that provide alternatives to

Kids in Need of Defense
KIND provides pro-bono legal support to unaccompanied minors to be sure that they don’t
have to go through their immigration hearings alone

Annunciation House, El Paso

Quaker Meetings and Organizations

Several Monthly Meetings have issued minutes on this situation, which can be found on the Pacific Yearly Meeting website:

Organizations in California

These are groups in California that have been active with different aspects of this issue:

Background information and News updates

Border Assistance

Family detention

Social Services

Lobbying and Political

Legal Services/Information

Law Suits

For those interested in information about immigration lawsuits, this is the best to regularly check ACLU Social.
Recent posts on this website:

  • “ACLU achieves class action lawsuit settlement that ends deceitful immigration practices”
    Posted on August 27, 2014
  • “ACLU SoCal commends Gov. Brown for efforts to help secure legal assistance for children at immigration court” Posted on August 22, 2014
  • “Victory! Immigration authorities must stop coercing immigrants into signing away their rights” Posted on August 25, 2014

Notes of other articles/blogs/announcements:

The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP have filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of children who are challenging the federal government’s failure to provide them with legal representation in deportation hearings. See ACLU website for updates.

  • Groups Ask Federal Court to Block Deportation Hearings for Children without Legal
  • Groups Sue Federal Government over Failure to Provide Legal Representation for Children
    Placed into Deportation Proceedings
  • Children Shouldn’t Be Left Alone in Immigration Court

Video Resources

Articles about individuals, situations. Personal stories good for conversations.